Clothing, Blood Drive

Laurel Mall will begin its second annual Back-to-School Clothing Drive on Saturday, with a special appearance by personalities from Magic 102.3 FM radio from noon to 2 p.m. at Center Stage on the lower level. The American Red Cross of the Potomac Region also will accept blood donations. The first 102 donors of either clothing or blood will receive a Magic 102 Prize Package.

The clothing drive will continue through Sept. 11. Donations can be dropped off at the mall's customer service desk. The Goodwill Industries' Good Samaritan program will translate the clothing into vouchers worth $40 each, which schools will distribute to needy families in the Laurel area. The blood donations will benefit patients at 84 hospitals and 68 renal dialysis, home transfusion and outpatient centers in the region.

At 2 p.m., Laurel Mall will present a Back-to-School Fashion Show. Shoppers also will be offered a special gift purchase of a robot calculator for every $75 in mall receipts.

Laurel Mall, on Route 1 at Cherry Lane in Laurel, is open 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. For more information on the clothing drive, call Sharon Bellinger at 301-953-3300 or 410-792-0536.

Sam's Club Donations

Sam's Club of Laurel Maryland will present $2,000 each to the Greater Laurel Literacy Center Inc. and the Laurel Fourth of July Committee at a ceremony at 3 p.m. tomorrow at the business. Sam's Club is at the intersection of Route 198 and the Baltimore-Washington Parkway in Laurel.

Accepting the donation for the Greater Laurel Literacy Center will be the center's founder, Laurelite Bill Stoner, who started the program in 1986. The center has about 50 volunteer members, most of whom work with adults who need help with basic reading skills or with English as a second language. Carol Bounds, chairwoman of the Laurel Fourth of July Committee, will accept the donation for her organization, responsible for producing Laurel's annual Independence Day festivities.

For more information on the donations, call the marketing department for Sam's Club at 301-604-2060.

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