The following are fundraisers, donations and charitable events happening in the Midlands. Email your information about good deeds to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 402-444-1040.
Teddies all around: United Airlines' Adventure Bear Program recently delivered good cheer and get well wishes to patients at Children's Hospital & Medical Center. Each child received a limited-edition Gund teddy bear named Oliver D. World.
Off campus: More than 100 students from Briar Cliff University in Sioux City, Iowa, will collect canned food for needy families in Siouxland during the school's annual door-to-door canned food drive from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. today.
Fighting hunger: Omaha Performing Arts, Omaha Symphony, Opera Omaha and Omaha Community Playhouse have partnered again this holiday season with ConAgra Foods for its Shine the Light on Hunger program. This event will begin Thursday and feature a food drive at three venues: the Holland Performing Arts Center, the Orpheum Theater and the Omaha Community Playhouse. Patrons are encouraged to bring canned food and other nonperishable items to these venues when attending any performance through Jan. 1. All donations will support Food Bank for the Heartland. Last year, the performing arts organizations collected more than 2,900 pounds of food, which resulted in more than 2,440 meals. For a listing of performances, visit TicketOmaha.com.
Time for lunch: Saturday's freewill donation lunch, silent auction and live auction will help pay the medical bills and travel expenses of Trent Lubberstedt of Laurel, Neb. The event will begin at 11 a.m. at Taylor's Seed Warehouse in Laurel. The silent auction will run from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. with the live auction to follow. Trent has suffered debilitating headaches multiple times daily for nearly three years. Doctors in four states have not found a cause or a treatment. Monetary donations may be sent to: Trent Lubberstedt Benefit, c/o Citizens State Bank, P.O. Box 127, Laurel, NE 68745.
Kaleidoscope: The Museum of Nebraska Art Guild will offer “Kaleidoscope, A Benefit Gift Boutique” from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 4 at the museum in Kearney, Neb. The annual event gives artists an opportunity to show their creations and shoppers to buy them. Proceeds support the security function at the museum.
Growing family: Tim and Mary Borchert and their six children are awaiting the adoption of Andrii and Masha from Ukraine. The hurdle is money. They have raised $11,000, but still need $15,000 more. A noon to 6 p.m. Nov. 4 craft and vendor fair, bake sale and pasta feed will help their cause. The event will be at the Millard Plaza Ballroom, 5339 S. 139th Plaza. To learn more about the Borcherts and their adoption quest, visit bringAandMhome.wordpress.com.
Help for kids: Cass County Court Appointed Special Advocates will raffle a framed print by photographer Thomas D. Mangelsen as a benefit for the children CASA serves. The print, “Still Waters,” has a retail value of $950. It will be displayed at two banks in Plattsmouth, Neb. The print will be at Cass County Bank through Nov. 10 and at Plattsmouth State Bank from Nov. 12 through Dec. 3. Raffle tickets cost $10 each or three for $20. Contact Angie Neumiller, executive director of Cass County CASA, at 402-296-9520 or email@example.com to buy tickets. The drawing will be Dec. 8.
In training: Liz Perry of Omaha is raising funds for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society as a participant in its Team In Training program. She will run a half-marathon Nov. 10 at Disney World in honor of her mother, Donna Robbins, who lost her battle with leukemia in 2006, and a friend, lymphoma survivor Brian Fuchser. Donations can be made at pages.teamintraining.org/vtnt/diswine12/doingitfordonna#Im-back-baby.
Holiday cheer: The Bellevue Chamber of Commerce again is sponsoring Operation Holiday Cheer. Gift bags are filled and presented to enlisted military members living in dorms at Offutt Air Force Base. Bags will be delivered Dec. 3. Cash donations are needed to purchase the goodies for the bags. Make checks payable to the Bellevue Economic Enhancement Foundation 501(c)3 and mail or bring them to Bellevue Chamber of Commerce, c/o Operation Holiday Cheer, 1102 Galvin Road South, Bellevue, NE 68005.
Books to share: Assistance League of Omaha on Saturday distributed 1,100 books from its Children's Book Drive to Lydia House, Safe Haven, the Stephen Center, the Shelter, Assistance League's Operation School Bell and Operation Teen Parent. These organizations collected books for the league: Mutual of Omaha, Black Employee Resource Group, the Bookworm, Union Pacific, Council on Native American Heritage, Black Employee's Network, UP Veterans, Asian Employee Resource Organization, Elkhorn Valley View Middle School, Kappa Delta Pi University of Nebraska at Omaha Honorary Education Fraternity and Assistance League members.
Hope packs: Members of the Junior League of Omaha recently delivered 50 crisis backpacks to Nebraska Children's Home Society. The packs are part of the Junior League's Project Hope Pack project. They will be distributed to children removed from their homes and placed in foster care. Each Project Hope Pack is a backpack filled with personal hygiene items, a stuffed animal, pajamas and an educational toy or activity. All items in the packs are donated to or solicited by members of the league.
