American Purple Cross to carry digital COVID-19 Reduction Live performance | Leisure

EASTERN NC – The American Red Cross East North Carolina, Tricounty Giveback, Smiley’s Unique Entertainment and ViewStub are excited to announce a three-day COVID-19 virtual relief concert.

Funds raised through the live streaming event will benefit the Red Cross and its ongoing efforts to maintain a healthy blood supply during the pandemic. The challenges of the past year have made it difficult for organizations to host events and concerts. Tricounty Giveback, Smiley’s Unique Entertainment and ViewStub are ready to bring people together through music and mission.

This three day live streaming concert will air: Thursday, June 10th, 3pm to 9pm; Friday, June 11th, 12pm to 9pm; and Saturday, June 12th, 3 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Tickets are available at, and $ 10 from every ticket sold goes to the Red Cross’s lifesaving mission. Bands and entertainers from all genres and from all over the world will perform.

Confirmed artists include (CTS) Called To Serve, Kylie Trout, Houston Bernard, Sam Cary, Laine Lonero, Dinan, The Messenger Black Truth, Imblog, Black Tie Society, Bent By Sorrow, Old Iron, Stevie Franks, Markus Sanders, Toby Gibson, Toms Handgun, The Muckrakers, Silver Travis Band and Exploding Sun.

For more information on artist and band submissions, see Submissions are accepted until Tuesday, June 1st.

The Red Cross tests donated blood, platelets and plasma for COVID-19 antibodies. The test can show whether the donor’s immune system has produced antibodies to this coronavirus, regardless of whether they have developed symptoms.

Tests can also identify the presence of antibodies developed after receiving a COVID-19 vaccine. Plasma from routine blood and platelet donation that has tested positive for high antibody levels can be used as convalescent plasma to meet the potential future needs of COVID-19 patients. Convalescent plasma is a type of blood product obtained from COVID-19 survivors with antibodies that can help patients who are actively fighting the virus.

The Red Cross doesn’t test donors to diagnose any disease called a diagnostic test. To protect the health and safety of Red Cross employees and donors, it is important that people who are uncomfortable or believe they have COVID-19 postpone the donation.

Growing old in Model with Lori Williams – Cross Timbers Gazette | Southern Denton County | Flower Mound

In November 2019, we traveled to Louisiana to celebrate my mother’s 80th birthday. As I hugged and kissed her goodbye, I never imagined that we were on the verge of a global pandemic and it would be over a year before I saw her again.

I work in senior life and I know firsthand how much pain and loss so many have experienced from the effects of COVID. Not only the heartache for the deceased, but also the precious time we lost with our mothers and fathers through the quarantine. Last year, Mother’s Day was full of uncertainty about the future and separation from those we love. Finding the silver lining is difficult, but I think for myself and for others we now have a greater appreciation for the time we spend with our families.

I finally saw my mother last month. We pledged my brothers to secrecy and made the 10 hour drive to my mother’s house. To say she was shocked to find me on her doorstep is an understatement. Hugging my mother after almost a year and a half was one of the happiest moments of my life.

Fortunately, Mother’s Day looks closer to normal this year. In our plans to celebrate mom, let’s remember those who lost their mothers and mothers who are still here physically but are lost to their families due to dementia. Although we mourn her loss, we can still celebrate and honor her memory.

Happy Mother’s Day!

Lori Williams is the owner of Lori Williams-Senior Services, LLC and hosts the Aging in Style podcast with Lori Williams. Contact Lori at 214-783-1222 or

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Irv Cross, NFL participant, pioneer Black analyst, dies at 81 | Leisure

PHILADELPHIA (AP) – Irv Cross, the former NFL defender who became the first black full-time sports analyst on national television, died on Sunday. He was 81 years old.

The Philadelphia Eagles, with whom Team Cross spent its six of its nine NFL seasons, said Cross’ son Matthew confirmed his father died near his home in Roseville, Minnesota. The cause of death was not given.

“We all at CBS Sports are saddened by the news of Irv Cross’s death,” said Sean McManus, chairman of CBS Sports, in a statement. “Irv was a pioneer who made a significant contribution to the history and tradition of CBS Sports and, together with Phyllis George and Brent Musburger, set the standard for NFL pregame shows with ‘The NFL Today’. A true gentleman and a pioneer in the sports television industry, he will be remembered for his accomplishments and the paths he paved for those who followed. “

Cross, from Hammond, Indiana, played soccer and athletics in Northwestern. He was drafted in the seventh round of Philadelphia in 1961, traded to the Los Angeles Rams in 1966, and returned to the Eagles in 1969 as a player-coach for his final season.

The two-time Pro Bowl cornerback had 22 interceptions, 14 fumble recovery, eight forced fumbles and a few defensive touchdowns. He was also returned an average of 27.9 yards on kickoff returns and punts.