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WHAT MATTERS Warren: Epiphany, January 6th, 2020 – Experience “Epiphany on Demand”

I found myself with one of my unshakable urges that there’s something monumental to do today, on the first Epiphany of the new decade. After I googled the definition of “Epiphany” for inspiration, what to do became clear. In Christianity, Epiphany is the day symbolizing the moment when the wise men followed the star and were finally lead to Jesus. Epiphany is also used to indicate an ‘aha’ moment of some great insight.

When reading the definition, I had an “epiphany” of my own. When are the times in my life when I feel the wisest, most spiritual and have the most insight? When I’m meditating, of course! Less than six years ago, I was someone who wondered if meditation was sacrilegious. That was before I experienced the intimate connection to God and the world of spirit through meditation. Back then, I would have emphatically said, “I don’t have time to pray as much as I’d like to, much less meditate,” but today I know that there’s no better way to spend my time. It’s through meditation that our busy minds and lives can slow down long enough to allow us to hear the calling of our hearts.

The truth is, EVERYONE already meditates EVERY day. When we “zone out” while driving, or when our mind drifts to nowhere while in the shower, when we forget what we’re reading and our brain seems to pause for a moment or two, when our hearts are pumping during exercise and we lose track of time, or when we get lost in a good song. I’d be willing to bet everyone can also recall an “epiphany” that they’ve experienced in one of those moments – a sudden inspiring idea, an unexplainable thought about something that turns out to be important, or a random urge to reach out to someone that proved intuitive.


Here’s another newsflash – we ALL are already innate meditation experts, especially when we’re engaged in our favorite activities. Why do people love to fish, golf, write, play music, garden, woodwork, paint, play sports, bond with animals or do any other favorite pastime? Because it’s during those activities when our brains shut down and rest. I’ll be the first one to admit that my brain often shuts down and sleeps during meditation (and even during prayer – my kids have blackmail photos of me passed out by their bedside in the middle of the second verse of the Lord’s Prayer). It’s not easy to balance staying awake with shutting down rabid mental chatter during meditation. That’s why the one rule of meditation is that there IS NO RULE in meditation. We all have to find what works best for us, and it’s often a constant trial and error. Some people sit crossed legged with incense burning, some listen to calming music with their eyes wide open on a subway, others stand barefoot on the ground with their eyes closed. Sometimes people lay in bed and visualize their hopes and dreams, others take a few seconds throughout the day to breathe deeply when they feel overwhelmed or wisely pause a moment before saying something hurtful (choosing silence instead of anger). That’s all meditation.

My message for today is to encourage us all to find time every single day to meditate not just “accidentally” but ON PURPOSE, and in doing so watch even more miracles unfold in our lives. Even if our meditation is taking merely one minute before setting our morning alarms to be grateful for those miracles that happen all around us everyday. Or taking the seconds spent twice a day brushing our teeth to acknowledge the blessings in our lives.

Investing even in a few minutes of mindfulness, gratitude and meditation allows us to experience the phenomenon I call “Epiphany on Demand.” So, instead of picking up the remote control for the “on demand” offerings on TV, I invite you to press PAUSE in your brain, (even for just a few minutes before you pick up that alluring remote). Or take just a minute before you unlock your phone to log on YouTube and make time for YOU to press stop your autopilot habits and meditate in your own way. You could even join others in a 21 day meditation challenge and commit to devoting just 15 minutes each day to the practice. By making the choice to meditate for even minutes a day (minutes that you free up by engaging in a brief pause before watching TV or your phone or while watching yourself in your mirror brushing your teeth), you can watch the movie that is your life transform into a script that could win a Golden Globe.

