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Town Tip Thursday: Warm up a local child’s winter with just $20

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Town Tip Thursday
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Watch this 2 minute video interview to learn of a way you can warm up a local child’s winter with just $20! According to a recent press release, The Rotary Club of Front Royal announced that it is partnering with the Warren County Department of Social Services again in 2018 to purchase coats for kids through Operation Warm. Last year, as part of the Club’s annual Doc Smith Christmas Basket Program, which provided 145 boxes of food to needy families in the Front Royal-Warren County community, the Club gave out 134 coats to children in need identified by the Department of Social Services.

According to Club President Kym Crump, “The goal of the Doc Smith Christmas Basket Program is to provide basic food staples to families in need in the community to make sure that they can have a traditional Christmas dinner. By the Club adding coats to the donation last year it ensured that every child served by the program will have a new coat this Christmas.” The Doc Smith Christmas Basket program has been a long-standing program in Front Royal originated by Edgar C. “Doc” Smith, Chief of Police, in 1916. The program was named after him based on his continued service to the needy, and continues to serve 100-150 families annually throughout Warren County. A local Sorority (Psi Master Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi Sorority) had coordinated this program for approximately 30 years (1973-2003). The Sorority approached the Club in 2003 about the possibility of taking this program over, and the Club gladly did so.

Operation Warm was established in 1998 to provide coats for school children in need. For a child, a brand new winter coat can be #morethanacoat – it can change a child’s life and empower them with greater self-confidence and increased school attendance. Operation Warm, based in Pennsylvania, manufactures and provides a thoughtfully designed collection of brand new winter coats to children in need. Additional information on Operation Warm can be found at www.operationwarm.org.

According to Social Services Director DeAnna Cheatham, “Partnering with Rotary Club of Front Royal provides an excellent opportunity to help children in Warren County with a basic necessity. Often people want to help their fellow community members but may be reluctant or uncertain of how they can best do that and be certain of where their donations are going. This program helps to address a real community need that faces some of our most vulnerable citizens and their families. Everyone can do something to help and this is a simple way to have a significant and direct impact. The mission of the Department of Social Services is to help people triumph over poverty, abuse and neglect. This program is just one of many services that the Department provides to help meet the ever changing needs of the community.”

County Administrator Doug Stanley who serves as the Board for Social Services and is heading up the fundraising for the Rotary Club added, “The idea for the effort came from the Coats for Kids Program in Winchester/Frederick County. In talking with Erik Beatley, Chairman of the Community Foundation of the Northern Shenandoah Valley and organizer of the Coats for Kids Program there, it seemed like a great opportunity to meet a need in the Front Royal-Warren County community. We were so excited to be able to provide 134 coats last year and we are hoping that we will be able to expand the program this year and have set a preliminary target of 150-175 coats for the 2018 holiday season.”

Mr. Stanley also noted that the Club is in the process of raising $3,000 to purchase the coats. While the Club received a number of small donations last year, several businesses and individuals supported the project through direct donations and allowing donation boxes to be placed in their business during the holiday season.

Anyone interested in donating to the program can drop off donations at the following locations:

  • Warren County Administration Office at the Warren County Government Center – 220 North Commerce Avenue, Suite 100
  • Department of Social Services at the Health and Human Services Complex
  • Various donation boxes in the community at businesses such as the Warren County Government Center, Health and Human Services Complex, Blake and Company, United Bank, IHOP, RSW Regional Jail, Royal Cinemas, Royal Family Bowling Center, Royal Oak Animal Clinic, Southern States, , and the Apple House.

For additional information, please contact Michelle Smeltzer, Warren County Community Liaison, at (540) 892-6108 at michelle.smeltzer@dss.virginia.gov.


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Next local blood drive this Thursday, August 27

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WHAT MATTERS Warren — All eligible donors are encouraged to log onto redcrossblood.org to schedule a donation for the Community Blood Drives this month. 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 has really stepped up to the plate and has made a tremendous difference in our being able to continue to maintain the blood supply during these challenging times. They’ve been incredible since the pandemic and are willing to host drives that aren’t able to be held at other locations. Their staff and volunteers have gone above and beyond at each of their many drives. They’ve also inspired first-time donors to come out and roll up their sleeves,” 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.

