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Beware of virus related scams

CEYLON — There will be a Red Cross blood drive 1-6 p.m. Monday in the banquet room at Legends II in Ceylon. Special precautions will be in place such as making sure donors do not have a fever or other illness in a special way and extra cleaning of equipment used. Blood is needed so if a donor is well and can give blood, please do so. For further information about times and places of blood drives or to make an appointment, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767), go online at www.redcrossblood.org or text BLOODAPP to 90999. Using the Rapid Pass will shorten the time at the drive site.

Condolences to the family of Leroy Franck who passed away last week. He was a former Ceylon resident who participated in many area groups. He will be missed.

Condolences also to the family of Toots Morris who died this week. Jim and Toots were long-time Ceylon residents and bus drivers for the school for many years. She will be missed.

Tuesday morning coffee hours in April are cancelled.

Friendly Neighbors Card group will not meet in April.

Ceylon Community Day Auction will be held July 25th this year.

Martin Luther Rummage Sale in Northrop will be held June 4-6 this year.

Area churches have cancelled services and activities for April at least. Many have video services on social media or websites. St. Paul’s Lutheran and Our Savior’s Lutheran have a site at www.stpaulslutheranchurchwilbert.weebly.com for both churches. St. Peter Lutheran Church is part of the Circle of Faith parishes and can view messages on facebook.com/circleoffaithparish.

There have been scams tried connected to the virus such as selling vaccine (which is not available) or selling personal protective equipment (gloves,masks etc.) which are also not available. Some solicit donations but the charity is bogus. A good site to see about charities is www.charitynavigator.org Any information from the experts or government should have .org at the end of the site address. Mayo Clinic has an online site at www.mayoclinichealthsystem.org/covid19 for up to date information and what to do if you have symptoms (ie. fever, cough, shortness of breath). Stay home if possible.

We are all in this together and will weather the storm. The usual greeting I have heard is “Stay safe, stay healthy.” That is my wish for us all.

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