The next time you pick up your remote, your phone or your toothbrush, embrace an opportunity to experience an Epiphany on Demand. Choose to take a few minutes or longer to meditate in whatever way feels right to you. I also invite you to join the new Facebook Group I started today to share about your experience and engage with others about theirs. Remember, epiphanies can be small or large. Perhaps your “aha” moment is to write a note to a friend, perhaps it’s to post a meditation tip, inspirational quote or insight that you have found helpful so that someone else in the group might benefit, or it could be a huge idea that transforms your life. The “Epiphany on Demand” group is a way to connect people who choose to quiet their minds, ever so briefly, to transform into the star of their own movies (not just an extra), and inspire others to do the same. It’s a group where we don’t pretend life is easy, but we remember that it can be easier – especially if we share our epiphanies with others.

As always, thanks for reading my rambles,
BETH

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Community Blood Drive to be held this Wednesday, March 3rd

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WHAT MATTERS Warren–The Front Royal Police Department is sponsoring a blood drive on Wednesday, and all eligible donors are encouraged to log onto redcrossblood.org to schedule a donation of the GIFT OF LIFE! Jeff Farmer and the American Red Cross staff are grateful for the ongoing support, especially for the amazing sponsors and volunteers who have embraced the Red Cross Blood Service’s mission during the pandemic. He reminds donors that walk-ins are not allowed during the crisis and appointments are required (to help avoid donors having to wait and limit their time in public). Many precautions are being taken by the organization to protect the safety of donors as they protect the lives of those in need by choosing to donate during the quarantine.

  • Front Royal Fire and Rescue Department (221 N Commerce Ave. Front Royal, VA 22630)
  • Wednesday, 3/3/2021, from 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM
  • Complimentary Screening for COVID Antibodies for all Blood Donors

RED CROSS PROTECTIVE MEASURES

All American Red Cross Staff before reporting to work are required to take their temperature. If they have a temperature of 99.5 degrees Fahrenheit they are required to not come to work.

At check-in, anyone entering the donation site such as donors and/or volunteers will have their temperatures taken. If at 99.5 degrees Fahrenheit or above they will be asked to leave.


All equipment from computers to tablets to donation beds will be wiped down after every user with sanitation wipes and everyone will be required to use hand sanitizer through every process of the donation stations. American Red Cross Staff are required to change gloves after every blood donor as well as usual.

Anyone nervous about donating during the pandemic is encouraged to log online to view the full protective measures being taken by the American Red Cross. redcrossblood.org/donate-blood.

FROM THE RED CROSS:

We’re also committed to helping others in meaningful ways during this pandemic. For a limited time, the American Red Cross will test all blood, platelet and plasma donations for COVID-19 antibodies as an additional health service to our donors. If you’re eligible and feeling well, we recommend scheduling an appointment now.

For detailed donor eligibility questions, please have your donors call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit RedCrossBlood.org. Donors can save up to 15 minutes by using RapidPass to complete the pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online. For more information, visit RedCrossBlood.org/RapidPass.

If you’d like to learn more about scheduling a blood drive at your business or organization, please contact:

Jeffrey Farmer
DRD Representative
American Red Cross
Cell – (540) 333-3788

“You can still go out and give blood. We’re worried about potential blood shortages in the future. Social distancing does not have to mean social disengagement.”

— US Surgeon General, Jerome Adams


About WHAT MATTERS:

WHAT MATTERS is a 501(c)(3) that focuses on local and global outreach to help spread the word, support and raise funds for causes (and people) that matter. WHAT MATTERS has ZERO overhead as 100% of the expenses are funded by Beth’s real estate business thanks to her clients and supporters. Every cent raised goes to the cause she’s promoting and many are matched by Beth. If you’d like to get involved with her many local or international projects, please visit www.whatmattersw2.com.

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Santa Claus is coming to Town, Warren County!

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Warren County Parks and Recreation is going above and beyond to bring Christmas joy to local families. Festivities are plentiful and underway now—watch this video to learn more and spread holiday cheer by spreading the word about the fun (and safe) activities (at home, virtual and in-person) happening this month courtesy of Warren Co. Parks and Recreation!

