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Erwin blood drive nets 53 units

The Erwin Community Blood Drive for the American Red Cross Jan. 14 at First Christian Church collected 53 units of blood.
Forty-nine people applied to donate at the drive, held in the church Fellowship Hall. The drive’s quota was 40 productive units.
John Ault won the drawing for two at Toby’s Rock Creek Café. Love Chapel Christian Church furnished the food for the drive’s canteen.
Donors at this drive were: Brenda Ponder, Bill Ponder, Hans Senn, Bubba Evely, Carolyn McCurry, Joyce Clapp, Nick Senn, Judy O’Gorman, Paul Motti, Bea Buck, Tyrrell Anders, James Holder, Paul Comstock, April Fain, Norman Brown, Gary Chandler, Dave Roberts, Martha Rice, Beverly Wilson, David Eunson, Wade Whitaker, Paulette Farnor, Heather Reams, Kip Lemmon, Mary Moughon, Melanie Smith, Hazel Lance, Gary McCormick, Johnnie Saayman, Alan Wilson, Lena Jo Gardner, Cassie Smith, Shannon Blevins, Lee Hughes, John Ault, Ashlyn Williams, Cynthia Harris, Chris Heglar, Amber Kerns, Seth Jones, Martha Stromberg, Faye Moore, William Morrow, Bethany Harrell, Travis Tipton, Andrew Cooper and Andy Frazier.
The next Erwin community blood drive will be March 11 at the First Christian Church Fellowship Hall from 12:30-5:30 p.m.

AARP to offer tax filing assistance
Free income tax service is available for Erwin and Unicoi County residents. This service, which will begin Feb. 2 and continue through April 13, is provided by the American Association of Retired Persons.
The service is designed to help older and low- or middle-income people.
Past experience has indicated that many older people are unaware of special benefits that they are entitled to claim. Some people may not be required to file a return because of limited income. Younger people may be eligible for earned income credit, education credits or child tax credits. This year’s return also includes credits for first-time home buyers and make work pay.
People using this service should bring with them copies of their previous year’s federal and state returns, proof of Social Security numbers, car tax receipts and any forms such as W-2 showing income for 2010.
Volunteers will operate a counseling service at Clinchfield Senior Adult Center, 220 Union St., Erwin, from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. each Wednesday.
For an appointment, call 743-5111. People who itemize deductions should wait until the last week of February. E-filing is available.