December 2019

It might look like a winter wonderland at times, but the winter weather is no wonderland for hospital patients who depend on blood to keep them healthy and alive. Woonsocket residents are gearing up for a community blood drive to help prevent possible blood shortages in the coming weeks.

“In areas with harsh winter weather, cold weather and storms often keep people from donating blood,” says Nancy Pretre, Donor Recruitment Representative of Vitalant, formerly United Blood Services. “With fewer people donating blood, some parts of the country run the risk of having critical blood shortages.”

To make sure there’s a dependable blood supply locally, the Woonsocket Community Club has scheduled a community blood drive on Tuesday, Dec. 17, from 12:15 to 6 p.m. To schedule an appointment, call Gay Swenson at (605) 770-2205. The drive will be held at the Woonsocket Community Center. “For those who are venturing out and the winter weather hasn’t dampened their routine, we invite them to stop by the blood drive and donate blood.”

Volunteer blood donors must be at least 16 years old, weigh at least 110 pounds and be in good health. Additional height/weight requirements apply to donors 22 and younger, and donors who are 16 and 17 must have signed permission from a parent or guardian. 

To help speed up the process, donors can now complete their Health History the day of their donation by visiting

Hannah and Levi Hinker enjoy a moment with Santa to fill him in on what they each want for Christmas. Santa made a visit after the Christmas concert in Forestburg last Tuesday night.

The Sanborn Central students in grades Pre-K through 12 showed off their musical talents last Tuesday, Dec. 3. 

The night started with the fifth grade band performing three simple tunes, “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star,” “Jolly Old Saint Nicholas” and “This Old Man.” Then, the sixth and seventh grade band performed a couple of numbers, “Omega March” and “Christmas Stomp.”

After the younger bands played, the choir section of the concert started. First up was seventh through 12th grade choir, who began their performance with a commonly popular Christmas favorite, “The Little Drummer Boy.” They went into performing “Song of Mary” and finished with a festive rendition of “A Holiday Road of Carols.”

Next were the second through sixth grade students, who performed their own festive tunes, “Deck the Halls,” “In December” and “Frosty and the Hand Jive.” The final choral group to perform that never disappoints in being entertaining was the Pre-K through first grade students. They sang “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” “The Reindeer Pokey” and “Baby Christmas Tree.”

The final group to perform for the night was the eighth through 12th grade band. They entertained the huge crowd of spectators with “Mary Did You Know,” “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” and “Believe.”

The night ended with a visit from the very special guest, Santa Claus, to hand out bags of goodies to all the young boys and girls and to listen to their requests of what they want for Christmas this year.

…See more photos in this week’s issue of the Sanborn Weekly Journal!

Thirty-five children and many student and adult volunteers attended the Sunday Fun Day event at the Woonsocket School on Dec. 8. A Thrivent Action Team Grant helped provide crafts and treats for the fundraiser to support the Woonsocket Community Care and Learning Center, Woonsocket’s State Licensed, community sponsored daycare located in the school’s Afterschool Program facility next to the playground. Children were treated to a visit from Santa; Elsa and Anna also stopped in for a visit.