Here are some more Winter-Holiday programs from Parks & Recs:

Merry & Bright Holiday Themed Activity Box

Warren County Parks and Recreation and the Warren County 4-H have created the “Merry & Bright” holiday-themed activity box! Each box will include supplies, ingredients, and instructions for several holiday-themed, activities, crafts, and some sweet treats.


The box is free and limited to the first 50 registrants.  Limit one (1) per household and registrant must be under the age of 13 years old.  For more information, contact the Warren County Community Center by phone at (540) 635-1021 or via email at wcccinfo@warrencountyva.net. Registrations will be accepted from December 14, 2020, through December 16, 2020, by visiting parksandrecreation.warrencountyva.net

Pick up information will be available after registration has ended.  Contactless curbside pickup will be available.

Pictures with Santa

Come join the staff of Warren County Parks and Recreation and get your picture taken with the North Pole’s jolliest elf, Santa! We have put together a brunch box for you to enjoy. The box contains seasonal crafts and delicious treats. Photos with Santa will be taken and printed on-site.

Pictures with Santa are for children under 10 years old and must be accompanied by an adult. The cost for the pictures with Santa event is $10.00 per person. The event is limited to 50 participants; pre-registration is recommended. Only 25 people will be allowed in the building at a time.

Pictures with Santa will be on held Sunday, December 13, 2020, from 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm at the Warren County Community Center, located at 538 Villa Avenue, Front Royal, Virginia 22630.

Letters to Santa

Did you know that Warren County Parks and Recreation has a great relationship with Santa Claus? He will be stopping by the Warren County Community Center on December 13, 2020, from 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm to take pictures with you. This year Santa asked if we could help get letters from kids to him, so he could respond back to them before Christmas. Of course, we said that we are happy to help!

Visit our website for information on how to properly send your letter to Santa: parksandrecreation.warrencountyva.net

Letters to Santa will be accepted from December 7, 2020, through December 16, 2020, and letters are for children 10 years of age and younger.  Letters must be submitted no later than 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 16, 2020.

Gingerbread House Contest

Join Warren County Parks and Recreation for a Gingerbread House Building Contest! Show off your gingerbread house construction skills & artistry. The winner will receive a $25.00 gift card to Walmart.

The contest will run December 14, 2020 – December 23, 2020, and the winner will be announced on the Parks and Recreation Facebook page on December 28, 2020. Registration opens December 7, 2020. The first 25 to register for the contest will receive a free gingerbread house kit. Kits will be available for pickup on December 11, 2020.

Please post photos of your gingerbread house on our Facebook page at Warren County Parks and Recreation.

Christmas Scavenger Hunt

Santa needs your help! His elves went to play in the park and have lost their way back to Santa’s Workshop.  The elves are lost somewhere in Gertrude Miller and Lions Park; we have a map that may help you locate them.  Each elf represents a letter, and once you find all the elves, you can help us unscramble our Christmas message.

Once you have the message, please submit to twalker@warrencountyva.net.  If you submit the correct phrase, you will be entered into our Christmas Scavenger Hunt drawing for several prizes.

The scavenger hunt will be open from December 7, 2020, through December 18, 2020, and this activity is for children 13 years of age and younger.  Messages must be submitted no later than 5:00 pm on Friday, December 18, 2020. Winners will be announced live via Facebook on Monday, December 21, 2020.

These programs are eligible for online registration, visit us on the web at parksandrecreation.warrencountyva.net

Additional registration information can be obtained by contacting the Warren County Community Center, Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., evening and weekend hours may vary, at (540) 635-1021 or via email at wcccinfo@warrencountyva.net.

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A “COVID Christmas” message from Santa

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WHAT MATTERS Warren–The holiday season has officially arrived and this Christmas, young and old alike will be wishing for a COVID-Free 2021! Share this video with your young friends to reassure them that, though life is not as jolly as we’d like it to be, Christmas is NOT cancelled!  Watch as Santa explains the importance of staying safe and being kind. To learn more about Santa Gary (along with Mrs. Claus), visit Facebook.com/northpolegary or email sanra@northpolegary.com. The Sleigh phone is rung at 703.304.2769.

