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.
Feed the need: In an effort to help heat homes this winter, several restaurants at Midtown Crossing have cultivated exclusive menu items and specials encouraging generosity. Feed the Need is a two-week campaign, which began on Feb. 17 and ends March 2, in which participating restaurants will donate a portion of guest bills or accept donation in support of the Heat the Streets Run and Walk for Warmth.
The race will be held on Saturday at Midtown Crossing. Check-in begins at 7 a.m., with the run starting at 9 a.m. and the walk at 9:30 a.m. For more information, visit midtowncrossing.com or contact Molly Skold at 402-598-9676 or Molly.Skold@mutualofomaha.com.
Chili feed: The Ralston Lions Club will hold its annual All You Can Eat Chili Feed and auction on March 2 from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Ralston Senior Center, 73rd and Q Streets. Along with chili, there will be dessert and beverages. Both a silent auction and a live auction will begin at 5:15 p.m. The proceeds from the event will be used for eye exams, to purchase eyeglasses, high school scholarships, Leader Dog, Diabetes Awareness, Radio Talking Book, Lions Foundation and more. Tickets for the event are $7 for adults, $3 for children ages 6-12 and free for children age 5 and under.
Keep Kids Alive: The Omaha Keep Kids Alive Drive 25 Run/Walk to Remember will be held on May 3 in honor of loved ones who have died in traffic incidents. In conjunction with the race there will be a raffle for an autographed basketball by Creighton's Doug McDermott. To register for the race, visit KeepKidsAliveDrive25.org and click on the “Run to Remember” logo.
Volunteers wanted: ServeNebraska is currently seeking volunteers to review grant proposals for AmeriCorps funding within Nebraska. This is an opportunity to learn more about the grant-making process, develop grant-writing skills, learn about exciting things happening in national service programs and contribute your knowledge and experience to selecting high-quality programs for funding. The yearlong program begins Sept. 1. Applications are due April 18. For more information, contact Greg Donovan at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 402-471-6249.
Fuel for good: The Tanks of Thanks program is a way for people who are making a difference in their communities to be recognized and receive the gift of free fuel. To date the program has rewarded 203 people from across Nebraska with $50 gift cards for free fuel redeemable at any Cenex retail location. If you have someone you want to nominate, visit TanksofThanks.com.
Donations: The Benson Plant Rescue recently donated an iMac and three iPads to the Benson Library. The plant rescue group has donated more than $50,000 to the library since 1999. Last year Benson Plant Rescue opened a retail outlet at 7224 Maple St. During the winter the store is open on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., but it will be open seven days a week beginning April 1. For more information, visit Facebook/BensonPlantRescue.
Compiled by Derek Noehren