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                                                                                                                                                                          TUESDAY, DECEMBER 20, 2011




Birth control choices too confusing?                                                                                                                                                          HOW YOU
                                                                                                                                                                                              CAN HELP
                                           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
                                                                                                                                                                    pesticides.
                                                                                                                                                                            KaDee Holt, (706) 549-
GLASSES FOR THE NEEDY                                                                                                                                               4850.

                                                                                                                                                                                               Dona-
                                                                                                                                                                    tion of bus passes to allow the
                                                                                                                                                                    agency to support clients in seek-
                                                                                                                                                                    ing employment and education
                                                                                                                                                                    opportunities.
                                                                                                                                                                            Miranda Brookshire,
                                                                                                                                                                    (706) 353-6647, ext. 5670.


                                                                                                                                                                    Donations of Kleenex, laundry
                                                                                                                                                                    detergent and toilet paper for the
                                                                                                                                                                    Senior Grocery Bag Program.
                                                                                                                                                                           Sheila Jackson, (706)
                                                                                                                                                                    769-3981.


                                                                                                                                                                    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)
                                                                                                                                                                    613-6976.


                                                                                                                                                                                      Donations of
                                                                                                                                                                    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
                                                                                                                                                                    Residence-Creekwood.
                                                                                                                                                                            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 HELP
                                                                                                                                                                     To assist the organizations
            erin.france@onlineathens.com               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.



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