Here’s an important message directly from Santa:

“Hi boys and girls, I believe some of you are worried that I might not make it to your homes this Christmas Eve due to the COVID virus.  Please don’t worry.  I have clearance from every country and myself and all my Reindeer are all fit and well.

Due to all the restrictions in the workplace, some of my elves have not been able to help in my workshop, also we cannot get all of the materials to produce all of the toys you have asked for.  We are working as hard as we can, but some toys will not be ready.


If you do not get everything you asked for it is not because you have not been very good, in fact, you have all behaved so well during these tough times.  It is because unfortunately, I can not have them by Christmas, some of you may get what you asked for, but if your sister, brother, or friend does not please be kind to them as I know they will be disappointed.

Everyone will get presents and if it’s not exactly what you asked for, I hope you understand.

So stay safe, keep up the good work and I will see you all on Christmas Eve (but you will be asleep so you won’t see me!)  Tell your grown-ups to share with their friends so everyone knows I will be at their home for Christmas.”

Love and best wishes,

Checked Twice
Santa Gary
Northpole


WHAT MATTERS:

Are you or your group in need of a free video or article that could be created to help market your cause or event?   Or do you have an interesting story to share?  Beth’s WHAT MATTERS Warren videos post on Facebook and Youtube. They are also shared with the Royal Examiner online (most are distributed in their daily email blast to thousands of local residents). Sign up for the Royal Examiner at www.royalexaminer.com and check out the “WHAT MATTERS Warren” tab under “Features.”

Learn more about Beth’s nonprofit,  WHAT MATTERS, a 501 (c) (3), at www.whatmattersw2.com–check out the “Community” section to request a TOWN TIP or WHAT MATTERS WARREN BETHvid or contact her at 540-671-6145 or beth@whatmattersw2.com.

About WHAT MATTERS:

WHAT MATTERS is a 501(c)(3) that focuses on local and global outreach to help spread the word, support and raise funds for causes that matter (primarily through Facebook). WHAT MATTERS has ZERO overhead as 100% of the expenses are funded by Beth’s real estate business thanks to her clients and supporters.  Every cent donated goes to the cause.  If you’d like to get involved with her local or international nonprofit work, or travel to Africa with her on a future trip to work with the children of Light up Life Foundations, please visit www.whatmattersw2.com. Be sure to check out the “projects” tab for her current WHAT MATTERS Initiatives.

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“Wreaths Across America Day” will be celebrated December 19th

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WHAT MATTERS Warren — For several years, Troop 4 has participated in the national day of remembering the fallen and honoring those who serve, and as an effort to teach children the value of freedom. This year, Troop 4 will again partner with WAA to honor our Veterans.  COVID-19 safety precautions will be in place, and guests are asked to wear masks.  “It may slow us down, but it will not stop us,” said Jim Naccash, Scoutmaster for Troop 4.  “Despite the Pandemic, we continue to operate to serve our community.” Click the video below to see the video about last year’s touching event:

Donations are accepted all year to recognize each military grave in the cemetery, and WHAT MATTERS is making a “Next 10 Wreaths” challenge. Beth will match the next 10 wreaths sponsored in memory of those who have served. Wreaths are only $15 each, so please sponsor 2 or more, if you can. Also, check out the fantastic gift-giving ideas on their website (including ways to donate in memory/ honor of a loved one and to pair a donation with a purchase of a fresh wreath delivered to your door).

To support log onto wreathsacrossamerica.org. If you’d like to participate in the “Next 10 Wreaths” challenge, email hitek007@hotmail.com after placing your order and your donation will be matched as explained above.

Visit WreathsAcrossAmerica.org for more details about this touching event that flocked more than 1,200 cemeteries with wreaths for the holiday season and to sponsor a wreath for Prospect Hill Cemetery.


To purchase: Cash or checks made out to Troop 4 or wreaths may be sponsored via credit card online here.  Or visit the national site, Wreathsacrossamerica.org  click on “search for groups.” Type in Boy Scouts of America Troop 4 (VA0443P)” and select “sponsor.”

