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American Red Cross Blood Drives For November

Presented by McDonald’s, I’m Lovin’ It!

Donors of all blood types are urged to give now to keep the blood supply stable. Blood donations often decline from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day, and the COVID-19 pandemic may further impact donations. Every donation can give a hospital patient something to be extra thankful for this year.

The Red Cross continues testing blood donations for COVID-19 antibodies. As part of this effort, plasma from standard blood donations that test positive for COVID-19 antibodies may now help current coronavirus patients in need of convalescent plasma transfusions.

The American Red Cross continues to experience a decline in scheduled educational blood drives this fall due to COVID-19 drive cancellations. To help encourage and provide incentive for youth donors to donate blood, any donor, ages 16-24, who comes to give blood Oct. 17 – Dec. 17, 2020 will automatically receive a $10 e-gift card, by email. 

Below are the blood drives that are open to the public in November.



Monday November 2nd                


To schedule an appointment call 1-800-RED CROSS or visit, sponsor code: HNC



Friday November 6th                


To schedule an appointment call 1-800-RED CROSS or visit, sponsor code: Roberta


Friday November 13th               


To schedule an appointment call 1-800-RED CROSS or visit, sponsor code: SCOC

FRANKFORT COMMUNITY – Masonic Lodge, 23 W. Springfield St.

Saturday November 14th           


To schedule an appointment call 1-800-RED CROSS or visit, sponsor code: FrankfortCommunity

LIONS CLUB CHILLICOTHE – Drive held at the Red Cross South Central Ohio Chapter House

Monday November 23rd             


To schedule an appointment call 1-800-RED CROSS or visit, sponsor code: LionsChillicothe


Friday November 27th              


To schedule an appointment call 1-800-RED CROSS or visit, sponsor code: SCOC

“Holler” Screening at The Majestic in December

Presented by Hometown-Motors, Inc.

CHILLICOTHE, OH – The Majestic Theatre will be hosting a fundraiser on December 19 and December 20, 2020 to assist in recovery efforts from the COVID-19 pandemic. The fundraiser will be a special two-day, limited seating preview of the film HOLLER that was filmed in Jackson, Ohio and Chillicothe, Ohio during the winter of 2019.

Recently the Majestic Theatre announced the suspension of its live programming due to the pandemic and restrictions set in place. This fundraiser will allow the Majestic to screen the film to a limited audience of 72 patrons for each of its four showings, which follows capacity restrictions put in place by the State of Ohio.

HOLLER is set in a forgotten pocket of Southern Ohio, where American manufacturing and opportunity are drying up. A determined young woman finds a ticket out when she is accepted to college. Alongside her older brother, Ruth Avery joins a dangerous scrap metal crew in order to pay her way. Together, they spend one brutal winter working the scrap yards during the day and stealing valuable metal from the once thriving factories by night. With her goal in sight, Ruth finds that the ultimate cost of an education for a girl like her may be more than she bargained for, and she soon finds herself torn between a promising future and the family she would leave behind.

Nicole Riegel, writer and director of HOLLER states, “My film is a semi-autobiographical story about how challenging it was to transcend where I came from as a young woman, both practically and emotionally. Like Ruth, the teenage girl at the center of my story, and many young girls across America, I was vulnerable to a fractured system that felt rigged against me, particularly when it came to access to education for young people living the margins. HOLLER is not only a glimpse into that part of my life, but also a window into the lives of thousands of girls who, like Ruth, live in towns that are currently in a state of atrophy from fewer opportunities and a drinking population. They are faced with the choice of forced reinvention or abandoning their hometowns completely.”

Tickets will be priced at $20.00 and will go on sale beginning on October 19, 2020. Tickets will be available through the theatre’s website and at the Ross-Chillicothe Convention & Visitors Bureau.

In addition to ticket sales, the Majestic Theatre is hoping to raise funds from community partners to achieve a $10,000 fundraising goal from the special showing of HOLLER. The proceeds from fundraising efforts will be used to sustain the Majestic Theatre during this period where restrictions prevent productions to take place.

For more information about HOLLER, ticket sales, and the Majestic Theatre, please visit

Renaissance Singers Present Drive-Thru Concert Sunday

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The Renaissance Singers annual September Concert will have a twist due to the pandemic. They’ll perform a Drive-Thru Concert Sunday from 2p-3p.

🎶 The Renaissance Singers haven’t let COVID stop them! 🎶 They will be will be presenting a mini-concert, masked and…

Posted by Barbara Tanner Nowlin on Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Learn more about the Renaissance Singers in this Litter Media interview from 2019.

A Preview of the Chillicothe VAMC 9-11 Remembrance Ceremony

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The Aladdin Pipes and Drums perform during the 2018 Remembrance Ceremony at the Chillicothe VAMC.

The Chillicothe VA will also hold it’s annual 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony this Friday at 9am at Building 259, the Chillicothe VA Fire Department.

