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How to Host a Fun Playoff Watch Party

How to Host a Fun Playoff Watch Party

January is among the colder months of the year, but for football fans things are just starting to heat up when the calendar turns to a new year. In addition to featuring the College Football Playoff semifinals (January 1) and championship game (January 8), January also ushers in the National Football League playoffs, which begins with wild card weekend on January 13. That schedule can warm the hearts of football fans no matter how cold it may be outside.

Blood vs. Plasma

Blood vs. Plasma

Donating blood is a selfless act. Each year, blood donors collectively save the lives of millions of people across the globe. The American Red Cross reports that blood levels continue to be low, and hospital need often outpaces the rate at which many blood donation organizations can replenish their supplies, That reality results in emergency shortages. When people think about blood donations, they frequently envision whole blood donations. But it is possible to only donate plasma as well. And donors typically can donate plasma with greater frequency than they can donate blood. Whole blood donations include all four blood components: red blood cells, white blood cells, platelets, and plasma. By contrast, plasma donation involves collecting only the plasma component of blood and returning the other three components to the donor, says Plasma Hero. The American Red Cross indicates plasma helps maintain blood pressure and volume; supplies critical proteins for blood clotting and immunity; carries electrolytes to muscles; and helps to maintain a proper pH balance in the body to support cell function.

Texas Gained More People Than Any Other State in the Last Year

Pedestrians walk through downtown Dallas on Nov. 7. Credit: Ben Torres for The Texas Tribune

Texas Gained More People Than Any Other State in the Last Year

Texas’ population grew more than any other state in the country in the last year, by nearly half a million people, according to the recent estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau. Of the 1.6 million people the nation gained between July 2022 and July 2023, nearly 30% are Texas residents.

A Fresh New Year

A Fresh New Year

Welcome, 2024! As the newest year in recorded history, the World says, “Hello!” The image of the beginning of the new year as a newborn baby and the end of a year as a bearded, old man really is fitting this year for a lot of people, me included! There have been many events this year that have tested the mettle of the people involved and, so far, they have not been bested! Hospitalizations, job opportunities, marriages, births, even deaths have impacted the Foundation in 2023. And from these events, strengths and resolve have revealed themselves to the different Board members of the Forney Education Foundation.

Warning Signs You or a Loved One is Being Stalked

Most people likely do not pause to consider they could be a victim of stalking. Stalking might seem something more out of the plot of a movie rather than real life. However, according to the Stalking Resource Center, approximately 7.5 million people are stalked each year in the United States. Many times the victims have been stalked by a current or former intimate partner.

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