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The American Red Cross will hold several community blood drives during the month of April.

All eligible and new blood donors are encouraged to give blood. Donors receive a free pair of socks from New Balance and also have the chance to win two Boston Red Sox tickets and to be honored at Fenway Park as the Blood Donor of the Game.

To make an appointment to donate blood, call 1-800-RED CROSS (733-2767) or log onto redcrossblood.org. April 19, 1 to 7 p.m., Hampshire Mall, Hadley; April 19, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Chestnut Hill Community School, Belchertown; April 20, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Southampton Town Hall; April 22, noon to 6 p.m., South Hadley Public Library; April 25, 1 to 6:30 p.m., Vernon Masons Lodge, Belchertown; April 29, 2 to 7:30 p.m., Deerfield Academy; April 3010:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., University of Massachusetts Campus Center.


Baystate Children’s Hospital will hold its annual “Service of Remembrance” April 21, for all area families who have experienced the death of a child over the past year.

All family member and friends are invited to attend the event, which will be held at 1 p.m. at the Chicopee Knights of Columbus on 460 Granby Rd. in Chicopee. It is also open to families with losses prior to 2012. Baystate Children’s Hospital staff will remember and pay tribute to the children and families who were under their care. Families are asked to respond by April 12 with the number of adults and children planning to attend the event, as well as their child’s name, if they would like it printed in the Memorial Service Program.

Families with earlier losses are simply asked to call and register. To respond, call Marge Bloom, LICSW, co-chair of the event’s Planning Committee, at 413-794-5559.


The Greenfield Senior Center and Hospice of Franklin County are collaborating to offer a bereavement support group for seniors who have lost a spouse or partner. The group will be offered at the Senior Center, in the Weldon Building, 54 High St., Greenfield, Tuesday mornings from 10:30 to noon from April 30, to June 18.

The group is open to anyone 55 and older who has experienced the death of a spouse or partner. It is recommended that the death be at least 3 months prior to the start of the group. Membership is limited to eight people.

To register, please call 774-2400 and speak with either Judy Allen or Winnie Ganshaw, HoFC Bereavement Coordinator by April 19.

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