The following are fundraisers, donations and charitable events happening in the Midlands. Email your information about good deeds to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 402-444-1040.
Sing out loud: The 39th annual Omaha Holiday Caroling Festivities will begin at 2 p.m. Dec. 15 at the Nebraska Skilled Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, 7410 Mercy Road. Through music and companionship, Holiday Caroling gives senior citizens, caregivers and volunteers a special gift. This free event is open to talent of all levels and to community groups of all ages and faiths. To sign up to carol, visit holidaymusicmakingadifference.com. Singers will perform at two additional places before gathering at 4:45 p.m. for a post-caroling party at Godfather's Pizza at Ak-Sar-Ben Village, 2117 S. 67th St. in Omaha.
Support for charities: The banking division of AAA has launched its annual Community Tree campaign to benefit charities that serve low-income individuals and families. Through Dec. 18, AAA visitors can support their favorite charity by placing donations in the assigned collection jars. At the end of the campaign, each organization will receive all donations collected on their behalf, a match up to $100 from AAA and the decorated tree. The facility at 2606 S. 132nd St. features trees supporting the Siena-Francis House and the Stephen Center. The 827 N. 98th St. location features trees supporting the Child Saving Institute, Open Door Mission, Project Wee Care and Goodwill. The facility at 16016 Evans St. has trees supporting Rebuilding Together and Angels Among Us.
Mitten tree: Keene Memorial Library in Fremont, Neb., has a mitten tree for donations of new (purchased or homemade) mittens, hats and scarves. All sizes will be accepted until Dec. 20. The donated items will be given to Care Corps and the Lutheran Family Services' Rupert Dunklau Center for Healthy Families in Fremont.
“Chicks for Orphans”: Lawrence Werth, 9, of O'Neill, Neb., has been in 4-H for four years. One of his 4-H projects is chickens. He saw a story in an adoption flier from Holt International about donating chickens to overseas orphans and their foster families. The chickens and eggs they produce help feed the orphans and provide income for the families, the story said. To honor his sister who was adopted, Lawrence wanted to send his 4-H chickens to the orphans and foster families. His mother, Donna Werth, suggested that he host a fundraiser and send the money to Holt for chickens. “I have set a goal of raising $200 by Christmas,” Lawrence wrote The World-Herald. “If you would like to help me reach my goal and donate to 'Chicks for Orphans,' please make checks payable to Holt International Child Services and mail them to: Lawrence Werth, 1109 Sunset Ave., O'Neill, NE 68763.”
Coat drive: The Omaha Fire Department and Two Men and a Truck have partnered with the Salvation Army for its third annual Winter Warm-Up Coat Drive, which began Tuesday. Donations will be accepted through Jan. 3, 2014, at any Omaha fire station. The public is invited to donate new or gently used outerwear items for residents of Omaha who need them this winter. These new or gently used outerwear items are needed: coats, gloves, mittens, hats, scarves and socks.
Used car seats: Offutt Collision Repair, 10106 S. 15th St. in Bellevue, has a program that has recycled more than 2,250 car seats since its 2011 start. The goal for 2013 is 1,000 car seats, but the shop needs 250 more to reach this goal. Car seat owners can drop off the used seats free from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. Once Offutt Collision Repair dismantles the car seats, they are sent to the Green Geek and Hands of the Heartland. The Green Geek uses the seat belts to create new items such as purses and bags. Hands of the Heartland focuses on supporting individuals with developmental disabilities. Its clients sort the remainder of the plastic and metals into bins, and the plastic and metals are then sold to a recycling shop. The proceeds are used to help continue programs to help employ those with disabilities.
Play ball: A new Louisville, Neb., ballfield is the goal of a fundraising campaign run by the Louisville Ball Parents Association. The Midlands Community Foundation will match new contributions made through Jan. 5, 2014. Donations can be dropped off at the Louisville City Office on Main Street or mailed to Midlands Community Foundation, c/o Louisville Ball Association Fund, 945 N. Adams St., Suite 7, Papillion, NE 68046.
Beer here: Lucky Bucket Brewing Co., 11941 Centennial Road in La Vista, offers motivation to donate to the Food Bank for the Heartland with its Be Good, Get Beer drive. Adults who bring three cans of food or other nonperishable food items to Lucky Bucket's tasting room through the end of December will receive a free Lucky Bucket beer. Limit: one free beer per day.
Music to donate by: Celebrate the holiday season with the Omaha Men's Barbershop, women's Sweet Adelines Choruses and several men's and women's quartets at a free Christmas benefit concert. Donations will be collected for the Salvation Army. The concert will begin at 4 p.m. Dec. 15 at Faith-Westwood United Methodist Church, 4814 Oaks Lane.
Ugly sweaters: The Ugly Sweater Run invites the public to celebrate the holidays by participating in the “Ugliest 5K on the Planet.” Runners, walkers, children and four-legged friends will gather Dec. 15 at the CenturyLink Center. Participants are encouraged to wear ugly sweaters for the 3.1-mile course. After crossing the finish line, participants will enter the post-run festival area. Participants are encouraged to bring a new toy to donate to Toys for Tots. Register at theuglysweaterrun.com.