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Give Blood  March is Red Cross Month. We here at Family Watchdog rely on the Red Cross for many things, including all the great information they supply us with! Not only do they offer storm relief, but they do a great deal of helping people with other needs such as housing assistance and blood donations.

What is blood donation?

Blood donation is giving some of your blood so that it can be used to help someone else. Donated blood helps people who have lost blood in an accident or who have an illness.

You can donate blood at American Red Cross clinics or other clinics or blood banks. You may be able to donate during blood drives at your workplace.

Before you donate, a health professional will ask about your current and past health to make sure that you can donate. Some of these questions are very personal, so you will be asked them in private. You will be asked these questions every time you give blood, because the list of who can give blood may change, or your health may change.

There are no health risks in giving blood. You CANNOT get diseases from donating blood.

All in all, donating blood is a quick great deed you can do to help save someone's life while getting some free testing done for your own health!

For more information on donating blood, check out the following site: http://www.redcrossblood.org/

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Clover  We are fast approaching St. Patrick's Day, when everyone is Irish for a day, right? Many of us will be donning our green t-shirts, Leprechaun hats and shamrock socks for a day of celebration, complete with green beer in hand. Since March 17 is a Saturday this year, it's likely there will be even more people clinking glasses of Guinness.

But whether you are going out to celebrate at a local pub or hosting a party at home, remember these St. Patrick's Day safety tips to ensure your day is full of lucky charms.

•  Don't bring valuables to any celebration. Only bring with you what is necessary, such as your driver's license, money, a phone and shamrock necklaces.

•  If you're attending an event with a large crowd, such as a local St. Patty's Day parade, be aware of your surroundings and locate where you can go for help if necessary.

•  If you plan on drinking, don't drive! Protect yourself and others by having a designated driver and make sure everyone wears a seatbelt.

•  If you are the designated driver, watch out for intoxicated walkers who pay no attention to lights or crosswalks.

•  Use public transportation or take a cab both to and from your location so you can avoid leaving your car in an unfamiliar place overnight. Many places offer free rides.

•  If going out with a group of friends, have everyone "buddy up" to make sure they get home safely.

•  Stay hydrated and fed. Make sure you don't drink on an empty stomach and definitely consume water or non-alcoholic beverages in between the green beer.

•  Do not leave drinks unattended. Many pubs have outdoor tents set up with port-a-potties outside. Finish your drinks before hitting the restroom.

•  If you become separated from your group, don't wander off alone. Ask the party staff to contact a taxi company for you.

•  If the party is at your house, have guests turn their keys in to you when they arrive. That way you can ensure that everyone has a safe ride home. But be prepared to let your guests stay the night as an alternative.

•  Have phone numbers handy for a cab company, emergency contacts and poison control.

•  Have plenty of food and snacks available so your guests aren't drinking on an empty stomach.

•  If cups are unattended for a while, dump them out, especially if there are curious kids around.

There are plenty of fun things to do on St. Patrick's Day with family and friends, but it's important to have a high level of awareness when it comes to safety. Good health and happiness is the real pot of gold!
(The same guidelines apply for March Maddness Parties!)

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March also marks Spring Break for students of all ages. If you plan on going to any spring break parties, please follow our safety tips. We don't want anyone getting hurt!

You can also check for offenders near your vacation destination by visiting our site www.familywatchdog.us via laptop, mobile phone or tablet.

We now offer a brochure for you to print out and post around schools, parks or the office. You can e-mail Jane at Jane@Familywatchdog.us for a free PDF brochure. These brochures do NOT show offender's pictures. They advertise our website and explain how to use for free. Great for laminating and setting at the front desk or corkboard where people you care about will see!

For Everything else Sex Offender related, please check out our FREE site, www.familywatchdog.us and run a search to see who your neighbors are! If you have any questions or would like to be removed from our mailing list, please contact c.s@familywatchdog.us. Have a story you would like to share? Contact Jane, Jane@Familywatchdog.us. (Only for stories, all other e-mails will be disregarded)

We want you to have a SAFE and PRODUCTIVE (Donate!) month of March. Students - enjoys your spring break! From our family to yours, be aware!
 

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