From Wreaths Across America: “Wreaths Across America’s mission touches the lives of thousands of school, scout, civic and religious groups across the country through fundraising for wreath sponsorships. These groups help us ensure that we reach our goal to place a wreath on each hero’s grave. We understand we have Veterans Day in the fall and Memorial Day in the spring, but our service members sacrifice their time and safety every single day of the year to preserve our freedoms. In many homes, there is an empty seat for one who is serving or one who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country. We hope you will join us at any of our more than 1,600 participating locations to show our veterans and their families that we will not forget. We will never forget.”

Due to recent  COVID-19 regulations, there will be limited capacity at the opening ceremony tent.  Volunteers are welcome to watch the event from the cemetery property in their cars AND we ALL can join the live streaming of the event on Social Media. (details will be posted here before the event.)

Volunteers are still invited to join the group in laying wreaths on the graves of our veterans in small groups after the ceremony. Directions will be provided at the event.  Thanks in advance for joining together to honor the memory of veterans in our community!


WHAT MATTERS:

Are you or your group in need of a free video or article that could be created to help market your cause or event?   Or do you have an interesting story to share?  Beth’s WHAT MATTERS Warren videos post on Facebook and Youtube. They are also shared with the Royal Examiner online (most are distributed in their daily email blast to thousands of local residents). Sign up for the Royal Examiner at www.royalexaminer.com and check out the “WHAT MATTERS Warren” tab under “Features.”

Learn more about Beth’s nonprofit,  WHAT MATTERS, a 501 (c) (3), at www.whatmattersw2.com–check out the “Community” section to request a TOWN TIP or WHAT MATTERS WARREN BETHvid or contact her at 540-671-6145 or beth@whatmattersw2.com.

About WHAT MATTERS:

WHAT MATTERS is a 501(c)(3) that focuses on local and global outreach to help spread the word, support and raise funds for causes that matter (primarily through Facebook). WHAT MATTERS has ZERO overhead as 100% of the expenses are funded by Beth’s real estate business thanks to her clients and supporters.  Every cent donated goes to the cause.  If you’d like to get involved with her local or international nonprofit work, or travel to Africa with her on a future trip to work with the children of Light up Life Foundations, please visit www.whatmattersw2.com. Be sure to check out the “projects” tab for her current WHAT MATTERS Initiatives.

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Attention cyber shoppers: Support a Warren Co. entrepreneur’s dream and buy a Jarvis Handheld Vacuum online – free shipping!

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Holiday gift-buying season has officially begun, and this season our community has the opportunity to buy a fantastic gift for a loved one while supporting local entrepreneur, Asanti Wilson, a 2004 Warren County High School graduate!  Watch the impressive performance of the Jarvis Handheld wet/dry vacuum in this video and click to purchase this affordable gift for anyone (and be sure to add it to your own Christmas wish list!).

Wilson is in his third year of leading his growing business, the super performance handheld Jarvis vacuum.  A powerful device perfect for auto detailing and cleaning up liquid spills throughout the car or home, the cordless and corded models start at $29.87 (with free shipping).  Founded in 2018, Jarvis has grown quickly since its launch due to its high-quality suction and accessories and it’s backing by Asanti’s passionate dream.  It was listed on Amazon in 2018, expanded to Walmart in 2020 and its online availability is growing.

Jarvis is available on  www.JarvisVAC.com, Amazon, Walmart, and Google shopping.  As we all know, reviews are what encourage us to click on a product when online browsing, so please take the time to submit a review!  After you try it out for yourself and experience its amazing results, please share a review to help Asanti in his dream of being able to expand to offer Jarvis in brick and mortar stores in 2021!

