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Support groups

Caregiver

NEW LONDON -- The New London Caregiver support group will meet at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Peace Lutheran Church in New London. Sue Leal and Kathy Dahl of Kandiyohi County Family Services will speak on financial information and senior programs. For more information, call Jan Novotny, Lutheran Social Service, 320-222-9271.

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Bloodmobile

The American Red Cross conducts blood drives in the west central area. To give blood you must be at least 17 years old, weigh 110 pounds or more and be in good health. Donors are encouraged to eat iron-rich foods in the week before donating. You can give blood every 56 days. Double red cells can be donated every 112 days.

All donors need acceptable identification.

While all blood types are needed, type O and type B-negative donors are especially encouraged to give.

Blood drives scheduled for the Tribune area are:

Tuesday, Clara City: 1 to 6 p.m., Community Center.

Wednesday, Clara City: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., MACCRAY High School.

Thursday, Benson: 1 to 7 p.m., Our Redeemer Lutheran Church.

Friday, Benson: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Our Redeemer Lutheran Church.

March 3, Grove City: 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., ACGC High School.

March 4, Hector: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Buffalo Lake-Hector High School.

March 5, Madison: 1:30 to 6:30 p.m., Calvary Baptist Church.

March 9, Willmar: 1 to 7 p.m., Assembly of God.

March 11, Grove City: 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., ACGC High School, Grove City.

Health workshops

Hope for Recovery

LITCHFIELD -- The National Alliance on Mental Illness of Minnesota will hold a free one-day education workshop that provides families and individuals with information on mental illnesses, practical coping strategies, and hope for recovery.

The workshop will be held at Meeker Memorial Hospital in Litchfield from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. For more information or to register, call 1-888-NAMI-HELPS.

Health clinics

Kandiyohi County

WILLMAR -- The Kandiyohi Public Health Service will hold an immunization clinic from 10 a.m. to noon March 2 in Suite 1080 at the Kandiyohi County Health and Human Services Building, 2200 23rd St. N.E., in Willmar.

All childhood vaccinations are available. Children's vaccines are $10 for the first and $5 for each additional per person.

A tetanus booster for adults that is recommended every 10 years is also available along with other adult vaccinations. Fees vary from $20 to $35.

If financing is a problem, call 320-231-7860.

Parents are asked to bring immunization records to the clinic for accurate record keeping.

Planned Parenthood

WILLMAR -- The clinic hours at Planned Parenthood, 2320 U.S. Highway 12 E., Willmar for family planning and reproductive health services for women and men may vary. Call 320-235-9150 for hours and appointments. Most insurance plans accepted. Interpreter services are available.

HIV testing

ST. CLOUD -- The American Red Cross in St. Cloud has free and confidential oral HIV testing from 9 to 11 a.m. every Wednesday. Appointments are required. Call 320-251-7641 and ask for Susie.

Grants

Rice Health Foundation

WILLMAR -- The Rice Health Foundation announces a March 1 deadline for accepting grant applications.

Rice Health Foundation provides funding for the Rice organization and west central Minnesota to address community health needs and enhance patient care and health education in the communities served by Rice Memorial Hospital.

The foundation has approximately $17,000 to be awarded to community programs and services during the first grant cycle of 2009.

Organizations applying for a grant must be a nonprofit charitable organization designated 501c3 by the Internal Revenue Service. Grant proposals will be accepted from nonprofit organizations that meet one or more of these criteria:

- Provide health care services and programs to Rice Memorial Hospital patients and families.

- Clearly show evidence of collaboration with organizations that have similar missions for optimum community impact.

- Initiate or support health-related programs in response to expressed community needs.

- Provide support for preventive and health education initiatives.

- Focus on programming and services, rather than capital equipment. Capital equipment requests must be related to the health care program described.

Grant guidelines and an application form are available online at www.ricehealthfoundation.org or by calling the Rice Health Foundation office at 231-4141.

Support groups, clinics and health classes are published on Monday with the health news for all groups meeting within the next seven days (through the following Monday). The deadline is noon Thursday.

Items can be submitted on the Tribune Web site at www.wctrib.com. Click on "submit event" under the calendar on the home page and fill out the form. On the online edition events will be listed from submission until the event.

Or submissions may be faxed to 320-235-6769, mailed to: Support Groups, Newsroom, P.O. Box 839, Willmar, MN 56201, or e-mailed to annep@wctrib.com with "support group" in the subject line.

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