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COMMUNITY CONNECTION

COMMUNITY CONNECTION

GOOD DEEDS

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Following are fundraisers, donations and other charitable events happening in the Midlands. Email your information about good deeds to connect@owh.com or call 402-444-1040.

Thanksgiving fixings:

Minus the turkeys, Woodmen of the World donated 275 grocery sacks filled with all the traditional fixings for Thanksgiving dinner to the Food Bank for the Heartland this month as part of the company's National Community Focus to help fight hunger. Employees worked to fill the sacks. The project was funded by Woodmen of the World's Omaha Chapter 16, Council Bluffs Chapter 6011, the Woodmen of the World Corporate Social Responsibility Committee and Super Saver grocery store in Council Bluffs.

Food collection: Wayne State College students will collect food and other items for the Wayne, Nebraska, food pantry during the annual Cram the Van community collection drive. The drive takes place from noon to 6 p.m. on Wednesday at Shopko and Thursday at Pac N Save.

Secret Samaritans fundraiser:

The Truth Heals will hold a holiday fundraising event from 7 to 9 p.m. on Thursday at the University of Nebraska-Omaha Community Engagement Center, 6401 Dodge St. The event will raise money for a program called Secret Samaritans, which takes single mothers shopping to provide for their children's needs. The event will feature a speaker, testimonials and a raffle.

Art market: The Friends of the International Quilt Study Center and Museum is sponsoring an Art Market fundraiser at the museum on Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Artists and crafters of all kinds will be present. Forty percent of proceeds will benefit the museum, which is located at 33rd and Holdrege Streets in Lincoln.

Super Smash 4 Jack: UNO's Smash Mavs present an all-night gaming event from 7 p.m. on Friday to 8 a.m. Saturday. The event takes place in UNO's Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom, 6001 Dodge St. Bring your own controller. Preregistration is free; registration at the door is $10. All proceeds benefit Jack Moldovan, who is battling cancer. For more information, contact nthorne@unomaha.edu.

Art auction: Art for A New

Start, a charity art auction, will be held Nov. 24 at 6 p.m. at the UNO Community Engagement Center, 6401 Dodge St. Those attending can view the art from 6 to 7 p.m. before the auction begins. There is a $1 bidder fee for those participating. All art is donated, with proceeds benefiting the Siena-Francis House.

Toilet paper: The Siena-Francis House is asking for help from the public as its toilet paper supply runs critically low. Donations will be accepted at the loading dock, 1111 N. 17th St., between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., seven days a week.

Turkey trot: Joslyn Castle Trust will host its fourth annual Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving morning, Nov. 27, at Midtown Crossing. The race begins at Turner Park. Walkers and strollers are welcome, but not pets. Registration is $30 through Nov. 25; it's $35 on race day. All proceeds benefit Joslyn Castle. For more information, call 402-595-2199.

Baby shower: Methodist is hosting its annual NICU baby shower to assist families in their care who may not have had time to prepare for an unexpected premature birth. Onesiesand bottoms — preemie, newborn and 0-3 months — baby board books, receiving blankets and changing pad covers will be accepted through Nov. 30 at Methodist Women's Hospital and Methodist Hospital.

Adopt a family: The Micah House is asking the public to adopt a family for the holidays. The emergency family shelter can match you with a family/individual that best fits your budget. For more information, contact Dianne Rose at 712-323-4416 or drose@themicahhouse.org.

Shine the Light on Hunger:

Omaha Performing Arts, Omaha Symphony, Omaha Community Playhouse, Opera Omaha and Joslyn Art Museum are partnering with ConAgra Foods again this holiday season for ConAgra Foods' Shine the Light on Hunger program. The event features food drives at four venues: the Orpheum Theater, Holland Performing Arts Center, Omaha Community Playhouse and Joslyn Art Museum. Patrons are encouraged to bring canned food and other nonperishable items to each venue when attending any performance through Dec. 31. All donations collected will support the Food Bank for the Heartland.

Coat drive: La Vista's annual Spread the Warmth coat drive is collecting donations through Dec. 31. Coats can be dropped off at the city hall/community center, library, police department, Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church, Faith Presbyterian Church and Harrison Street Baptist Church, all in La Vista.

Pies for heroes: Village Inn is asking the public to nominate local heroes to receive a dozen free pies for the holidays.

Each person can make one nomination at villageinn.com/servingthosewhoserveus through Dec. 31.

Recycle holiday lights:

Scrap Central Inc. is recycling holiday light strands to raise money for Susan G. Komen Nebraska. Through Jan. 20, old holiday lights, in working and nonworking condition, will be collected at 2728 N. 85th St. Collection hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m., and Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. Please remove all packaging, ties, rubber bands, plastic bags and other materials.

Food bank donation: The

Omaha Golden K Kiwanis Club recently donated $6,620 to the Food Bank for the Heartland. Club members also volunteered nearly 590 hours of service to the food bank this year.

Homeowners: Omaha 100 Inc. recently celebrated its 1,000th homeowner. The nonprofit agency also recognized local community members and partners.

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