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.
180 signed up: Students at the University of Nebraska Medical Center registered more than 180 potential bone marrow donors in the National Marrow Donor Program's Be the Match Registry. The registration drive was held in conjunction with Bone Marrow Awareness Month. Physicians search the registry to find donors who match their patients. If a match occurs, donors will be asked to donate either bone marrow or cells from circulating blood.
Day to give: The goal of #GivingTuesday is to launch a day of giving at the start of the annual holiday shopping season.
The Nebraska Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America suggests donating to these organizations, which it sponsors: Nebraska Synod, Lutheran Planned Giving Services, Blue Valley Lutheran Home, Immanuel Communities, Lutheran Family Services, Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago, Midland University, Mosaic, Nebraska Lutheran Campus Ministry, Nebraska Lutheran Outdoor Ministries, Oaks Indian Mission, Tabitha Health Care Services and Wartburg Theological Seminary.
Pass the syrup: Pancakes for the Parks, a 7 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. Saturday breakfast, will benefit the Omaha Parks Foundation Playground Initiative. LongHorn Steakhouse, 7425 Dodge St., will host the benefit, which will include a silent auction. Breakfast will cost $8 for adults and $4 for children. Pay at the door.
Holiday tradition: The Papillion Community Foundation will host its annual Holiday Luncheon on Saturday at Trinity Lutheran Church's Family Life Center, 520 W. Lincoln St. in Papillion. Doors will open at 10 a.m. and the program will begin at 11 a.m. The event will include a live auction and live entertainment.
Tickets, $20 each, can be purchased at Kajoma's Fashion Boutique, 104 E. First St. in Papillion, or the Papillion Community Foundation, 122 E. Third St. in Papillion. The luncheon is a fundraiser for the foundation, which uses the proceeds to support Winter Wonderland.
Days gone by: Celebrate a Sarpy Old Fashioned Christmas from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at the La Vista Public Library, 9110 Giles Road in La Vista. Traditions of the past brought to today will include popcorn stringing, ornament making, cookies, cider, music and more. Period dress is encouraged. Tickets are $10 for one child (ages 6 to 12) and one adult together. Buy tickets at the Sarpy County Museum in Bellevue, La Vista Public Library, Gretna Public Library, Springfield Public Library or Sump Memorial Library in Papillion. Proceeds will benefit the Sarpy County Museum.
For a family: An 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 2 benefit will be held for the Eric and Amy Wilmeth family of Bennington. Amy Wilmeth has had five surgeries, chemotherapy and radiation treatment for breast cancer. She was scheduled for her final reconstruction surgery in September, but it was delayed when she learned she was pregnant with the couple's fourth child. Two weeks later, she learned the cancer had returned. Since then, she has had three more surgeries and is preparing for chemotherapy.
Eric Wilmeth was laid off from his job in mid-September and the family's insurance through his work is promised only through the end of November. Eric's other job, pastor of Bennington Baptist Church, doesn't provide insurance. The benefit will include a spaghetti dinner and silent auction at Bennington High School, 168th Street and Bennington Road. All donations will go to the Wilmeth family. Advance tickets are $8 for adults and $4 for children, with $25 maximum for a family. Tickets at the door will be $10 for adults and $5 for children, with a $30 family maximum. Purchase advance tickets or make a donation at awilmeth.wordpress.com.
It takes a village to provide Thanksgiving meals to many people in the Omaha area. A lot of groups contributed to the effort. The World-Herald told the stories of many of these organizations last week. Today we share information about other groups who gave a helping hand.
Prince Hall Masons: The men of Nat Hunter Masonic Lodge 12 Prince Hall Affiliations F.& A.M. (Free and Accepted Mason) continued their 40-plus-year tradition. The lodge's 35 members prepared Thanksgiving dinner at the Prince Hall Masonic Temple and delivered the meals to residents of the Omaha Housing Authority's Jackson, Evans, Florence, Benson, Underwood and Pine Towers. The 35 lodge members provided the food and began food preparation Tuesday. On Thanksgiving Day, they served more than 500 meals.
Law firm: The Inserra & Kelley law firm was busy Tuesday. All employees helped hand out 500 turkeys that the firm donated to Food Bank for the Heartland. Lawyers Against Hunger personally gave out the turkeys at No Frills Supermarket at 50th and G Streets to those persons who had a food bank voucher for a holiday bird.
HALO Club: For the 64th year, Mutual of Omaha's employee-run and employee-funded charitable organization, HALO, assembled and delivered Thanksgiving food baskets Tuesday to families and individuals in need. The employees provided baskets to 238 local families. Each basket was filled with a week's worth of boxed and canned food, plus a grocery gift certificate for perishable food items. Persons receiving the baskets were selected through referrals from employees, the Heart Ministry Center and the Eastern Nebraska Office on Aging.
Kiwanis: The Kiwanis Club of Southwest Omaha delivered 54 food baskets Tuesday to families in southwest Omaha. Three Millard elementary schools — Hitchcock, Sandoz and Willowdale — had canned food drives for the project. Club members purchased a turkey, stuffing, cranberries and potatoes for each basket to add to the canned goods.
Compiled by Sue Story Truax and Christopher Burbach with World-Herald News Service