Has this beautiful weather put you in a good mood? Are you feeling content, maybe as though your cup's running over with happiness? Do you feel like doing something nice for someone just because you're feeling so great?
I want to share some opportunities where your help will be greatly appreciated.
Blood is always needed. At least three eastern Cabarrus blood drives are coming up.
Cold Springs United Methodist will host a Red Cross blood drive 2-4 p.m. today.
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If a weekday is better for you, stop by Mount Pleasant Middle School on Monday between noon and 5 p.m. to donate to the Community Blood Center of the Carolinas. The school's Beta Club is helping counselor Jacobia Williams with the blood drive. They've made posters to advertise it and will be helping at the canteen. To schedule an appointment call the school or visit www.com munityblood.org .
If you need an excuse to visit Georgeville, St. Stephens Wesleyan Church will host the fifth annual Frank Peacock Memorial Blood Drive for the Red Cross noon-4:30 p.m. May 2. Visit www.red crossblood.org to register or to find other drives.
The following volunteer opportunities need your time. All are at local schools. All the eastern Cabarrus schools that I checked with - Mount Pleasant and Bethel elementaries, Mount Pleasant Middle and Mount Pleasant High - need proctors for year-end tests.
The proctor's job is easy: Just watch students take a test. If you're unsure as to your ability to do that, rest easy that you will be trained before entering the classroom.
I've done this a few times: You report to the school, where you get a very nice snack and the procedure is explained. Then you report to the classroom, watch the students, occasionally offer a tissue to the kid with the runny nose, and then go home. It's not glamorous, but it's necessary. Every time I've done it I've made a friend.
Proctors must be at least 18 and not in high school. Exams are May 11-14 for elementary and middle schools and June 3-4 and 7-8 for the high school. To volunteer, call any of these schools. Just calling will make you feel good.
Finally, it will soon be time for high school graduation project presentations. On May 25 panels of volunteer judges will hear about three presentations each from seniors on a wide range of topics. I've always enjoyed listening to these young people talk about the interesting things they've learned. Being a graduation project judge is fun, and (like proctoring) you get a tasty snack.
Whether you're giving blood, time or anything else, it'll make you feel good to help someone who needs it. It makes everyone happy, and, like beautiful spring days, that's what I wish for lots of.