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.
Blood drives: Area college campuses are hosting Red Cross We Challenge “U” Blood Drives this month and February, a time when inclement weather and the cold and flu season cut down donor numbers. Donors will register, complete a brief health history screening, and have their blood pressure, pulse rate, temperature and iron level checked. The entire donation process takes about an hour. Refreshments are provided at the end of the donation process.
» Monday, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., North Platte Community College Student Lounge, North Campus, North Platte, Neb.
» Tuesday, 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Metropolitan Community College Elkhorn Campus, 829 N. 204th St.
» Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Metropolitan Community College, South Omaha Campus. 27th and Q Streets.
» Thursday, 1 p.m. to 6 p.m., Creighton University School of Dentistry, lower classrooms, 2802 Webster St.
» Feb. 4, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Clarkson College, Howard Hall, 101 S. 42nd St.
» Feb. 7, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Bellevue University, Student Center, 1000 Galvin Road South, Bellevue.
» Feb. 11, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., College of St. Mary, Mercy Meeting Hall, 7000 Mercy Road.
» Feb. 13, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., University of Nebraska at Omaha, Milo Bail Student Center, 6001 Dodge St.
» Feb. 18, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Creighton University Student Center, 2500 California St.
» Feb. 18, 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Nebraska Methodist College, 720 N. 87th St.
» Feb. 19, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Creighton University Student Center.
» Feb. 25, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., University of Nebraska Medical Center, Fitness Center, 3908 Jones St.
» Feb. 26, noon to 6 p.m., UNMC Fitness Center.
» Feb. 28, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., McCook Community College Event Center, McCook, Neb.
For more information, call 800-733-2767 or visit redcrossblood.org.
On the ice: The University of Nebraska Medical Center will hold its third annual Skate-a-thon to benefit research on Parkinson's disease and the Parkinson's Health Development nonprofit program. The UNMC Ice Rink, just east of 42nd Street and south of Emile Street, will host the event from 5 p.m. Friday to 5 p.m. Saturday. The public is invited to be spectators or ice skating participants. The cost is $10 for individuals and $40 for a family. The registration fee includes skate rental. Organizers hope to keep skaters on the ice all 24 hours of the skate-a-thon. Highlights will include a deejay, a pajama skate, a shiver skate, “Thriller Guys” performances, tricycle races, and opening and closing ceremonies. There will be a heated tent for skaters and spectators to warm up, plus hot drinks, snacks and soup.
Meet the athletic department: Lunch With the Chargers will be served by Briar Cliff coaches, student athletes and administrators during seating times at 11:15 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Monday at Texas Roadhouse, 5130 Sergeant Road, Sioux City, Iowa. All proceeds from the annual fundraiser will benefit Briar Cliff University's annual scholarship fund. For ticket information, contact Lorna Daugherty at 712-279-1705 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
'Water Their World': For every new “like” on Valley Irrigation's Facebook page, the company will donate $1 to Planet Water, a nonprofit international development organization in Omaha that provides clean drinking water to the world's disadvantaged communities by building Aqua Towers. The promotion is scheduled to end on March 31.
Initial meeting: A Straight-Gay Alliance student group at the University of Nebraska Medical Center will hold its first meeting on Jan. 30 from noon to 1 p.m. in Wittson Hall Auditorium, 42nd Street between Dewey Avenue and Emile Street. Signs and directions to the event will be put up earlier that day. The meeting is open to all UNMC students, faculty, administrators, medical professionals and the public. Dr. Loren Olson, semiretired psychiatrist and author of “Finally Out: Letting Go of Living Straight,” will be speaker. To make a donation or get information on becoming a guest speaker for future meetings, contact Chien-Shien (Rick) Yang at email@example.com.
Gift of better health: Alegent Creighton Clinic shipped 35,000 pounds of scrubs, textbooks and medical equipment to Tanzania last week. Alegent Creighton Health has worked to meet the health needs in the African country. Outreach projects include everything from building new facilities and updating equipment to training staff and raising money for nursing scholarships.
Better smiles: The University of Nebraska College of Dentistry in Lincoln will hold its 12th annual Children's Dental Day Feb. 1. About 200 children from 14 communities across Nebraska will visit the school that day for fun-filled activities as well as needed dental procedures at no cost. The participating children were selected on basis of need. Students from the University of Nebraska Medical Center School of Nursing will volunteer with dental and dental hygiene students to provide the children's treatments and check out the kids' overall health.
Compiled by Carol Bicak