The following are fundraisers, donations and charitable events happening in the Midlands. Email your information about good deeds to email@example.com or call 402-444-1040.
Book sculpture: KPMG participated in Operation Bookitecture, a book drive to collect new and gently used children's books, in its Omaha and Lincoln offices. The offices received 645 donated books, which they used to build a replica of Memorial Stadium. Firm-wide, KPMG offices are competing for the best creation built from their donated books. At the close of the competition, all books used to create the Memorial Stadium replica will be donated to children in need through Lutheran Family Services.
Happy “Pawliday”: The Council Bluffs Petco at 3271 Market Place Drive will try to fill a trailer for the Council Bluffs Animal Shelter next weekend. Bring cat and dog food, kitten chow, washable toys, new or slightly used leashes and collars, cat litter, grooming supplies, blankets, towels, heating pads, bleach, peroxide, rubbing alcohol, clear plastic tubs and lids from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Dec. 16. These items also can be dropped off at three other Bluffs locations: Freddy's Custard and Steakburgers, 3607 Metro Drive; the Center, 714 Main St.; and Posh Pets, 229 Bennett Ave. Cash donations will be accepted, too.
Eat to help: Instead of having patrons pay for the food ordered on Dec. 16, Shipwrecked in West Point, Neb., will accept donations. Every dollar collected from noon until 3 p.m. will go to help a family in need for Christmas. Names of families in need are being collected through Dec. 16. After 3 p.m., a drawing will be held to select the recipient family of the collected donations.
Help a family: Dan Yetts has been fighting cancer since 2009 and was laid off in October. His wife, Rhona, is living with multiple sclerosis. The holidays already were a difficult time for the family: On Dec. 26, 2000, their daughter Marissa died from leukemia. Friends of the family are hosting a spaghetti dinner, silent auction and bake sale from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday at St. John Vianney Catholic Church, 5801 Oak Hills Drive. Tickets are $7 each. Donations also can be made by contacting Julee Coyler at firstname.lastname@example.org or Kathy Dean at email@example.com.
Check your closets: Max I. Walker seeks donations of gently used prom and bridesmaid dresses and wedding gowns for its next Ultra Chic Prom Boutique. The event, Feb. 9 at Ramada Plaza Hotel, lets women find the dresses of their dreams for only $25 each. The dresses can be donated at any of the 24 Max I. Walker locations, where they will be cleaned and pressed. More information: www.maxiwalker.com.
Dance up a sweat: A little exercise this month probably will do everyone some good. For a donation of $10, come Zumba from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Dec. 15 at the South Omaha YMCA, 3010 R St. The event is a fundraiser for Reina Walls' Healing Tender Hearts nonprofit, which focuses on preventing heart disease in women.
Grant for food: In November, AseraCare Hospice gave a $500 grant to Care and Share House, a food pantry and clothing outlet. Care and Share staff used the money to buy 3,800 pounds of food.
For the little ones: A diaper drive for the Open Door Mission's Lydia House will be Friday through Dec. 16. Drop off packages of diapers at the Linden Market Hy-Vee, 132nd Street and West Dodge Road, or United Republic Bank, 180th and Burke Streets. The bank also will be contributing $10 for every household donating packages of diapers.
Granting wishes: The Team Ashtyn Foundation, a nonprofit organization in Gering, Neb., started by Tory and Jennifer Schwartz on behalf of their daughter Ashtyn, received more $6,000 from the recent Lil' Diva and Dude Day held at The Spa by TLC. Funds raised will help childhood cancer families in the Nebraska Panhandle and eastern Wyoming area, providing magical moments for children from birth to 26.
Bling for bones: Chico's, a women's clothing store, will hold a “Brings on the Bling” fashion show at its Shadow Lake Towne Center location in Papillion at 6:30 p.m. Thursday. Ten percent of all purchases made during the event will be donated to the Creighton University Osteoporosis Research Center Endowment. In addition, 10 percent of purchases made Tuesday through Saturday also will go to the endowment if the customer requests it. The fashion show will include refreshments and chances to win prizes.
Neighbor helping neighbor: Royal Neighbors of America Chapter 1373 in Atlantic, Iowa, gave two area women checks for $3,500 each in its “Nation of Neighbors” program. Treva Turpin of Brayton, Iowa, will use the funds to complete a two-story building at Bethany Camp that will be used as a mess hall for retreats and camps. Jacque Wickey is dedicated to assisting the Family Crisis Support Network Victim's Services in Atlantic.
Carrying on: There will be a Spaghetti Feed and Half Time Shoot Out fundraiser for Evan Sharp Friday at Millard West High School. The event will start at 5 p.m. The varsity girls and boys will take on Omaha Central. Sharp was diagnosed at age 9 with a brain tumor. Although he died in 2011, his family continues his fight to promote awareness for childhood cancers and raise money for a cure. The event is $5 per person or $20 per family for the spaghetti feed. Games and raffle tickets will be $1.
Helping out Santa: The sixth annual Leavenworth Bar toy drive to benefit the Open Door Mission is under way. Drop off any new and unwrapped toy or cash donation to the bar at 4556 Leavenworth St. between now and Dec. 16. There also will be free stocking decorating from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. Dec. 16.
Animal kingdom: The Bellevue Animal Hospital, 25th Street and Cornhusker, will host a “Santa Paws” event from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 16. The event will feature Santa Claus, Mrs. Claus, elves, Max the Grinch's dog, the newest member of the Bellevue K-9 Unit, Axe, and his handler, Officer Jim Bartley. Free-will donations (cash or check) will benefit the Bellevue Food Pantry. Bring your camera and take your pet's photo with Santa. (Pets must be supervised by another family member or a member of the hospital staff while you meet with the K-9 officers.)
Donations for tickets: Marcus Twin Creek Cinema, 3909 Raynor Parkway in Bellevue, and Marcus 20 Grand Cinema, 14304 West Maple Road, will host a charity event benefiting the Open Door Mission on Saturday. For every three nonperishable food items donated, guests will receive one free admission ticket to the 10 a.m. showing of “Polar Express.” A visit from Santa is expected at both theater locations with photo opportunities available.
Compiled by Carol Bicak