Virginia Hills Church
737 Rockland Rd | Front Royal, VA 22630
12:00 PM – 05:30 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.

FROM THE RED CROSS:

To thank you for making time to give blood, platelets or AB Elite plasma Aug. 1-Sept. 3, 2020, we’ll send you a $5 Amazon.com Gift Card* by email.**

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


Next Local Drives:

  • Virginia Hills Church
    737 Rockland Rd | Front Royal, VA 22630
    12:00 PM – 05:30 PM
  • American Legion
    22 W 8th St | Front Royal, VA 22630
    09/18/2020 | 12:00 PM – 05:00 PM
  • Riverton United Methodist Church
    55 E.Strasburg Rd | Front Royal, VA 22630
    09/22/2020 | 02:00 PM – 07:00 PM

WHAT MATTERS INITIATIVE

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 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 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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Warren County 4-H Livestock Program show and auction at VA Livestock Market this weekend

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WHAT MATTERS Warren — In this video, meet the Jenkins family, Chester (their son Jacob’s grain-fed steer) and George and Karen McIntyre (avid 4-H supporters and the high bidders for Jacob’s hog at last year’s 4-H WC Fair auction event). Many avid Warren County Fairgoers are missing the 4-H livestock section as they peruse the fairgrounds on Rockland Road this week. This Saturday evening (8/22), however, they’ll have the chance to visit the beloved animals and support the 4-H Livestock Program through the animal auction at 7pm. The community is invited to the Virginia Livestock Market at 2796 Rivermont Dr in Front Royal, this Friday and Saturday, for a show at 6pm each day, and an auction at 7pm on Saturday night (registration begins at 6pm).

The youth participants in the livestock program are among the many victims of the COVID crisis who face unwelcome changes to their routines. Their traditional avenue of raising funds during the WC Fair auction (to cover the expenses they have incurred in the specialty raising of their market animals) has been eliminated. These hard-working youth and their supportive families are fearful that the turnout for the auction at its new location off Rt. 619 this weekend will be limited.

George and Karen McIntyre encourage small businesses to come out to support the families by bidding on the animals and considering splitting the meat and stocking the freezers of employees or clients. Friends and family could also consider joining together to split the beef or pork. It’s a win-win way for meat-lovers to support the 4-H, the Livestock Program and the youth who have dedicated countless hours to raising fantastic market animals.

For more information, to register or inquire about the process or program, please contact David or Cristel Jenkins at 540-636-4952. Due to COVID restrictions, the program facilitators would appreciate a head-count to know how to best accommodate those who plan to attend. Gore’s Meats has already been booked for the animals from the auction so there is no waiting period for the animals. Those interested in becoming a part of the 4-H family are welcome to call the extension office at 540-615-4549.

ABOUT THE JENKINS:

The Jenkins are a fine example of a dedicated family who invests time, money and energy into raising their 4-H livestock to market. Jacob has been showing through the program for seven years, and his siblings for a total of 18 years. His parents, David and Christel Jenkins, are proud to support the program that teaches their children responsibility and many practical life skills. This year, Jacob will be showing a special steer (Chester) and two hogs.

ABOUT THE 4-H LIVESTOCK PROGRAM:

The 4-H Youth Livestock Program is the largest animal science project area enabling youth to develop their interest in beef cattle, sheep, and swine in their 4-H projects. Youth learn about selection, care, and feeding of livestock, animal health, and importance of good record keeping. Emphasis for these projects continues to be focused on life skill development.

This program offers competitions such as livestock judging and stockmen’s contests as well as livestock shows at the county, district, and state levels.*

*From the VA Cooperative Extension Website


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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 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 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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Town of FR infuses 1+ million into local businesses through CARES – Deadline Monday, August 10th

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WHAT MATTERS Warren — In this video, learn about the Town of Front Royal’s ongoing efforts that are infusing over 1 million dollars into small businesses impacted by the COVID crisis. Niki Foster Cales (of the FR/WC Chamber of Commerce) discusses the FR CARES program’s simple application process and encourages businesses to get their applications in by MONDAY’S 8/10 DEADLINE. The Chamber is overseeing the program and is proud to partner with the Town of Front Royal to support our valued small business community.

