Boy Scout, 13, organizes blood drive at church, wants 65 donors


THIRTEEN-YEAR-OLD Ellery Loomis has taken on a job that could help save a life. Ellery, a Life Boy Scout from Troop 773, is organizing a blood drive that will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 21 at Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 8615 Fort Smallwood Road.

Ellery is not old enough to give blood. Donors must be at least 17, weigh at least 110 pounds and have not had a tattoo applied in the past year.

To minimize wait times, Ellery suggests that donors call and make an appointment."Thirty-seven people have already signed up," Ellery said this week. "My goal is to get 65 donors. That would really be great."

The long-planned blood drive has consumed quite a bit of Ellery's free time - what little there is in his busy schedule. He is proud to say that he is a seventh-grader at George Fox Middle School. He is a veteran violin student with six years of studying under his collar. He likes to play lacrosse and street hockey with his friends and collect pennies and trading cards. And of course, being a Boy Scout.

With the help of his parents, Scott and Helen Loomis, Ellery has written to businesses seeking donations of items needed to run the drive effectively and gotten 20 volunteers from Troop 773 to man the blood drive.

He also gives credit to several other people who have helped to make the blood drive a reality."Gail Krempel, a Cub Scout training leader from the Four Rivers Council, suggested the drive; Caryl Kaufman from the American Red Cross gave me the information to help organize it; and the Rev. Robert Stevens from Emmanuel Lutheran Church for letting us use the church," he said.

Now that the background details are worked out, all Ellery and his fellow Scouts need is more blood donors to make the drive a success."We will take walk-in donors on that day, too," Ellery said.

To make an appointment: 410-255-3821.

Car show at Downs Park

It might not be every mother's favorite way to spend a day, but I'm sure quite a few mothers and dads will be at the 17th Bay Country Car Show from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday at Downs Park.

The show is open to all makes of motor vehicles - through 1975, that is - and is sponsored by the Bay Country Vintage Chevrolet Club of America.

Tom Totushek, club spokesman, said most of the cars in the show will be Chevrolet models restored to their original condition.

Owners can register in advance or on show day. The entry fee is $12.

The park will be open from 9 a.m. to dusk, and the regular daily entry fee of $4 a vehicle will be charged. Vintage cars in the show will be admitted free.

Show information: 410-729-2211

Park information: 410-222-6230, or the events hot line at 410-222-6239.

Mother's Day at churches

Chesapeake Christian Center Church of God, 7975 Tick Neck Road, invites the community to attend Mother's Day events.

Sandra Hamby will perform at the 10 a.m. worship service, and at 6 p.m. the church will have a concert of prayer and praise by the duo Heartsong, featuring Steve and Becky Smith.

Information: 410-255-3168.

St. Andrew's Episcopal Church also has a Mother's Day event planned, cooking and serving Italian food from noon to 5 p.m. The cost is $8 for adults, and $4 for children age12 and younger.

The menu will include pasta with meatballs and a homemade sauce, salad and Italian bread. Included with every meal will be a red or white carnation for mom.

Next weekend , St. Andrew's will present two programs by David Haas, inspirational speaker and performer. Haas, a well-knownliturgical singer, will perform at 7:30 p.m. May 19. Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door. Haas will also lead a workshop on "Conversion and Spirituality" from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 20. The cost is $15.

Information: 410-255-1070.

MOMS to meet

The Pasadena/Severna Park MOMS Club will have its monthly meeting at 10:45 a.m. Tuesday at the Community Center at Woods, 623 Baltimore-Annapolis Blvd. in Severna Park.

The topic at the meeting will be the "sistering" - or split -of the club into two clubs because of the large growth of membership. Pat Waters, MOMS Club state coordinator, will attend to discuss new club boundaries and other concerns of members. The split is to take place in July, after a new meeting site is found. Information: 410-439-4603.

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