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.
Shine the light: The recent fifth annual Omaha's Great Pumpkin event was the biggest yet with about 1,000 people taking part. The event involved pumpkin carving, a pie-eating contest, a little bit of magic, games and trick-or-treating throughout Village Pointe. The 913 pumpkins on the tree represented the number of Nebraska children still in foster care, awaiting forever families. Once the pumpkins were carved, they went back onto the tree where they were lighted at night to “shine the light” on the need for adoptive families. A local dance studio led a “Thriller” flash mob and five local football teams competed in the pie-eating contest. Omaha Westside High School won for the second straight year. The Great Pumpkin event is a project of Lutheran Family Services of Nebraska and its Forever Families Guild to educate and raise awareness of foster child adoption.