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Get rid of trash, debris during Roll-off Dumpster Day


The city of Jackson is encouraging citizens of Jackson to participate in Roll-Off Dumpster Day from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 28. Residents can take tree limbs, other yard debris and household items to one of the following locations, weather permitting:

• Smith Wills Stadium, 1200 block of Lakeland Drive, east of softball field

• Gravel lot just east of 2550 Medgar Evers Blvd., old Pepsi building west of Jackson Medical Mall

• Raines Park, 5260 Clinton Blvd. and Flag Chapel Road, located in parking lot

• Tennis South Center, 1517 McDowell Road, located in parking lot

Residents may bring all household furniture, small appliances and accessories for disposal. However, tires, chemicals and gas tanks are not accepted in Roll off Dumpster program. Participants are required to place debris inside dumpster provided at the locations.

City business and residents living outside the city limits of the City of Jackson are not eligible to participate. Proof of residency may be required.

For more information about Roll-Off Dumpster Day and other Solid Waste programs, contact the city of Jackson at (601) 960-0000 or visit the website at


Canton Chamber of Commerce to hold blood drive


Mississippi Blood Services will hold a blood drive from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. May 19, at the Canton Chamber of Commerce.

The MBS donor coach will be on Peace Street in Canton. All donors will receive a T-shirt. Donors can now check their total cholesterol on their MBSConnect Account.

Donating blood is safe, simple and it saves lives. Donors must be at least 17 years old and 16 years old with signed parental consent (visit the MBS website for a copy of the form), weigh at least 110 pounds and have a valid ID.

Visit or call at (888) 90-BLOOD (902-5663) for information. Download the free MBS app on your smartphone or tablet and keep up with MBS drives and events in your area.


Postal Service to collect food from residents  May 14


On May 14, as letter carriers deliver mail, they will pick up non-perishable food donations left at customers’ mailboxes. The food will be collected and delivered to local food banks. America’s letter carriers will conduct the nation’s largest single-day food drive.

The annual Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive, hosted each year by the National Association of Letter Carriers, in partnership with the U.S. Postal Service, will support local food banks and the 48 million Americans who struggle with hunger.

Residents can help Stamp Out Hunger by simply collecting non-perishable food items and leaving them in a sturdy bag near their mailboxes on May 14. A letter carrier will collect the donations and deliver them to local food banks and pantries.

Participating Post Offices in Mississippi are Amory, Ashland, Bailey, Baldwyn, Batesville, Bay Saint Louis, Biloxi, Booneville, Brandon (ZIP Code 39042 only), Burnsville, Carthage, Clarksdale, Cleveland, Columbia, Columbus, Corinth, DeKalb, D’ Iberville, Escatawpa, Foxworth, Fulton, Greenwood, Grenada, Gautier, Gulfport, Hattiesburg, Hazlehurst, Hernando, Holly Springs, Horn Lake, Indianola, Jackson, Kokomo, Leland, Long Beach, Louisville, Lumberton, Madison, Magee, Meridian, Moss Point, Natchez, New Albany, Noxapater, Ocean Springs, Olive Branch, Oxford, Pascagoula, Pass Christian, Pearl, Petal, Philadelphia, Picayune, Quitman, Ripley, Ruleville, Saucier, Southaven, Starkville, Tupelo, Tremont, Tylertown, Vicksburg, Walnut, Water Valley, Wiggins, and Winona.

The Stamp Out Hunger food drive was created in 1993 by the National Association of Letter Carriers to encourage communities to come together in an effort to stock the shelves of food banks and pantries nationwide. The event is held on the second Saturday of May each year.

The Stamp Out Hunger food drive is held in 10,000 cities and towns in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and Guam. Last year, letter carriers collected over 70 million pounds of food donations to be donated to their local food bank and pantries.

The AFL-CIO, National Rural Letter Carriers’ Association, United Way, Valassis, United Food and Commercial Workers International Union, and Valpak are all supporting this year’s Stamp Out Hunger food drive.

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