Hundreds of free chef-prepared meals were handed out to residents over two Saturdays in September in the parking lot of Symmetry Financial, 204 Whitson Ave., in Swannanoa. The meal giveaway was sponsored by the Swannanoa Community Council and Friends of the Swannanoa Library, in partnership with Food Connection, and featured some great live music from The Paper Crowns and Ashley Heath. The meal giveaway was a gift to the community by the same organizations that normally sponsor the Groovin’ on Grovemont summer concert series, which unfortunately had to be canceled this year due to the coronavirus. Thank you!
Volunteer Ginny Barker prepares to welcome blood donors at the Swannanoa Community Blood Drive held at Valley Hope Church on September 29. To help alleviate the critical blood shortage caused by the pandemic, Friends and Neighbors of Swannanoa (FANS) has sponsored three blood drives, in cooperation with the American Red Cross. In total, 111 units of blood have been collected. Many thanks to all those who have donated and volunteered!