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On Jan. 26, SpartanNash and its Family Fare Supermarkets and Supermercado Nuestra Familia stores donated 200 bags of groceries to the Open Door Mission. Store guests could purchase the bags of groceries during a “Pack the Pantry” fundraising event held in the retail stores, Dec. 6-25, 2016. Associates from the Papillion Family Fare joined (from left) Assistant Store Director Tanner Nielson, Open Door Mission Communications Coordinator Maggie Cope and SpartanNash Senior Director of Retail Operations Lonnie Eggers during the donation.

SpartanNash — together with its 14 Family Fare Supermarkets and three Supermercado Nuestra Familia stores in greater Omaha — donated 200 bags of groceries to the Open Door Mission on Jan. 26.

Each bag contained products to provide meals to local families in the fight against hunger in the community. Between Dec. 5 and 26, store guests who visited any of the Family Fare Supermarkets or Supermercado Nuestra Familia locations in the Omaha-area could “Pack the Pantry” as part of a fundraiser benefitting Open Door Mission.

For $20, store guests could purchase a bag containing products such as canned vegetables, tuna fish and pancake mix. In total, 170 bags were donated through the stores. SpartanNash — which owns and operates the Family Fare and Supermercado stores — donated an additional 30 bags of groceries to help the Open Door Mission fight hunger in the local community.

Other fundraisers, donations, other charitable efforts in the Midlands include:

Fundraiser dinner: Michellino’s Ristorante will hold a fundraiser for St. Michael High School’s 2017 mission trip from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday at Saint Michael Lutheran Church, 13232 Blondo St. The event will feature lasagna or spaghetti with meatballs, salad, bread, drinks and dessert. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children ages 5-12, and kids younger than 5 eat free. To purchase tickets, call 402-493-2871.

Philanthropy contest: The Philanthropy Council of Northeast Nebraska is holding a Youth Philanthropy Contest for area young people. Ten contest winners will receive up to $1,000 to complete their projects. Applications are due by 10 a.m. Saturday. Students in grades kindergarten through age 25 are eligible. Individuals, small groups, clubs and classrooms can participate. Applications and guidelines are available online at philanthropycouncilne.org. The public can view the youth projects at the Youth Contest Showcase and Social Hour at 5:30 p.m. Saturday at the Lifelong Learning Center in Norfolk, Nebraska. All youth contest winners will be honored at a special banquet following the showcase.

Camp grant: Google recently awarded Kaneko a grant for $20,000 through the Google Inc. Charitable Giving Fund of the Tides Foundation. The money will help expand the STEM-based educational summer camps. Kaneko currently hosts summer camps in four areas, including architecture design, video game design, and 3D prototyping and design in multiple STEM areas. The grant money will help Kaneko reach more students in the Omaha area with additional technology resources like laptops, tablets, storage carts, printers and more. The annual Kaneko summer camps are designed for students aged 12-15 years old. This past year, 30 of the 160 camp participants attended on scholarship and were identified via the free and reduced lunch program or after school program.

Scholarship luncheon: Angela Duckworth, author of “Grit: The Power of Passion & Perseverance,” will be the keynote speaker at Phoenix Academy’s 2017 Scholarship Luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesday at the Hilton Omaha, 1001 Cass St. A professor of psychology at the University of Pennsylvania, Duckworth is the founder and scientific director of the Character Lab, a nonprofit whose mission is to advance the science and practice of character development. For more information, go online to phoenixacademyomaha.org.

TP Bowl: Outlook Nebraska, a nonprofit organization which assists people who suffer from vision loss, has launched a Toilet Paper Bowl or “TP Bowl” to create a fun way for community members to give back to nonprofits during the days leading up to this year’s Super Bowl. Through Feb. 5, Outlook Nebraska will participate in a competition with four local charities — Omaha Home for Boys, Youth Emergency Services, Open Door Mission and Heartland Family Service — facing off to see who can collect the most toilet paper. To support their favorite Charity Team, “fans” can go online to OutlookTPBowl.org, pick the nonprofit that they want to “win” the Toilet Paper Bowl title, and purchase Outlook Nebraska-produced toilet paper that will be delivered to the competing nonprofits. OutlookTPBowl.org also is accessible via the Facebook pages of the four participating organizations. The organization that receives the most toilet paper donations at the end of the contest will win a cash donation, in addition to the toilet paper that was purchased via OutlookTPBowl.org. Winners of each game will be announced on Feb. 6.

Gifts for kids: The Cozad Volunteer Fire Department delivered gifts to Nebraska Medicine’s pediatric patients on Jan. 27. The department has spent the last four years holding a community soup, sandwich and dessert supper in December to raise money for the effort. Along with a freewill offering, people who attend the supper have the chance to purchase Radio Flyer Wagons or Radio Flyer battery-operated ride-on fire trucks in memory or honor of a loved one. This year, fire department members delivered 13 of the fire trucks along with coloring books, colored pencils and board books for pediatric patients. They also presented Nebraska Medicine’s Child Life department with a check raised from offerings made at the supper.

Volunteer work: More than 44 College Possible staff and AmeriCorps members volunteered with Food Bank for the Heartland by sorting and repacking bulk food items for distribution, and assembling emergency weekend food for children into backpacks on Jan. 27. College Possible is a national nonprofit organization making college admission possible for low-income students through an intensive curriculum of coaching and support.

Blood drives: The American Red Cross needs donors with all blood types for blood donations. Blood drive locations this week include:

Omaha

Monday: 12:30 to 6:30 p.m., Millard Branch Library, 13214 Westwood Lane

Tuesday: 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., CHI Health McAuley Fogelstrom Center, 12809 West Dodge Road; 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., CEC building, 6001 Dodge St.; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., American Family Insurance, 9290 West Dodge Road; 1 to 6 p.m., Creighton School of Dentistry, 2802 Webster St.; 2:30 to 7:30 p.m., Russell Middle School, 5304 S. 172nd St.

Wednesday: 7 a.m. to noon, OPPD Elkhorn, 1101 N. 180th St.; 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., OPPD Energy Plaza, OPPD Energy Plaza, 444 S. 16th St. Mall; 1 to 6:30 p.m., St. James Catholic Church, 9124 Larimore Ave.

Thursday: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Midlands Choice and Senior Market Sales, 8420 West Dodge Road, Suite 210; 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Professional Research Consultants, 11326 P St.

Friday: 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Lamp Rynearson, 14710 W. Dodge Road, Suite 100; Noon to 6 p.m., Cabela’s, 12703 Westport Parkway

Saturday: 7 a.m. to 12 p.m., St Stephen the Martyr Catholic Church, 16701 S. St.

Bellevue

Tuesday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Nebraska Medicine, 2500 Bellevue Medical Center Drive

Wednesday: 12:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., Bellevue Public Library, 1003 Lincoln Road

Friday: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Bellevue West High School, 1501 Thurston Ave.; 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Family Fare Bellevue, 1510 Harlan Drive

La Vista

Thursday: Noon to 6 p.m., LaVista Public Library, 9110 Giles Road

Courtney is the editor of The World-Herald's Good News section, featuring the good and positive stories in our communities that may otherwise go untold.

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