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For more than a decade, members of Franklin's American Legion Post 108 and the local Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) chapter have been working together to bring the holiday spirit to shut-in veterans in the community through their “Christmas Cheer” project.

According to Don Bowen, member of the American Legion, last weekend 13 volunteers worked together to visit with local veterans who are confined to their homes or who have been placed in nursing homes. “We were able to visit with 45 veterans, 20 of which were in nursing homes and give them fruit baskets, hats, poinsettias and just spend time with them,” said Bowen, who said that he has been a part of the event for the 10 years he has been with the legion. “Some of the guys were just happy to have visitors.”


The Robert and Polly Dunn Foundation has recognized the importance of KIDS Place Franklin and the impact it has had on children in Macon County and wants to help. Now through Jan. 31, 2013, the Atlanta-based foundation has offered to match dollar for dollar donations to KIDS Place up to $20,000.

Alisa Ashe, executive director of the children’s advocacy center KIDS Place, explained that the funds would be a tremendous benefit for the nationally-accredited KIDS Place, which provides hope and healing for children who have been abused. KIDS Place is a private, non-profit center that offers counseling, medical evaluations, court support, forensic interviews, case coordination, and community education about child abuse.


During their annual Christmas Dinner held on Dec. 7 at Tartan Hall, Franklin's Police Department instituted an awards program to recognize outstanding officers in the department.

Each officer was allowed to vote anonymously for individuals they felt were most deserving.

The 2012 recipients (pictured left to right) are Officer Brett Holcombe who received Officer of the Year; Tony Ashe, who received the Community Impact Award; and Sgt. Devin Holland who received the Supervisor- Leadership Award named in honor of Chief Ernie Wright.

Planning your next do-it-yourself or home improvement project? Donate blood or platelets during the American Red Cross “Building a Better Blood Supply” promotion January 1 through March 31, 2013, for your chance to win a $1,000 gift card to a home improvement store. Whether you’re looking for power tools, paint or your must-have DIY supplies, the Red Cross wants to reward donors who not only do-it-yourself, they do it for others.

Winter weather and busy schedules tend to keep donors away, but the need for blood is constant. The Red Cross relies on volunteer blood donations to fulfill hospital needs. With blood drives held every week throughout Macon County there are countless opportunities for donors to help improve the lives of others and possibly improve their homes, as well.

“Donating blood only takes about an hour, but the benefits can be lifesaving for a patient in your community,” said Delisa English, chief executive officer, Carolinas Blood Services Region. “This time of year is always challenging, but we hope our dedicated donors continue to make it a priority to build a better blood supply.”


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