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Jackson College Black History Month Event.  Black History Trivia, Feb. 23, 6-7 p.m. via Zoom https://us04web.zoom.us/j/72937091791?pwd=RDBXRSthUmU5SERlODB0OHNQRVJNdz09  Prizes are $50 and $5 Amazon gift cards.

St. Vincent de Paul Donation Drive-Up.  Come and donate food and toiletries items at our St. Vincent de Paul Drive-up Donation Event! For this drive, we are especially requesting: chunky & regular soups, canned meals, cereal, shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrushes, and bar soap.  St. John the Evangelist – Parish Center Parking Lot.  711 N. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Jackson.  Tuesday, February 23, 2021.  9  – 11 AM.  Find out more on their Facebook Event page.

Catholic Charities of Jackson Lenawee Hillsdale St. Patrick’s Day Box Lunches Sign Up.  It’s time to order your box lunches for our annual St. Patrick’s Day fundraiser on March 17, 2021. For $10 per box lunch, you will get a corned beef and Swiss sandwich on rye, potato chips, freshly baked cookie, coleslaw, and accoutrements. Orders must be placed by February 28, 2021.  To safely accommodate everyone, boxed lunches will need to be pre-ordered and prepaid online to keep everyone protected while respecting the protocols recommended by the CDC. Purchases can be made online by clicking HERE.  Please note that we are unable to deliver box lunches this year. We will offer drive thru pick up to help keep everyone as safe as possible.  For the details on ordering and pickup, you can download a flyer by clicking HERE.

Red Cross Blood Drive. In honor of Black History Month this February, the American Red Cross encourages eligible donors, and especially those who have recovered from COVID-19, to give blood to honor the legacies of African Americans like Dr. Charles Drew and Dr. Jerome Holland. Their passion for helping improve the lives of patients in need of lifesaving blood products is carried on through dedicated blood donors, blood drive sponsors, volunteers and Red Cross employees.  Blood donation appointments can be made by downloading the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or enabling the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device. As a thank-you for helping ensure a stable blood supply, those who come to give this February will receive a $5 Amazon.com Gift Card via email, courtesy of Amazon. (Restrictions apply. Additional information and details are available at RedCrossBlood.org/Together.)

Upcoming Blood Drives:

2/24/2021: 10 a.m. – 3:45 p.m., FOE 612, 301 Detroit St

2/25/2021: 12 p.m. – 5:45 p.m., Calvary United Methodist Church, 925 Backus

2/26/2021: 12 p.m. – 5:45 p.m., St Rita Parish, 10516 Hayes Road

VITA Tax Preparation.  Community Action Agency provides free Federal, state and city income tax preparation services through the IRS sponsored Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. CAA provides trained IRS certified volunteer tax preparers to complete and e-file returns.  Tax preparers work with each client to ensure the client receives all of the money they are entitled to receive. This money could be from the Child Tax Credit, Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), Homestead Property Tax Credit, Home Heating Credit, among others. To learn more about the EITC visit the IRS EITC homepage.  Returns are electronically filed (e-filed) to speed up the receipt of the refund. Returns for prior years may be able to be completed for you.  Residents who have household incomes of less than $57,000 can get their tax returns prepared for free.  To schedule an appointment, call 517-247-2099.  caajlh.org

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