During 2020 and the Covid-induced challenges it has presented, Asanti has kept his business afloat.  He is one of the many local business owners who has benefited from the Governor’s CARES funding and used the grant to keep thriving during these challenging times. He says of the program, “It is great that our community is helping all types of businesses prosper.  It is so important for businesses to always keep a lookout for opportunities that can help their business during these challenging times.” He encourages his fellow entrepreneurs and adds, “Don’t throw in the towel yet!”


Niki Foster, President of the Front Royal/Warren County Chamber of Commerce is proud to have been a part of contributing to the resilience of local businesses owners like Asanti, “It’s wonderful that our local governments placed their faith in the Chamber to administer such a worthwhile program for our business community.   Through the Town and County Grant programs, we’ve been able to assist approximately 200 businesses and non-profits with grants totaling over 2 million dollars.  I’m so thankful for our volunteers who’ve spent hours, sometimes full days working to approve applications and get the money into the hands of local business owners who’ve needed it, in some cases to keep their doors open,” added Niki.

Let’s join together as a community and show support to this local man’s dream while benefiting from a great product for ourselves or giving the Jarvis vacuum as a gift this holiday season! Log onto www.JarvisVAC.com, Amazon, Walmart, or Google shopping–enjoy free shipping and a one-year warranty with every purchase!

JARVIS Handheld Vacuum Includes

  • Owner’s Manual
  • Quick Tips & EZ Use Card
  • 18″ Jarvis Logo Nylon Carrying Backpack
  • Extension Hose
  • Short 360 Suction Nozzle
  • Long Suction Nozzle
  • Carpet Brush
  • XL HEPA Filter
  • 100% Microfiber Towel
  • Vent Brush Duster
  • 120″ DC 12V Power Cord (corded car vacuum model only)
  • Home Quick Charge (cordless model only)y Features & Upgrades:
  • New lightweight futuristic sleek style. Beauty & Brawns all in one package.
  • Easy plug & play universal fit, for any car, truck, suv, crossover, hybrid, rv, camper, or boat with a 12V and/or cigarette lighter socket.
  • 85KPA strong suction power. More suction power versus other handheld vacuums. Save time and clean up faster with less effort.
  • Simple wash & reuse encased HEPA filter design keeps liquid and dirt away from the filter more effectively, improving longevity and vacuum performance. No need for spare filters.
  • 4 durable ABS attachments allow you to reach even the most difficult areas, like between and under the seats.
  • Cool JARVIS carrying box and backpack to store your vacuum and attachments neatly and ready for next use.
  • 30-minute run time(cordless model only)
  • 5 Hour home quick charger (cordless model only)

No more paying to use the clunky vacuum at your local car wash or lugging out the heavy house vacuum every time your kids or your guest make a mess. Clean up anytime anywhere quick and easy. Whether you are a car enthusiast, supermom, uber driver, or straight clean freak, Jarvis™ is right for you!

2 models available | 1-year warranty included

  • $59.97 cordless
  • $29.87 corded

WHAT MATTERS:

Are you or your group in need of a free video or article that could be created to help market your cause or event?   Or do you have an interesting story to share?  Beth’s WHAT MATTERS Warren videos post on Facebook and YouTube. They are also shared with the Royal Examiner online (most are distributed in their daily email blast to thousands of local residents). Sign up for the Royal Examiner at www.royalexaminer.com and check out the “WHAT MATTERS Warren” tab under “Features.”

Learn more about Beth’s nonprofit,  WHAT MATTERS, a 501 (c) (3), at www.whatmattersw2.com–check out the “Community” section to request a TOWN TIP or WHAT MATTERS WARREN BETHvid or contact her at 540-671-6145 or beth@whatmattersw2.com.

About WHAT MATTERS:

WHAT MATTERS is a 501(c)(3) that focuses on local and global outreach to help spread the word, support and raise funds for causes that matter (primarily through Facebook). WHAT MATTERS has ZERO overhead as 100% of the expenses are funded by Beth’s real estate business thanks to her clients and supporters.  Every cent donated goes to the cause.  If you’d like to get involved with her local or international nonprofit work or travel to Africa with her on a future trip to work with the children of Light up Life Foundations, please visit www.whatmattersw2.com. Be sure to check out the “projects” tab for her current WHAT MATTERS Initiatives.