Town of Front Royal is providing financial assistance to small businesses

WHAT MATTERS INITIATIVE

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 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 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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Virtual GIVEnation.world Compassionate Kids Academy starts Monday, August 10th

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WHAT MATTERS Warren — In this ZOOM interview, meet Arnaud Saint-Paul, Chairman of GIVE Nation, as he invites families to encourage children aged 5-18 to participate in a free 12 week virtual “Compassionate Kids Academy” beginning Monday, 8/10. GIVE NATION IS TEACHING CLASSES ON HOW KIDS CAN BETTER IMPACT THE PLANET AND HELPING TO DESIGN A VIDEO GAME BASED ON ALTRUISM!

COMPASSIONATE KIDS ACADEMY DETAILS:

  • FREE 12 WEEK COURSE
  • BEGINNING AUGUST 10
  • MONDAYS, AUG 10 – OCT 26
  • 12PM – 1PM
  • COMPLETELY VIRTUAL
  • FOR AGES 5 – 18
  • KIDS SAFELY INTERACT WITH KIDS AROUND THE WORLD
  • FRIENDLY INSTRUCTORS

Register Your Kids Today!


From the givenation.world website:

THE WORLD IS CHANGING, CREATIVE LEADERS MUST UNITE!

Not only schools, but the entire world suddenly evolved into something humanity never expected… Contrary to recent events, millions of children were not yet receiving quality education and more lacked in financial literacy and soft skill development.

Despite uncertainty, there will always be a need for children to have access to sustainable literacy and learn the importance of kindness. Ensuring a sense of peace during times where panic and fear exist while rewarding humanitarian acts is a great start to building a better tomorrow. GIVE Nation is here to support kids. So, we are responding to you and your children’s needs with free virtual classes covering a wide range of fun but lighthearted topics.

GIVE Nation is a global social impact project with the goal of making a positive impact for a better human existence. It started as an inspiring dream from the Heartfulness Movement, led by the Public Benefit Corporation, HealThruWords; known for inspiring more than fifty million people with positive energy through mindfulness, gratefulness, exercise and the use of positive affirmations. It was in November 2017, the concept of GIVE Nation was introduced. Sponsorship was given with the statement, “Philanthropy shows commitment and selflessness, which are highly sought after characteristics for all humans. GIVE Nation brings love, education and improves the planet by means of giving.”

GIVE Nation provides support to empower children so they can take part in crafting a better tomorrow. Our mission for change is achievable by partnering with advanced technology, leading educational programs, moral businesses, transparent charities, and kids that want to ‘get ahead’.

Encourage your children to use the GIVE Nation mobile application (on Google Play and Apple Store) and share it with your community to get rewards for giving today! Find them on Facebook.


WHAT MATTERS INITIATIVE

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 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 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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Coming to the Table video conversation and invitation to virtual gathering on Thursday, July 30

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WHAT MATTERS Warren–The community is invited to watch the virtual healing discussion shared below and to attend the Coming to the Table (Northern Shenandoah Valley Chapter) ZOOM virtual gathering on Thursday, 7/30, from 6:30pm-8:30pm. The group’s mission is to promote “truth, justice, healing and working together to create a just and truthful society that acknowledges and seeks to heal from the racial wounds of the past, from slavery and the many forms of racism it spawned.” CTTT encourages all to be willing to be uncomfortable, willing to learn and step out of comfort zones, to make time to become educated and to engage in healing as well as transforming conversations in a safe space.

This video is a thought provoking ZOOM discussion between Beth Medved Waller, Judith James and Ira Chaleff (co-chairs) as well as Sarah Downs, a Reaching Out Now Volunteer and Shenandoah University student. During the conversation, a powerful theory that “pain that is not transformed is transferred” and “hurt people hurt people” is presented as well as the concepts of forgiveness, inclusion, respect, honesty, transparency, compassion, reconciliation and using non-violence to bridge the divide through love and peace.

