Parkland seeks plasma donors

Parkland Medical Center is participating in a national study to determine if plasma from convalescent, or recovered COVID-19 patients may benefit individuals currently hospitalized with severe or life-threatening cases of the virus.

As part of the effort, Parkland seeks eligible volunteers from the greater Derry region to donate plasma to help current patients in need.

“We are proud to take part in this important study,” said Peter Sebeny, infectious disease physician at Parkland. “We are asking for the help of our community to spread awareness about plasma donation for patients facing COVID-19 not only here in the greater Derry region, but also around the world.”

To date, there is no proven therapy for individuals who are diagnosed with COVID-19, but there is a long history of successful viral infection treatment using convalescent plasma. After someone is infected with a virus like COVID-19 and recovers, their blood contains antibodies that their immune system produced to help them fight off the virus. By infusing this plasma into patients who are facing severe cases of COVID-19, their immune system might more effectively be able to fight the virus. 

The success of the study hinges on the continued collection of plasma from recovered COVID-19 patients. People who tested positive for COVID-19 and have since tested negative can help by donating plasma through the American Red Cross or another local donation center. To find out more about the donation process, eligibility and locations to donate in Derry, call the COVID-19 Plasma Phone Line at 833-582-1971.

Pinkerton yearbook honored

Pinkerton Academy's yearbook, The Critic, has been recognized for excellence and featured in the Jostens Look Book 2020, celebrating the best-of-the-best in yearbook design and inclusivity. Along with design excellence, the annually published Look Book honors the work of the students who create the yearbook over the course of six to 12 months.

“Earning the Jostens Look Book recognition is truly an honor. Having the Critic be recognized two consecutive years reveals the outstanding work that Pinkerton’s students are doing,” said Timothy Cain, Critic adviser.

Pinkerton Academy’s Critic was one of only 478 yearbooks selected from over 1,200 yearbooks submitted. The 2020 panel of judges, comprised of nationally recognized scholastic journalism professionals and award-winning yearbook advisers, selected the best examples of yearbook spreads and covers to make up the 312-page Look Book 2020.

New date for hazardous waste collection set

A household hazardous waste collection has a new date, Saturday, June 6, 9 a.m. to noon at West Running Brook Middle School off Route 28 in Derry, across from the Fairways apartment complex. Participants are asked to remain in their cars at all times while on site.

Londonderry residents are also able to participate in this collective community effort.

Materials accepted at the collection include household cleaners, fertilizers, pesticides, oil-based paints and stains, and insect sprays. Materials not accepted included automotive or alkaline batteries, explosives, latex paints and radioactive or infectious waste. For a complete list of what’s accepted and what is not, visit derry.nh.us/environmental/pages/links-and-documents.

Food pantry offers ongoing support

For anyone in need of food during challenging times, officials at the First Baptist Church Food Pantry want people to know they are ready to help. The pantry, located at First Baptist Church, 4 Crystal Ave., #4, has stocked shelves and other items for those in need. For information, visit the pantry’s website at fbfoodpantry.org or call the office at 603-421-1897.

Community food service for residents

As residents stay home and safe, community meals and food offerings continue with area churches and others taking on supportive tasks to make sure all receive a healthy meal.

Organizations offering meals include: The Salvation Army, 18 Folsom Road, 603-434-7799, free food for any resident from Derry, Windham, or Londonderry. There are no age or income requirements but bring a form of identification if possible. Drive-up food services are available at the Salvation Army site every Tuesday from 9 to 11 a.m. For individuals unable to drive, call the Salvation Army and plan for delivery options. Donations are always welcome to support the Salvation Army’s continuing mission to serve the communities in the area. Food is also provided through donations from the New Hampshire Food Bank and local grocery stores.

Sonshine Soup Kitchen reopens serving curbside pickup meals on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 4:30 to 5 p.m. pickup, at its 6 Crystal Ave. location.

Meals on Wheels/Rockingham County Nutrition, 603-679-2201, free meals delivered to homes, primarily for senior citizens over 60 or those home bound due to health conditions. Meals are delivered Monday through Friday. Service is for anyone in Rockingham County. Call to begin registration process.

Derry Cooperative School District offers meals for students in grades kindergarten through grade eight at no cost to families. Meals are available for curbside pickup Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at West Running Brook Middle School, 1 West Running Brook Lane. Call for information at 603-437-1210.

The Upper Room, 36 Tsienneto Road, offers its food pantry for those in need. There is no cost and service is for people in the Greater Derry area. Food is available on Mondays, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Preregistration is not required. Call 603-437-8477, ext. 10.

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