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Holiday shopping can be stressful, but picking out the perfect gift doesn’t have to be that hard. The American Red Cross asks donors to “Give Something That Means Something” this season and be entered for a chance to win a $1,000 gift card useable toward gas, rent, food or a post-holiday getaway.

The Red Cross Carolinas Blood Services Region provides lifesaving blood to patients in 103 hospitals. Approximately 1,600 people need to give blood or platelets each week day to meet hospital demands.

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Peyton Michelle Williams was born on Oct. 12, 2012, to Brandon and Rachael Carpenter Williams. Rachael had been hospitalized for a condition called pre-eclampsia during her pregnancy which made her blood pressure go up very high. Since the doctors could not get her pressure down, they had no choice but to deliver Peyton. She was born at 26 weeks and six days gestation, weighing in at 1 lb., 14 oz., and was 12.5 inches long. The air flow was 5ml and 30 percent oxygen via nasal cannula. Intravenous fluids were given to keep up Peyton’s calories. Her weight dropped to 1 lb. 8 oz. She was in a heated incubator because premature babies are unable to regulate their body temperature. She has been constantly monitored to watch for sleep apnea and heart rate, oxygen saturation and respirations.

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Beta Sigma Phi (Zeta Gamma) recently presented CareNet of Macon County with a $2,000 donation and the Macon County Humane Society also received a $1,000 donation from proceeds they raised during the “Macon Treasures” yard sale which was held earlier this fall.

Just in the month of October 2012, CareNet served almost twice the number of families as in 2011 and expects to distribute more than 40,000 pounds of food in November and December to neighbors in need.

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Principal Jay Grissom and members of the Smoky Mountain High School student body accepted a check for nearly $8,000 for the Sept. 21 Drive 4UR School event.

Presenting the check are Larry Hinton, General Manager of Andy Shaw Ford and Erica Bullock, Office Manager. The Drive 4UR School event saw nearly 300 test drives of Ford vehicles by members of the community.

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