TUESDAY, DECEMBER 20, 2011
Birth control choices too confusing? HOW YOU
tainty despite all the options is a effective long-lasting contracep- whether your partner could feel Donations of
Associated Press big reason. tives. your IUD? What are the side a commercial vacuum, podium
“We have a whole generation A third said they believe there’s effects, and which methods work (not pulpit), refrigerator, stove,
WASHINGTON — Worried now of young adults, the vast a good contraceptive for their per- best? microwave, small freezer, paint,
about birth control in light of majority of whom are sexually sonal needs but they don’t know Those aren’t just questions for church pews, curtains, clothes
headlines about side effects from active, who are in a fog about which one. teens and young adults. Consid- for a clothes closet, non-perish-
Yaz and the patch? Women have modern contraception,” says To help, her center just opened er that half of girls are sexually able food for food pantry, a lawn
a lot of options that are safe and Sarah Brown of the National a novel website — www.bedsider. active by age 17, and that meno- mower, a storage/utility build-
ing, a church van or bus, small
effective, including some that are Campaign to Prevent Teen and org — to offer frank answers for pause hits around 50. classroom tables and chairs for
even more reliable. Unplanned Pregnancy. “They all those questions you might be To avoid an unplanned preg- toddlers.
You can choose a contraceptive don’t know enough to make a embarrassed to ask. nancy, the average American Mt. Zion Church, (706)
that’s used daily, weekly, monthly, reasonable choice.” Wonder how easy it is to use woman will have to use con- 988-8569.
once every three months, once Indeed, in a recent survey, the the NuvaRing, or what the once- traception for several decades.
every three years, even once a campaign found 42 percent of every-three-months contraceptive The right choice when you’re 20
decade. unmarried 18- to 29-year-olds shot costs? Can’t imagine how to might not still be when you’re 35 Dona-
Yet almost half of U.S. preg- said they knew little about birth insert the female condom? Want or 40. tions of money toward a fence,
shelving and hooks for a shed,
nancies are unintended — and control pills and two-thirds to know if the rhythm method wheelbarrows, two-gallon pump
experts say confusion and uncer- knew little about even more has any chance of working? Or See PROS, CONS on B6 sprayer (not backpack), long rub-
ber gloves, rakes, fertilizers and
KaDee Holt, (706) 549-
GLASSES FOR THE NEEDY 4850.
tion of bus passes to allow the
agency to support clients in seek-
ing employment and education
(706) 353-6647, ext. 5670.
Donations of Kleenex, laundry
detergent and toilet paper for the
Senior Grocery Bag Program.
Sheila Jackson, (706)
Donations of books of bus passes
for clients who do not have a car
and either walk or rely on the
bus system. Bus tickets can be
expensive, especially when repeat
visits to the clinic are necessary.
Paige Cummings, (706)
bath mats with non-slip backing
and rubber tub mats, beds, twin-
and single-size mattresses and
covers, bedside tables and chest
of drawers for Advantage Behav-
ioral Health Systems Recovery
Tammy Dalton, (706)
389-6789, ext. 1306.
Donations of khaki pants and
white, black and green collared
shirts to refill its clothes closet. A
wide range of sizes are needed,
from size 10 for boys and girls to
size 18 for women and size 38 for
men. Items can be delivered to
the school office.
/Staff Call (706) 357-5318, ext.
Luwan Gebrekristos, an AmeriCorps service member with the Georgia Lions Lighthouse Foundation, helps a patient pick and order frames for a new pair of glasses 24246.
at a monthly clinic hosted by the Mercy Health Center on Oglethorpe Avenue. Once a month, volunteers offer eye exams and glasses to needy Athens-area residents.
Better vision for all Athenians who don’t have health insurance at the Mercy Members from the Oconee Lions Club
To assist the organizations
firstname.lastname@example.org Health Center on Oglethorpe Avenue. and the Classic City Lions Club help you see here, please call the
“I feel like everyone should have equal patients fill out paperwork before they’re contact listed.
Picking the right pair of glasses — comfort- access to medical care,” said Caren Kaplan, seen by a doctor. To have your nonprofit needs
able, appropriate and with the right prescrip- the clinic coordinator for the Georgia Lions Optometrists like Dr. Joel Jenkins of Jen- included, call (706) 208-
tion — is a insurmountable task for some Lighthouse Foundation. kins Vision Care and Dr. Meg Brya of Five 2215. For a complete list of
local agency needs, go to
uninsured Georgians. Kaplan travels across the state, helping pro- Points Eye Care Center also volunteer time at handsonnortheastgeorgia.org.
But with help from local residents and the vide exams and glasses to people who aren’t the monthly clinic.
Georgia Lions Lighthouse Foundation more able to afford that medical care, she said. Patients are referred to the clinic through
than 600 Athens-area people have received the “We do everything that you’d do in a doc- the Lighthouse Foundation and the Mercy
glasses they need. tor’s office,” Kaplan said. Health Center.
Once a month, local Lions Club members The only difference is that their equipment To volunteer with the Georgia Lions BLUEPRINT PARTNERS
gather with volunteers and the Georgia Lions is portable and travels with them from site to Lighthouse Foundation or to learn more
Lighthouse Foundation to offer eye exams site, Kaplan said. about their services, visit www.lionslight-
and glasses to needy Athens-area residents “We bring the equipment,” she said. house.org.
THE PEOPLE’S PHARMACY
Generic drugs’ effectiveness questioned
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