The event will be streamed live via the Chillicothe VA Facebook Page.

Retired Firefighter Alan Wallace talks at the Chillicothe VAMC about his experience with the 9/11 attack on the Pentagon in 2001.

Telethon Benefiting United Way Ross County is Sunday

Presented by Hometown-Motors, Inc.

A reminder to join the United Way of Ross County’s annual campaign kick-off telethon this Sunday from 1pm-6pm.

The “United We All Win” Telethon will be streamed live on the United Way of Ross County’s Facebook Page from the Majestic Theater.

To call in to make a donation, call 740-775-1018.

Get more details below.

Majestic’s Dollar for Dollar Match Challenge a Success

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CHILLICOTHE, OH – The Majestic Theatre would like to announce the successful completion of its “Dollar for Dollar Match Challenge” that began in June. A donor approached the Majestic Theatre with the challenge of matching each dollar raised, up to $7,500, to help the theatre recover from the COVID-19 shutdown.

Board member Gene Betts tells Litter Media the challenge raised just over $15,000 for the Majestic, which hasn’t had a production since March due to the pandemic and restrictions on theaters.

The proceeds generated through this donation challenge provides the Majestic Theatre the necessary funds to continue the basic operations of the facility as it continues to work towards reopening for performances. When the shutdown occurred, the Majestic Theatre’s revenue stream came to halt. As a non-profit organization, it heavily relies on ticket sales, along with the rental of the theatre, courtyard, and parking lot to sustain basic operations. While grant funding helps achieve renovation and restoration goals to the historic landmark.

Upon the completion of this donation challenge, the Majestic Theatre Board of Directors would like to thank the donor, who has requested to remain anonymous, along with the many individuals that contributed to help achieve this goal. The support, generosity, and understanding from the community during these challenging times have been profound and greatly appreciated by the entire board.

VA Offers Free Virtual Drum Circle Program to Veterans 

Presented by Hometown-Motors, Inc.

CHILLICOTHE, OHIO – This year has brought many challenges, with likely the largest one being the COVID-19 pandemic.  For months, most people were asked to stay home, and practice social distancing.  One of the greatest challenges with social distancing is the isolation and boredom, which for some of us can trigger other challenges, such as depression and anxiety.  Veterans often struggle with these mental health symptoms, along with chronic pain, hypertension and other physical conditions. 

In order to address the needs of our Veterans who might be stuck at home for the long haul during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Chillicothe VA Medical Center developed a partnership with the Veteran led drumming organization called Warrior Beats to bring the healing power of drumming to Veterans.  Since we cannot bring the Veterans to the drum circle, we will bring the drum circle to the Veterans.  The Chillicothe VA Virtual Drum Circle is an opportunity to bring at least some of the benefits of drumming to Veterans in the comfort and privacy of their homes, while still observing social distancing precautions.  

The therapeutic advantages of drumming are evidence based and cover almost all domains of life.  Drumming has been shown to improve anxiety and stress through mindfulness.  Drumming also helps with struggles in impulse control, regularization of responses, altering the way the brain processes information, boosts the immune system, decreases levels of chronic pain and more than all of that, is fun. 

There are social benefits to drumming as well.  People who participate in drumming report a better sense of community, have enjoyed learning about the origin and cultures from which drumming originates, helps increase socialization and even fosters teamwork. 

Veterans can register for the Virtual Drum Circle on the Warrior Beats website (  Once the registration is received by the Chillicothe VA, a staff member will contact the Veteran and make arrangements to have a small hand drum delivered to their home free of charge.  Once registered, Veterans will receive an email directly from Warrior Beats prior to each drum circle.  To join the session, Veterans merely click on the link provided, enter the Zoom Meeting chat room, grab their drum and start playing.

For more information about the Virtual Drum Circle Program, call 740-773-1141, extension 6075.


The Aladdin Pipes and Drums perform during the 2018 Remembrance Ceremony at the Chillicothe VAMC.

The Chillicothe VA will also hold it’s annual 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony this Friday at 9am at Building 259, the Chillicothe VA Fire Department.

The event will be streamed live via the Chillicothe VA Facebook Page.

Retired Firefighter Alan Wallace talks at the Chillicothe VAMC about his experience with the 9/11 attack on the Pentagon in 2001.
In 2018, Chillicothe VAMC Fire Chief Robert Kirkbride talked of his experience on 9/11

Virtual Handbag Hullaballoo Helps Ronald McDonald House Charities

Presented by Hometown-Motors, Inc.

The Central Ohio Ronald McDonald House, near Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, provides a place to stay for families who have a child admitted in the hospital.

McDonald’s Jan Detty says in 2019, 158 families from Pickaway, Pike and Ross County were served by the Ronald McDonald House. The Central Ohio RMH is the largest in the world with 137 rooms.

