Nebraska foster children: UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Nebraska donated 2,200 duffel bags to Nebraska youth in foster care Monday. Five agencies will receive the bags: CEDARS Children and Family Services, Compass, KVC Behavioral Healthcare, PromiseShip and Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services.

Nebraska Children’s Home Society: Fast-food chain Hardee’s donated $8,000 to Nebraska Children’s Home Society on Thursday. Money was raised from the $1 Little Red Paper Stockings sold Thanksgiving through Christmas Day at seven of the Hardee’s Nebraska locations. Nebraska Children’s Home Society provides safe care to children of all ages through adoption, foster care, family support and early childhood education programs. NCHS served more than 9,400 individuals through 10 offices during the 2017 fiscal year.

Nebraska Trails Foundation: Ross Greathouse and Lynn Lightner, both of Lincoln, were named the 2017 Doppelt Family Rail-Trail Champions by the national nonprofit organization Rails-to-Trails Conservancy on Thursday. Greathouse and Lightner have been trail builders for nearly four decades and helped establish and raise funds for the Nebraska Trails Foundation. They recently completed the Chief Standing Bear Trail from Beatrice to the Nebraska-Kansas border. Rails-to-Trails Conservancy is dedicated to connecting people and communities by creating a nationwide network of public trails, many from former rail lines.

Community service award: Marvin Welstead, 97, of Fremont, Nebraska, will receive the University of Nebraska Medical Center Community Service to Research Award during the Distinguished Scientists awards ceremony Tuesday at the Durham Research Center Auditorium. Welstead, a retired banker, has devoted his life to finding a cure and helping others impacted by Alzheimer’s disease in the Fremont area since his wife, Jean, developed Alzheimer’s in 2001. He was one of three people who organized the Fremont Area Alzheimer’s Committee, now Fremont Area Alzheimer’s Collaboration. The collaboration donates money to support research and caregiver education programs. The group has granted more than $125,000 to support Alzheimer’s disease research projects at UNMC. Additionally, he established the Marvin and Jean Welstead Alzheimer’s Disease Education and Research Fund and annually donates $2,500.

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