According to the CTTT Facebook page, “Our goal is to provide leadership, resources, and a supportive environment for all who wish to acknowledge and heal wound from racism that is rooted in the United States’ history of slavery and, unfortunately, is ongoing.

The essential element that is needed for us to do the work of healing is to have blacks, whites, and others well represented. Toward that end, PLEASE REACH OUT TO FAMILY MEMBERS, FRIENDS, NEIGHBORS, FELLOW PARISHIONERS, STUDENTS AND CO-WORKERS – BLACK AND WHITE – AND EXTEND AN INVITATION TO THIS WORK. THE MORE DIVERSE OUR GROUP, THE RICHER WILL BE THE CONVERSATION” Learn more at comingtothetable.org/front-royal, and contact them at ctttfrontroyal@gmail.com or on Facebook to receive the ZOOM link and/or to sign up for their mailing list.

WHAT TO EXPECT DURING MEETINGS–During the gatherings (in person or ZOOM), attendees do not need to speak but are encouraged to share, make connections, discuss history, brainstorm about paths to healing, express and challenge hard truths in a safe space without shame, listen thoughtfully and take action they feel called to take. As volunteer Sarah Downs shares, people don’t have to feel obligated to speak–healing is fostered when people who are hurt are heard.


WHAT MATTERS INITIATIVE

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 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 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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Christa Shifflett of the Warren Coalition discusses COVID’s impact on “The Disease of Addiction”

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WHAT MATTERS Warren — In this sobering video, you’ll be in awe as Christa Shifflett, Executive Director of the Warren Coalition, discusses the COVID pandemic’s implications on the disease of addiction. In all of 2019, Warren Memorial Hospital reported 85 overdoses. By mid May of this year, WMH has treated over 100 cases. March saw a 55% increase in alcohol sales and opioid overdoses which were decreasing are now on the rise again.

Shifflett frankly explains that one in three people biologically have a predisposition to become addicted to substances if exposed. A genetic test is now offered for those who face pain management issues which could save lives of those at risk whom, if armed with the knowledge of their potential to develop an opioid use disorder, would seek other pain reduction alternatives. Many of those struggling with opioid use disorders innocently took pain medication after surgeries or injuries and fell in love with the euphoric feeling the prescriptions prompted.

Christa encourages all to remember that words matter and that people-first language around the changes to the brain that is caused by addiction is essential to helping those with substance use disorders seek the assistance they deserve and require to live a healthy life. She rightly insists we must remove the word “addict” from our vocabulary as she points out that people suffering from cancer aren’t called “cancerous” nor are they labeled and judged due to their illness. Likewise, those fighting the battle of addiction should not be classified by disempowering terms.

She also reminds healthy individuals of their responsibility to check on friends and neighbors and to notice if they have increased their alcohol consumption or appear stressed, traumatized or otherwise struggling with adapting to the current state of the world. Now is a time when a rise in substance misuse, increased cases of substance use disorders and relapses are common. She discusses the eye-opening findings from the recent study by the Recovery Village during the interview:

Shifflett also references an alarming statistic purporting a 578% increase in a certain prominent wine club’s sales during the month of March. To read more thought provoking facts about the increase in alcohol consumption throughout the pandemic click on this article in Forbes magazine.

To get support, find support for a loved one, or just develop a greater understanding reach out to Christa about a presentation for your group on topics like understanding the disease of addiction, how childhood trauma impacts adult health/life spans, how to help build resilient communities or learn more about how you can play a role in helping to prevent or heal substance use disorders visit www.warrencoalition.org

ABOUT THE WARREN COALITION:
Warren County Community Health Coalition – Warren Coalition – is a nonprofit agency established in 1994 to help fill the gaps in health care and substance abuse awareness to the community. The Coalition began under the guidance of Warren Memorial Hospital as an outreach project, but has since grown and was incorporated in 2001. The office is currently located in the Warren County Community Center. We continue to work towards making Warren County a safe, healthy, and drug free community through the many programs we provide.

Warren Coalition
540-636-6385
538 Villa Avenue | Front Royal, VA 22630
christa@warrencoalition.org


WHAT MATTERS INITIATIVE

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 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 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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