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Fearrington Cares Blood Drive on May 13, 2021

Story and photos by Ed Lallo

The big white bus, plastered with red crosses and Picasso style human figures painted on its side, sat in the nearly deserted Gathering Place parking.  A loud hum of a generator broke the quiet as a lone masked figure entered the rear door. At  the age of 86 Carol Goettman had walked over a mile from Galloway Ridge with a mission, to give a pint of blood so others might live. 

Fearrington Cares, a not-for-profit founded by Fearrington residents believing neighbors should helping neighbors, sponsored the American Red Cross bloodmobile. From shortly after nine on a Thursday the 13th of May till three that afternoon, workers retrieved pint after pint of blood desperately needed during the current shortage.

“I usually give blood about twice-a-year, when it is convenient,” said Goettman, sitting on a couch at the front of the bus drinking bottled water to replenish her fluids. “This was a very good process with no problems.  I am amazed they still want my blood, it is tired blood for sure.”

Goettman’s O-positive blood is drastically needed by hospitals across the state.  For more than a year the pandemic has resulted in a sever blood shortage, not just in North Carolina but across the U.S.

Fearrington resident Dan Lewandowski had a great blood giving experience.  “It was a little close quarters, but the chair was very comfortable and the staff was great.”

Lewandowski, a former Detroit resident with A-positive blood, gives regularly every eight-weeks.  He admits he has not upgraded to the Red Cross phone app to schedule his appointments.  “I’m old school I guess,” he said

 “As a volunteer Blood Donor Ambassador at the Red Cross’ Durham Blood Center I’ve watched the number of donors drop significantly over the past year,” said Fearrington resident Jackie Walters. “Where three donors were scheduled every 15-minutes, we now have one or none.  Keeping the blood supply current is critical for hospitals as the pandemic amply demonstrated.  I’m a Donor Ambassador and a blood donor.”

Walters reiterated the importance that neighbors, like those in Fearrington, give blood regularly to “Give Life.”

“I think everyone should volunteer to give blood if they can,” said Goettman.  “Anytime you have an opportunity to do something nice and useful, especially at this age, you have to take advantage of it. The only downside of the bus was I miss the good cookies you get afterwords in larger venues.”

Fearrington Cares Blood Drive on May 13, 2021 2021-05-27T22:46:24-04:00

Healthy Pets, Healthy People

About Pets & People

There are many health benefits of owning a pet. They can increase opportunities to exercise, get outside, and socialize. Regular walking or playing with pets can decrease blood pressure, cholesterol levels, and triglyceride levels. Pets can help manage loneliness and depression by giving us companionship. However, pets can sometimes carry harmful germs that can make us sick even when the pet appears healthy. The diseases people get from animals are called zoonotic (zoe-oh-NOT-ic) diseases. Here are some tips to help you and your family stay healthy while enjoying pets.

Healthy Pets, Healthy People 2021-05-06T21:53:14-04:00

Sleeping Too Little in Middle Age May Increase Dementia Risk, Study Finds

Sleeping Too Little in Middle Age May Increase Dementia Risk, Study Finds

The research, tracking thousands of people from age 50 on, suggests those who sleep six hours or less a night are more likely to develop dementia in their late 70s. Could getting too little sleep increase your chances of developing dementia? For years, researchers have pondered this and other questions about how sleep relates to cognitive decline.

Sleeping Too Little in Middle Age May Increase Dementia Risk, Study Finds 2021-04-20T20:14:37-04:00

Donate Over-the-Counter and Prescription Meds

Updated March 18, 2021 by Fearrington Cares

The Chatham Cares Community Pharmacy (CCCP) in Siler City is a great place to donate medical items you no longer want or need. CCCP is a non-profit local organization providing quality pharmacy services to uninsured and underinsured residents of the county. They accept medical equipment that has been cleansed thoroughly or never used by a patient. They also accept supplies of all kinds (anything you can buy at a drugstore or medical supply store) and personal care items (soap, shampoo, lotion, deodorant, waterproof or disposable bed pads, adult underwear, urinals, disposable gloves, compression socks, bed risers, etc.).

The CCCP accepts unopened OTC (over-the-counter) medications of all kinds. They also accept ALL CURRENT prescription medications (except controlled substances) that are unopened and still sealed. If the medication was dispensed in a blister pack, unused pills that are still in the blister pack are also accepted. Their licensed pharmacists will take your leftovers and add them to others to make a supply for our less-fortunate neighbors in Chatham County. Instead of turning these (sometimes very expensive) items into a pharmacy or the police for destruction, please take them to the CCCP. For office hours and location, go to or call 919-663-0177.

Donate Over-the-Counter and Prescription Meds 2021-03-30T22:30:18-04:00

A Letter from Karen Metzguer, FC Nurse & Executive Director

Brother David Steindi-Rast, Benedictine Monk, Author, Lecturer

Hope looks at all things the way a mother looks at her child, with a passion for the possible. That way of looking is creative. It creates the space in which perfection can unfold. More than that, the eyes of hope look through all imperfections to the heart of all things and find it perfect. The eyes of hope are grateful eyes. Before our eyes learned to look gratefully at the world, we expected to find beauty; grateful eyes expect the surprise of finding beauty in all things.– Br. David Steindl-Rast

Karen’s Message

It is only good and right to expect to find beauty in all things. I can say honestly that when I am able to live with intention, to serve, to move in deliberate fashion, and always, always PAY ATTENTION… I find the beauty that Brother David describes.

I hope you are finding some as well, and able to draw a deep breath and to rest. The toll this past year has taken is impossible to miss for some, and difficult to acknowledge for many. Don’t be embarrassed to do some reflection and put words to the feelings of loss. You do not have to be always strong, always a role model, always “fine.”

I was recently introduced to the suggestion that we may be “pandemic fine,” which is not to say, altogether fine. Reach out to more people in the next 4 weeks, keep moving your body and consider making music or writing. I’m convinced that communal singing will be part of our healing journey! We have reason to hope, if you doubt it, please call me!

A Letter from Karen Metzguer, FC Nurse & Executive Director 2021-02-22T22:49:32-05:00
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