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January 20th - February 29th

American Red Cross Blood Drive

Critical need for blood donors after the holidays Red Cross and NFL team up to offer donors a chance to win a trip to the Super Bowl


The American Red Cross currently has a critical need for blood donors of all blood types – especially type O – and platelet donors to make an appointment now to give and help replenish the blood supply after the holiday weeks. Right now, the Red Cross has less than a three-day supply of type O blood. To help tackle the critical need, the Red Cross and NFL are working together to offer one lucky winner a trip to Super Bowl LIV in Miami.


During the weeks of Christmas and New Year’s, about 500 fewer blood drives were hosted by volunteer sponsor groups than required to meet patient needs. Many groups postpone blood drives during the winter holidays when travel and holiday activities may make it challenging for many donors to give. In fact, AAA estimated that a record 115.6 million Americans traveled during the holiday period of Dec. 21 through Jan. 1.


“Lifesaving medical treatments and emergencies never take a holiday,” said Paul Sullivan, senior vice president, Red Cross Biomedical Services. “Declines in donations can affect patient care. That’s why the Red Cross is encouraging eligible donors to make an appointment to give now and help those sidelined by illness and trauma.”


Donors are urged to make an appointment to give now using 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 special thank-you, those who come to give blood Jan. 1-19, 2020, will automatically be entered for a chance to experience the Super Bowl live. The Red Cross and NFL have teamed up to offer one winner two tickets to Super Bowl LIV, entry to the official NFL Tailgate, tickets to Super Bowl Experience at the Miami Beach Convention Center, roundtrip airfare to Miami, three-night hotel accommodations at The Alexander® - All Suite Oceanfront Resort (Jan. 31 to Feb. 3), and a $500 gift card for expenses.* Additional details are available at RedCrossBlood.org/SuperBowl. “The Red Cross appreciates the NFL’s support during this crucial time of year when every donation – and every donor – matters. We hope this may inspire some to make regular blood donation one of their New Year’s resolutions,” said Sullivan.


Date Site Building Name Site Address City Start Time
01/23/20 Carteret Health Care 3500 Arendell St. Morehead City 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
01/24/20 New Bern Mall 3134 Dr. MLK Boulevard New Bern 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
01/24/20 Newport Moose Lodge 456 Roberts Road Newport 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
01/25/20 VFW Post 11119 102 First Street Vanceboro 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
01/28/20 First Presbyterian Church 1604 Arendell St. Morehead City 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
01/30/20 Cape Carteret Aquatic & Wellness Center 300 Taylor Notion Rd Newport 1:00 pm - 6:00 pm
01/31/20 The Church Of Jesus Christ Of Latter Day Saints 1007 Island Road Harkers Island 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm
01/31/20 New Bern High School 4200 Academic Drive New Bern 7:45 am - 1:45 pm
02/01/20 No. 7 Township Fire Department 1705 Old Cherry Point Road New Bern 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
02/03/20 Ann Street United Methodist Church 500 Ann Street Beaufort 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
02/06/20 The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints 3606 Country Club Road Morehead City 2:00 pm - 7:00 pm
02/06/20 Anytime Fitness 4913 Bridges St. Morehead City 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm
02/06/20 Craven Community College 800 College Court New Bern 8:30 am - 2:30 pm
02/07/20 Havelock Moose Family Center 1007 East Main Street Havelock 8:00 am - 1:00 pm
02/10/20 Lighthouse Mennonite Church 1281 Honolulu Road Grifton 2:30 pm - 7:00 pm
02/10/20 First United Methodist Church 900 Arendell St. Morehead City 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
02/12/20 First Presbyterian Church New Bern 418 New Street New Bern 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
02/13/20 Glad Tidings Church 4621 Country Club Drive Morehead City 2:00 pm - 7:00 pm
02/14/20 Fairfield Harbour Community Center 585 Broad Creek Road New Bern 10:00 am - 2:30 pm
02/14/20 New Bern Mall 3134 Dr. MLK Boulevard New Bern 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
02/16/20 Liberty Church 81 Shepard street Havelock 12:30 pm - 5:00 pm
02/18/20 St. James United Methodist Church /Community Life Center 1011 Orange St. Newport 1:00 pm - 7:00 pm
02/18/20 The Church of Jesus Christ Latter-Day Saints 1207 Forrest Drive New Bern 2:00 pm - 7:00 pm
02/18/20 Planet Fitness 2662 Dr. MLK Jr. Blvd New Bern 2:00 pm - 7:00 pm
02/20/20 Morehead City Recreation Department 1600 Fisher Street Morehead City 8:00 am - 2:00 pm
02/21/20 Emerald Isle Community Center 7506 Emerald Drive Emerald Isle 2:00 pm - 7:00 pm
02/21/20 Saint Paul Lutheran Church 305 U.S. Havelock 9:00 am - 1:30 pm
02/26/20 Duke University Marine Lab 135 Marine Lab Road Beaufort 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
02/27/20 Carolina Colours 3300 Waterscape Way New Bern 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
02/28/20 New Bern Mall 3134 Dr. MLK New Bern 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
02/29/20 #9 Township Fire Department 3783 Nc Highway 55 W New Bern 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
December 2nd - March 31st

LIEAP (Low Income Energy Assistance) Applications

Lenoir County DSS will be taking LIEAP applications on December 2-31, 2019.

Any household containing an elderly person age 60 and above, or a disabled person receiving services through the Division of the Aging and Adult Services are eligible to potentially receive benefits. Disabled persons are defined as receiving SSI, SSA, or VA disability. 

All other applicants can apply January 2-March 31, 2020, or until funds are exhausted. Any household can potentially receive benefits if all eligibility requirements are met, if funds remain available after December 31, 2019.

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April 1st - April 8th
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Crazy Fun Scavenger Hunt

The Carteret Literacy Council is excited to host our 1st Annual SCAVENGER HUNT April 1 – April 8.

We are not FOOLING around about this event promising to be full of entertainment and fun.

Enter a three person team to compete with your friends or family. Complete as many tasks that you can over eight days to earn points. The winning team earns prizes and bragging rights. The deadline to enter is March 30th. The winning team will be announced during a party on April 9th at 1:00 PM.

Check our Facebook event page https://www.facebook.com/carteretliteracy

For more information call 252-808-2020, visit carteretliteracy.org, or email carteretliteracy@carteretliteracy.org