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QUARTET TO PERFORM — Members of a Joyful Noise, from left, Brenda Cottrell, Lesa Costlow, Earl Tuttle and Chelsa Clegg will be among those performing at a singspiration set for Sunday at 4 p.m. in the Toronto High School parking lot. -- Contributed

Joyful Noise Singspiration

Sunday afternoon in Toronto

TORONTO — The Toronto High School parking lot will be the site of a “A Joyful Noise Quartet Singspiration.”

It will be held Sunday beginning at 4 p.m. and feature A Joyful Noise, comprised of Brenda Cottrell, Lesa Costlow, Chelsea Clegg and Earl Tuttle; the Blest Trio with Laurie Brookes as accompanist; Tom Graham, Jefferson County commissioner; Doc Roe; and Ron Retzer.

Attendees can tune in their radio to 99.3 FM and are asked to remain in their vehicles. Those who exit must wear a mask, according to information provided. There will be no public restroom facilities available.

Community blood drive still

accepting donors for Sunday

WEIRTON — Cove Presbyterian Church in Weirton is hosting a community blood drive as an outreach program to help support area hospitals and patients.

It will be held in the fellowship hall from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday at the church, which is located at 3404 Main St.

Participants must pre-register in order to donate. To do so, visit Vitalant.org and click on the “make appointment” button and search with group code G0010028 Another option is to download the Vitalant-Pittsburgh mobile app to a smartphone or call or call (412) 209-7000 or Rachel Bennett at (412) 736-5506.

No walk-ins will be accepted.

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, many blood drives have been canceled, resulting in decreased blood donations and supply, according to a news release. One unit of blood can save three lives. Blood is separated into red cells, plasma and platelets.

Weirton Medical Center blood services are provided by Vitalant, formerly the Central Blood Bank of Pittsburgh.

“Donations will directly help our community of Weirton as well as other local communities,” the news release adds. Social distancing will be practiced during this event.

To save time, donors can complete their health history questionnaire online on the same day as their donation. Go to Vitalant.org, select donate and then health history questionnaire.

Every two seconds, someone in the United States needs blood, according to a fact sheet provided. One in seven people entering a hospital will need blood.

Church parking lot service

Sunday at First Westminster

STEUBENVILLE — First Westminster Presbyterian Church, 235 N. Fourth St., will be holding a “Memorial Day Tailgate Service” in the church parking lot on Sunday, beginning at 10:45 a.m., the regular church worship time.

Those planning to attend are asked to “bring a lawn chair and join us. We will be following social distancing protocols and the masks are encouraged. Families/households may sit together but there will be 6 feet between the next family,” according to a church spokesperson. Spaces will be marked in the parking lot. ” We will honor our veterans and our graduates.”

The service will be on Facebook Live on Sunday at 10:45 a.m. and archived at firstwestminster.org.

Food distribution, thrift store

reopenings are announced

The Brooke-Hancock County Salvation Army, in conjunction with the Mountaineer Food Bank, will host a food distribution and has reopened its thrift stores in Weirton and Wellsburg.

A “Just in Time” food distribution will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday at the Wellsburg service center at 401 Commerce St.

A state identification card is needed to show proof of residency.

The Weirton thrift store on Penco Road is open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and the thrift store at the Wellsburg service center is open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday and Friday.

In keeping with state restrictions spurred by the pandemic, customers will be limited to nine at a time. Because the stores have been closed since the stay-at-home order, no donations are being accepted at this time.

Faith in the Future scheduled

June 3 at Seventh Street Plaza

STEUBENVILLE — Faith in the Future — Ohio Valley has announced its next opportunity to “meet, network and pray for our economic development” has been scheduled for June 3 from noon to 1 p.m.

It will be held at Urban Mission’s Seventh Street Plaza, located at Seventh and Washington streets, Steubenville.

The Rev. Ashley Steele, Urban Mission’s executive director, will host the luncheon and “lead us as well as share with us the exciting developments happening with the Urban Mission and happenings in the Ohio Valley.”

Lunch will be catered, and there will be tents set up and outdoor seating necessary to comply with social distancing rules.

Its Facebook information noted Faith in the Future — Ohio Valley is “the faith community of Jefferson County, concerned for the spiritual and the temporal needs of our community, strives to create a climate for the economic development of our area through prayer, leadership, encouragement and teamwork.”

For reservations, text to (919) 349-2038 or e-mail tmcmanamon@onesourcebenefits.com.

Mystery bag auctions winding

down for Salvation Army

STEUBENVILLE — During May, the Salvation Army of Steubenville is hosting a mystery bag auction on its Facebook page every Monday and Friday.

The final two are approaching.

The auctions begin at 9 a.m. and end at 7 p.m. The mystery bags are “filled with goodies for adults, children and your entire household,” notes the post on the Salvation Army’s Facebook page. All proceeds go toward food for those who need help during the pandemic.

Here is how to play: The first person to comment will put a $1 sign in their comment. Every person who comments after that will increase their donation by $1. The last person to comment before the auction closes at 7 p.m. will win and be contacted.

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