R.H.F. Enterprises, which owns and operates McDonald’s restaurants in Chillicothe, Circleville, Greenfield and Waverly, has hosted Handbag Hullaballoo as a fundraiser for RMHC the last four years and the 2020 event is Thursday September 17th.

Handbag Hullaballoo is a game played much like bingo, and the prizes awarded are upscale designer handbags by Kate Spade, Michael Kors, Coach and more.

The Chillicothe Handbag Hullaballoo raised $32,000 for the RMH last September.

While seating at the Christopher Conference Center is sold out, this year’s event will also be held virtually.

The $50 virtual tickets can be purchased at

Learn more about Handbag Hullaballoo HERE.

Telethon Kicks Off United Way Ross County Annual Campaign

Presented by Hometown-Motors, Inc.

United Way of Ross County, announced the details of its 2020-2021 Campaign Kickoff Thursday. The kickoff will be held in the form of a telethon, to be held on September 13, 2020, at Chillicothe’s historic Majestic Theatre from 11:00 am -7:00 pm and will be streamed live via Facebook.

The campaign theme is United We All Win.

“We found the theme, ‘United We All Win,’ to be very appropriate given the challenges faced in fundraising during this time of COVID-19,” says Rick W. Smith Sr., MBA, MA, CFRL, president and CEO, United Way of Ross County.

“Nonprofits around the world are faced with an inability to raise money through their typical means via special events like galas, golf tournaments, and in-person visits. For us, we raise most of the money that we grant back into the community through traditional workplace giving campaigns. While we plan to do some of this, but due to COVID-19, many businesses cannot allow us to come into their buildings. So we as a staff decided that we would offer a virtual event to the community, a virtual telethon that would be much fun, raise money and benefit the community. United We All Win.”

The telethon will be hosted by, Lori Graves, and will feature regional talent and national talent from various parts of the country. The telethon also features comedian, Michael Colyar who’s appeared on The Martin Lawrence Show and ABC’s Black-ish.

The event will also feature music from Asa Lovechild, Scott Butterbaugh, Alexis Cierra, Scott Collier, and Dave Huffman, as well as local bands Six to Noon and BBJ Project, along with acoustic talent Pete Blevins and Funny Bone comedian Jon Craig.

“The telethon will be loads of fun as lots of entertainment will be offered, and we will conduct a silent auction with some amazing items up for bid, including vacation packages, weekend dinners, artwork from world renowned visual artist and author, Synthia SAINT JAMES and a local artist who will create a piece of art that will be auctioned to the highest bidder” says Smith. “There will also be some surprise guests that you will not want to miss.” The musical talent will be segmented into various genres of music, from Gospel to Country and Hip-Hop to Blues to Bluegrass.

The money raised from the telethon will go back into the community through grants that the United Way of Ross County gives to Ross County non-profits and schools.

For more information, contact the United Way of Ross County at (740) 773-3280.

Big Brothers-Big Sisters Reaches Out to Alumni Dancers for 2020 Virtual Dance For Kids’ Sake

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Dance For Kids’ Sake Co-Emcees Dan Ramey and Debbie Bettendorf prepare for the 2020 Virtual Dance For Kids’ Sake event.

Dance For Kids’ Sake will be virtual in 2020.

Big Brothers-Big Sisters of South Central Ohio President/CEO Julie Violette explains the event is important to the child mentoring agency which services children aged 7-to-14 in Fayette, Highland, Pickaway, Pike and Ross Counties.

Dance For Kids’ Sake has been one of the agency’s biggest fundraiser since 2012. Like so many non-profit agencies, the coronavirus pandemic has made raising funds difficult. For the first time since it started, another large contributor to BBBSSCO’s budget, Bowl For Kids’ Sake was cancelled.

The state ordered restrictions on large gatherings made holding DFKS in its normal format was going to be a challenge. So Violette is making a plea to the event’s alumni dancers to compete for a 2020 Virtual Champion.

“As you can imagine, this year’s been very tough, and it’s been very tough on everyone” said Violette. “The Little’s (kids served by BBBS) need your help. We haven’t been able to have any fundraising.”

How will it work? “We’re going to use the alumni dancers’ videos on a central website with the opportunity for visitors to the site to place votes. We want to keep everyone safe.”

As in the past, every vote for a dancer will cost five dollars and the site will also show the progress of the monies raised over the course of the campaign.

“Every vote the dancers receive goes to pay for matches (of Littles with their Bigs) and our wait list kids. Also in these times, we’ve been helping a lot with groceries and disinfectant supplies, back-to-school supplies.” Every dollar raised by the dancers and their sponsors stays in the service area over the five county region.

Violette says “We desperately need volunteers to help these kids. They’re just looking for someone to spend a little time with them that really cares about them.

The virtual event plans to involve dancers from previous DFKS events dating back to 2012.

DFKS Alumni Dancers can learn more by calling the office 740-773-2447 or sending an email to