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Give the GIFT OF LIFE this Holiday Season

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All eligible donors are encouraged to log onto redcrossblood.org to schedule a donation for the Community Blood Drives this holiday season. There’s no better gift to give than the GIFT OF LIFE!

Jeff Farmer and the American Red Cross staff are grateful for the ongoing support, especially for the amazing sponsors and volunteers who have embraced the Red Cross Blood Service’s mission during the pandemic.  “Virginia Hills Church and the American Legion have really stepped up to the plate and have made a tremendous difference in our being able to continue to maintain the blood supply during these challenging times,” said a thankful Farmer.  He reminds donors that walk-ins are not allowed during the crisis and appointments are required (to help avoid donors having to wait and limit their time in public). Many precautions are being taken by the organization to protect the safety of donors as they protect the lives of those in need by choosing to donate during the quarantine.

NEXT LOCAL BLOOD DRIVES

Community Blood Drive at Front Royal Fire and Rescue Dept
221 N Commerce Ave Front Royal, VA 22630
12/07/2020 | 10:00 AM – 03:00 PM


Rotary Club of the Northern Shenandoah Valley Blood Drive @ American Legion
22 W 8th St
Front Royal, VA 22630
12/16/2020 | 02:00 PM – 07:00 PM

Virginia Hills Church Blood Drive
737 Rockland Rd
Front Royal, VA 22630
12/29/2020 | 12:00 PM – 05:00 PM

RED CROSS PROTECTIVE MEASURES

All American Red Cross Staff before reporting to work are required to take their temperature. If they have a temperature of 99.5 degrees Fahrenheit they are required to not come to work.

At check-in, anyone entering the donation site such as donors and/or volunteers will have their temperatures taken. If at 99.5 degrees Fahrenheit or above they will be asked to leave.

All equipment from computers to tablets to donation beds will be wiped down after every user with sanitation wipes and everyone will be required to use hand sanitizer through every process of the donation stations.  American Red Cross Staff are required to change gloves after every blood donor as well as usual.

Anyone nervous about donating during the pandemic is encouraged to log online to view the full protective measures being taken by the American Red Cross. https://www.redcrossblood.org/donate-blood/dlp/coronavirus–covid-19–and-blood-donation.html

FROM THE RED CROSS:

We’re also committed to helping others in meaningful ways during this pandemic. For a limited time, the American Red Cross will test all blood, platelet, and plasma donations for COVID-19 antibodies as an additional health service to our donors. If you’re eligible and feeling well, we recommend scheduling an appointment now.

For detailed donor eligibility questions, please have your donors call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit RedCrossBlood.org. Donors can save up to 15 minutes by using RapidPass to complete the pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online. For more information, visit RedCrossBlood.org/RapidPass.

If you’d like to learn more about scheduling a blood drive at your business or organization, please contact:

Jeffrey Farmer
DRD Representative
American Red Cross
Cell – (540) 333-3788

“You can still go out and give blood. We’re worried about potential blood shortages in the future. Social distancing does not have to mean social disengagement.”

— US Surgeon General, Jerome Adams

WHAT MATTERS:
Are you or your group in need of a free video that could be created to help market your cause or event?  Beth’s WHAT MATTERS Warren videos post on Facebook and YouTube.

Learn more about Beth’s nonprofit,  WHAT MATTERS, a 501 (c) (3), at www.whatmattersw2.com–check out the “Community” section to request a TOWN TIP or WHAT MATTERS WARREN BETHvid or contact her at 540-671-6145 or beth@whatmattersw2.com.

About WHAT MATTERS:
WHAT MATTERS is a 501(c)(3) that focuses on local and global outreach to help spread the word, support and raise funds for causes that matter (primarily through Facebook). WHAT MATTERS has ZERO overhead as 100% of the expenses are funded by Beth’s real estate business thanks to her clients and supporters.  Every cent raised goes to the cause she’s promoting and most are matched by Beth.  If you’d like to get involved with her local or international nonprofit work or travel to Africa with her on a future trip to work with the children of Light up Life Foundations, please visit www.whatmattersw2.com.

