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Salvation Army, Food Bank collaborate to offer free meals to kids; other charitable events planned

Salvation Army, Food Bank collaborate to offer free meals to kids; other charitable events planned

Fundraisers, benefits and other charitable efforts in the Midlands

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Kids Cruisin’ Kitchen: The Omaha Salvation Army and Food Bank for the Heartland are collaborating again for the Kids Cruisin’ Kitchen program to provide hot, nutritious meals free of charge to kids. Children 18 years of age and under are eligible for the meals. Kids Cruisin’ Kitchen serves lunch at 14 sites in Omaha, Bellevue, Ralston, La Vista, Plattsmouth and Blair from May 30 through Aug. 11 during the weekdays. The goal for 2017 is to provide 50,000 meals. Mutual of Omaha employees are donating more than 1,200 volunteer hours to assist in the distribution of the meals.

Community gardens: Hy-Vee awarded $8,000 to local community organizations and store gardens as part of the Hy-Vee One Step program. The following Omaha groups were each awarded a $1,000 grant: Friends of Extension & 4-H Douglas/Sarpy County Foundation, St. Bernard’s Child Care and School, House of Montessori, Omaha Permaculture and Lutheran Family Services. Hy-Vee in Council Bluffs, Chase’s Child Care Corner in Papillion and Ralston Public Schools also received the grants. Funds will be used to purchase seeds, plants, garden tools and food preservation equipment for community gardens.

Habitat for Humanity’s Home Builders Blitz: Habitat for Humanity of Omaha has partnered with 11 local professional homebuilders and suppliers to build 10 homes for local families from June 7-17 in the Adams Park neighborhood near 30th and Maple Streets. Local professionals and volunteers are providing the labor, funding and material, which include framing and drywall, electric and plumbing, painting and siding. Local support is provided by Build Omaha, JE Dunn Construction, Kiewit, Kitchens Redefined, Lund Ross Constructors, The M Group, McLeay Building Company, McNeil Company Builders, MCL Construction, Project Advocates and The Weitz Company. More than 20 homes will be constructed on adjacent streets in 2018 and 2019.

Helmet Club Bikes for Kids: Members of the Omaha Professional Fire Fighters Association will donate 130 gently used bikes to children at the GI Forum, 2002 N St., on Wednesday. The bikes were donated by the community. The Bike Rack of Omaha stored and serviced the bikes and will provide a new helmet with each bike. A parent or guardian of the child must be present at the giveaway from 5 to 7 p.m.

Local nonprofits donation: The Nebraska Trucking Association donated $12,625 to five local charities last month. Those Nebraska organizations are: Omaha World-Herald Goodfellows, Food Bank of Lincoln and Habitats for Humanity of Grand Island, Hastings and Kearney.

Project Harmony: The Papillion Area Lions Club will host the 16th annual Hops for Harmony at Werner Park in Papillion on Wednesday. The event from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. offers beer tasting and food and serves as a benefit for Project Harmony. Project Harmony of Omaha is a nonprofit that provides immediate and sensitive support services to child abuse victims and their non-offending family members. Tickets are $40 in advance and $50 at the gate. For tickets or more information, go to

American Cancer Society campaign: Chick-fil-A at Market Pointe will participate in the American Cancer Society’s Stick a Fork in Cancer campaign. The Papillion restaurant will donate 15 percent of its proceeds on Wednesday to the campaign. 

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