Reaching out: Members of Altrusa International of Omaha, a group dedicated to improving communities through service to others, recently delivered books and clothing to residents of the Stephen Center.
Compiled by Sue Story Truax
Soldiers in Afghanistan: Names have been gathered and Thanksgiving packages will be mailed Thursday to U.S. soldiers serving in Afghanistan. Anyone who would like to donate items to mail should bring them by Wednesday to Pinnacle Bank in Gretna. Items of need are small packages of nuts, trail mix, drink mixes, little bags of candies, jerky, etc. American Legion Post 216 has donated the money for postage, and the American Legion Auxiliary and the United Methodist Women are donating homemade cookies to the effort.
Planting essentials: Pamela Galus, science specialist at Lothrop Magnet Elementary in the Omaha Public Schools, has received a small grant to implement a native plant project next year. The goal is to get people to use native plants rather than landscape plants that have high water needs. If you can contribute seeds, potting soil or plants, or would like to help with community education, contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org or 402-457-5704.
Leaves, please: Benson Plant Rescue, 7230 Maple St., needs to gather 1,800 gallons of autumn leaves for use as bedding for worms. Only clean, bagged leaves are taken — no other yard debris such as large sticks, grass, etc. Do not contribute walnut leaves because these are problematic for plants and worms. Raked leaves are preferred to avoid grass picked up by lawn mowers. Dry leaves mulched by a leaf blower's vacuum attachment are fine. Place the bagged leaves on the west side of the building near the Dumpster.
Compiled by Sue Story Truax with World-Herald News Service
Put the Beds to Bed: Register by Wednesday to participate as Lincoln Parks and Recreation hosts the 11th annual “Put the Beds to Bed” event from 8:30 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Sunken Gardens, 26th and D Streets in Lincoln. Participants should dress in work clothes, heavy-soled shoes and work gloves, and bring a shovel or spade and a willingness to get dirty. Register by contacting Janet Ball at 402-441-7035 or email@example.com.
Stand Down: The Veterans Affairs Department needs 150 volunteers to help veterans who attend the Nov. 17 Stand Down outreach event at the Civic Auditorium Exhibition Hall, 1804 Capitol Ave. Stand Down provides a one-stop resource for homeless veterans to access VA and other community resources. Volunteers escort veterans to the many stations, including VA health care screening, haircuts, foot massages, assistance with benefits, free clothing and a hot meal. Volunteers must be at least 15 and are encouraged to wear comfortable clothing and shoes, because there is a lot of walking involved. To volunteer, call Desiree Kochen at 402-210-0321 or email Desiree.Kochen@va.gov and leave your name, contact phone number and the number of people in your group who wish to participate.
Rebuilding Day: Teams and team leaders are needed for the 2013 annual Rebuilding Day, which will be April 27. Teams don't need to be fully formed until April, but team leaders need to be trained soon. Teams can be groups from neighborhoods, churches, service organizations or companies. The team leader's job is to communicate dates, times, places and duties, and to make sure the teams have the tools and supplies needed to get the work done. Rebuilding Together, which has been working in the Omaha area for 17 years, provides the planning tools that team leaders need. In addition to its core home repair work, Rebuilding Together Omaha does home modifications for disabled homeowners that focus on elder home safety, energy efficiency, veterans housing, and disaster recovery and reconstruction. To sign up as a volunteer team captain, contact Rebuilding Together Omaha through rebuildingtogetheromaha.org or 402-965-9201.
Helping pets: Petco and the Petco Foundation need volunteers to help collect pet food during the organizations' National Pet Food Drive, which kicks off today and runs through Nov. 11. Pet lovers can register online to volunteer at any of Petco's stores to help consumers learn more about the year-round Pet Food Bank program. Volunteer opportunities are on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays throughout the drive. To volunteer, visit petco.volunteermatch.org and select “Petco Foundation Pet Food Drive.” Once registered, volunteers can pick a Petco store location and time. All food drive volunteers will receive training. Donations go to the Pet Food Bank, which provides food and litter to families in need.
Can you sew? The Hug-a-Bear committee has made and distributed 27,800 bears throughout Omaha and Council Bluffs. This committee is part of the Heartland Council of Pioneers that won the award for Volunteer Group of the Year 2012 from ServeNebraska. The group needs persons to sew together the bear pieces. If you can help, call Steve Dawkins at 402-445-0715.
For tootsies: Socks for Seniors is an annual community service project through which volunteers organize the collection of new socks to be distributed around the holidays in area nursing homes. This year's program began Saturday, which was Make A Difference Day, and will run through Christmas. The Ohio-based Socks for Seniors seeks coordinators in and near Omaha to help with collecting socks. To help or for more information, visit socksforseniors.com.
Compiled by Sue Story Truax