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Thu
6:00 pm Monument to Mosby’s Men Ceremony @ Prospect Hill Cemetery
Monument to Mosby’s Men Ceremony @ Prospect Hill Cemetery
Sep 23 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Monument to Mosby’s Men Ceremony @ Prospect Hill Cemetery
The Col. John S. Mosby Camp, Sons of Confederate Veterans, will lead the annual “Monument to Mosby’s Men Ceremony” commemorating the fallen of Mosby’s command at 6 pm on Thursday, September 23rd, at Front Royal’s[...]
Sep
25
Sat
10:00 am 3rd Annual French & Indian War W... @ Abram's Delight
3rd Annual French & Indian War W... @ Abram's Delight
Sep 25 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
3rd Annual French & Indian War Weekend @ Abram's Delight
Saturday, September 25, and Sunday, September 26, from 10 am to 5 pm. 18th Century Colonial encampments with historical interpretation of British, French and Native Americans on the Western frontier of the Virginia Colony during[...]
10:00 am National Public Lands Day @ Sky Meadows State Park
National Public Lands Day @ Sky Meadows State Park
Sep 25 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
National Public Lands Day @ Sky Meadows State Park
Carriage Barn in the Historic Area. A blight decimated American Chestnut trees in North America in the 1920s. One hundred years later, Sky Meadows State Park has teamed up with the Virginia Chapter of the[...]
11:00 am Friends of Sky Meadows Farm Market @ Sky Meadows State Park
Friends of Sky Meadows Farm Market @ Sky Meadows State Park
Sep 25 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Friends of Sky Meadows Farm Market @ Sky Meadows State Park
Historic Area. Stop by the Friends of Sky Meadows Farmer’s Market for tasty preserved products, heirloom vegetables, eggs and more. Pick from seasonal vegetables grown in Sky Meadows’ authentic Kitchen Garden, July through September. Grab[...]
Sep
26
Sun
10:00 am 3rd Annual French & Indian War W... @ Abram's Delight
3rd Annual French & Indian War W... @ Abram's Delight
Sep 26 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
3rd Annual French & Indian War Weekend @ Abram's Delight
Saturday, September 25, and Sunday, September 26, from 10 am to 5 pm. 18th Century Colonial encampments with historical interpretation of British, French and Native Americans on the Western frontier of the Virginia Colony during[...]
Sep
27
Mon
2:00 pm Trauma-Informed Training @ ONLINE
Trauma-Informed Training @ ONLINE
Sep 27 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Trauma-Informed Training @ ONLINE
WARREN COALITION OFFERS FREE TRAUMA-INFORMED TRAINING IN SEPTEMBER Have you ever felt alone? Do you wonder why you react the way you do? Do you work with children? If you answered yes to any of[...]
Sep
28
Tue
7:00 pm Community Parent Night @ Dominion Ridge Academy
Community Parent Night @ Dominion Ridge Academy
Sep 28 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Community Parent Night @ Dominion Ridge Academy
Dominion Ridge Academy is proud to host this free community event for parents featuring international speaker, author, and comedian Christopher O’Shaughnessy. Come enjoy an evening of laughter and inspiration as Chris addresses the themes of[...]
Oct
2
Sat
4:00 pm Oktoberfest: Family Fun Day @ Wakefield Country Day School
Oktoberfest: Family Fun Day @ Wakefield Country Day School
Oct 2 @ 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Oktoberfest: Family Fun Day @ Wakefield Country Day School
October 2, 2021 from 4pm-8pm All are welcome to attend the 2nd Annual Oktoberfest at Wakefield Country Day School. Loosen your Leiderhosen and get ready for Oktoberfest! This year, the Edelweiss Band is coming to[...]