Health Briefs January 11, 2013

By NEMS Daily Journal

Birthing project hosts
community shower
The Northeast Mississippi Birthing Project is organizing a community baby shower to assist expectant families who will welcome babies this winter.
As part of the National Day of Service, the event will be hosted at 2 p.m. Jan. 19 at Christ the King Lutheran Church in Tupelo.
People who would like to support families who are expecting are asked to do at least one of the following:
• Bring a wrapped baby gift.
• Donate their time.
• Donate diapers or food.
Expectant families who would like to participate in the birthing project are asked to register.
Both volunteers and expectant families are asked to RSVP for the event by emailing nemsbirthingproject @yahoo.com or texting (662) 255-8283.

Library program
highlights resources
People who are blind or handicapped can hear about a free Library of Congress program to help them access books, audiobooks and DVDs.
Shellie Ziegler of the Mississippi Library Commission will speak at 1 p.m. Jan. 17 in the Helen Foster Auditorium at the Lee County Library about the program for the visually impaired and those whose disability makes it difficult to hold books.
The free Library of Congress program delivers books, digital audiobooks and descriptive DVDs, and is open to a broad range of individuals and institutions. It also is open to those with temporary disabilities.

Not too late to buy
Spirit of Women tickets
Tickets are still available for the NMMC Spirit of Women’s Jan. 24 event featuring author and Mississippi Magazine editorial director Patty Roper.
She will present “Easy Does It: Recipes, Décor, Hospitality and More to Simplify Your Life” at the Summit Center.
Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. for exhibits and shopping; the program will begin at 6:30 p.m. Several door prizes will be awarded, including the grand prize – a custom set of jewelry created especially for Spirit of Women by designer Laura Marlowe.
Tickets, which will be available until Jan. 20, are $20 and include dinner. Spirit of Women members who have paid the lifetime $10 membership fee will also receive a free copy of Roper’s “At the Table” cookbook. For ticket information, call (800) 843-3375 or visit www.nmhs.net/ spirit_of_women.

Lee County Relay for Life
meets Jan. 17 in Tupelo
Lee County Relay for Life is inviting current and potential team captains and committee members to join in the fight to defeat cancer and create more birthdays.
The Relay for Life meeting will begin at 5:30 p.m. Jan. 17 at the American Cancer Society offices on West Main Street in Tupelo. The annual team-based fundraising event benefits the American Cancer Society and its programs to assist people battling cancer and their families.
For more information, contact Paige Kelly at 844-8544, ext. 222 or paige.kelly@cancer.org
Daily Journal reports