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Grant helps addicted parents

The Anne Arundel County Department of Health's Prevention Services Program has been awarded an $110,850 grant from the Maryland Alcohol and Drug Abuse Administration.

The Children of Addicted Parents Prevention Initiative grant is awarded to programs that focus on parents in substance abuse treatment and their children ages 10 to 17. The grant is for one year with the possibility of renewal.

The grant will help expand the county's Strengthening Families program, a weekly three-hour, 14-week model program that focuses on protecting children from factors that lead to substance abuse by improving family relationships.

Since it began in 2003, more than 180 county families have participated in Strengthening Families programs at substance abuse treatment centers, detention facilities and community organizations.


'Bloodmobile' rolls to a site near you

Anne Arundel Medical Center is rolling out a "bloodmobile" to improve blood supplies for the region and provide quick and convenient donation opportunities.

The blood bus will host blood drives throughout the region. Donors can expect to spend about 30 minutes from the time they begin their interview until they are done giving.

You'll find the AAMC donor bus at the following locations:

Today,- 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., Annapolis Bank and Trust/PNC, 1824 Georgia Ave., Annapolis.

Tomorrow,- 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., InforMed, 1596 Whitehall Road, Annapolis.

Saturday,- 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., St. James' Parish, 5757 Solomons Island Road, Lothian.

Monday- 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Eastern District County Police, 3700 Mountain Road, Pasadena.

Tuesday- 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., State Highway Administration, 138 Defense Highway, Annapolis.

Aug. 8 - 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Anne Arundel Gastroenterology Associates, 820 Bestgate Road, Annapolis.

Aug. 9 - 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., 888 Bestgate Road office building, Annapolis.

Aug. 10 - 1 p.m. to 6 p.m., Woodland Beach Volunteer Fire Department, 529 Londontown Road, Edgewater.

To host a mobile blood drive, call 443-481-4272 or 1-866-471-HERO. To donate blood at Anne Arundel Medical Center, call 443-481-4215.

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