Health donation – Tifton Is On http://www.tiftonison.com/ Thu, 06 Jan 2022 05:47:54 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.8 https://www.tiftonison.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/cropped-icon-32x32.png Health donation – Tifton Is On http://www.tiftonison.com/ 32 32 Apple and RED Product Partnership to Donate Half of Proceeds to Fight COVID-19 Outbreak in Africa https://www.tiftonison.com/apple-and-red-product-partnership-to-donate-half-of-proceeds-to-fight-covid-19-outbreak-in-africa/ Thu, 06 Jan 2022 05:20:00 +0000 https://www.tiftonison.com/apple-and-red-product-partnership-to-donate-half-of-proceeds-to-fight-covid-19-outbreak-in-africa/

Apple and RED Product’s partnership is now donating half of its revenue for the year 2022 to help fight the current COVID-19 epidemic in sub-Saharan Africa.

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Lead singer of Irish rock band U2 Bono holds the iPhone “Red” during a panel session at the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF) on January 23, 2019 in Davos, eastern Switzerland .

Apple and RED Product Partnership to donate to fight COVID-19

According to the Apple Insider article, from today until December 31, 2022, 50% of the proceeds from Apple (Product) RED sales will now be donated to the Global Fund, which helps sub-Saharan Africa to fight the raging COVID-19 epidemic.

According to the Global Fund’s website, its COVID-19 response mechanism is supporting countries in their fight to stop the ongoing outbreak of the novel coronavirus.

He further noted that the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic is affecting programs that seek to tackle other health issues such as HIV, malaria and tuberculosis. Thus, the Global Fund is extending a helping hand to “mitigate the impact of COVID-19”.

On April 15, 2020, Apple also donated some of its red product sales to the COVID-19 Relief Fund, along with its donations to fight both HIV and AIDS.

Previously, from July 1 to December 30, 2021, all proceeds from Product Red sales were allocated to the Global Fund’s COVID-19 response.

This time around, however, for the year 2022, Apple Red products will now donate half of their revenue as part of the expansion.

Also read: Apple 911: Apple Watch’s New ‘Life Saver’ Ad Is Something That Will Make You Want To Own The Cellphone

Apple and RED product: 15 years

According to the 9to5Mac report, Apple recently commemorated the 15th anniversary of its partnership with the AIDS Awareness Organization (RED).

Apple offers FREE two-hour delivery when retail stores close due to COVID-19

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SINGAPORE, SINGAPORE – SEPTEMBER 24: An Apple logo is reflected on the glass of the Apple Store in Orchard Road on September 24, 2021 in Singapore. Apple announced on September 14 the release of four variants of its latest iPhone 13, along with other product line upgrades.

Now the Cupertino giant has released a video to showcase the achievements of the partnership between the two, in the flesh of the Product Red range, which includes various Apple products, such as the iPhone, Apple Watch, Beats headphones, among other accessories for its devices. .

Apple and Red’s partnership has already raised $ 270 million for the Global Fund from its inception 15 years ago until today.

The video also revealed that their partnership has also reached out to fight the ongoing pandemic by providing free tests and treatment in Africa.

In addition to that, he also funded the protective equipment of some places which have been severely affected by the virus.

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Health brief 01.04.22 | Life https://www.tiftonison.com/health-brief-01-04-22-life/ Tue, 04 Jan 2022 05:00:00 +0000 https://www.tiftonison.com/health-brief-01-04-22-life/

SGHS holds pinning ceremony

Local residents Reg and Diana Murphy recently presented a $ 50,000 grant to the Southeast Georgia Health System Foundation to establish the MaeLil Scholars program for registered nurses seeking certifications specializing in nursing environments. difficult and high intensity practice in a hospital setting.

On December 21, the healthcare system hosted its first MaeLil Fellowship Pinning Ceremony to recognize Melissa M. Hirsch, BSN, RN, CCRN and Ethan A. Harper, BSN, RN, CCRN, for achieving the certifications of RN in critical care through the American Association. intensive care nurses.

In the photo, Diana Mather Murphy, from left to right; Ethan A. Harper, BSN, IA, CCRN; Melissa M. Hirsch, BSN, IA, CCRN; and Reg Murphy.

Parkinson’s support group meeting postponed

Due to the growing number of COVID-19 cases, the Parkinson’s support group meeting scheduled for January 6 has been postponed. It will now take place on February 3. For more information, email Tilman Blakely at ttbdogstyle@yahoo.com.

Blood drive scheduled for January 21

Southeast Georgia Health System will partner with the American Red Cross to host a community blood drive from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Jan. 21 at the Kemble Boardroom, 3011 Kemble Ave., Brunswick. It is adjacent to Brunswick Hospital. Social distancing protocols will be put in place and masks will be mandatory.

The health care system encourages eligible and feeling healthy people, including people who have been vaccinated against COVID-19, to donate blood. All donated blood is tested for the COVID-19 antibody.

Donors are asked to visit RedCrossBlood.org and enter “sghsys” to make an appointment, or call 800-RED-CROSS (800-733-2767).

Donors can save up to 15 minutes collecting blood by reading and completing the Pre-Donation Medical History Questionnaire RapidPass®. To complete a RapidPass®, follow the instructions on RedCrossBlood.org/RapidPass or use the Red Cross Blood Donor App.

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Rose parade blooms again on New Years Day despite COVID-19-Xinhua https://www.tiftonison.com/rose-parade-blooms-again-on-new-years-day-despite-covid-19-xinhua/ Sun, 02 Jan 2022 06:38:00 +0000 https://www.tiftonison.com/rose-parade-blooms-again-on-new-years-day-despite-covid-19-xinhua/

People attend the 133rd Rose Parade along Colorado Boulevard in Pasadena, the United States, Jan. 1, 2022. (Str / Xinhua)

by Julia Pierrepont III

PASADENA, United States, Jan.1 (Xinhua) – Pasadena was awash in color this Saturday as the beloved Rose Parade, the most famous annual New Years celebration event in the Los Angeles metro area, came back in full bloom.

After its COVID-19-induced cancellation in 2021 for the first time since World War II, Pasadena’s Colorado Boulevard, the city’s main thoroughfare and a segment of former US Route 66, was once again filled with tanks whimsical and colorful adorned with flowers, petals and seeds, the lively marching bands and fiery horsemen for which he is so aptly famous.

Despite the surge in infections fueled by the much more contagious Omicron variant, the 133rd parade continued.

Up to 20 marching bands, 18 equestrian units and dozens of floats took part in Saturday’s event. However, they drew a much smaller in-person crowd than usual, and a quarter or more of spectators were not wearing masks in the stands and crowded sidewalks.

The parade kicked off the New Year at 8:00 a.m. local time with star Trek star Next Gen actor LeVar Burton as Grand Marshall. Twitter came alive with fans chanting his praises throughout the procession. An original song, “Throw my Arms Around the World,” written and sung by multiple Grammy award-winning LeAnn Rimes, set the festive and uplifting tone for the remainder of the nationally televised event.

Looking crisp in his long cream-colored coat, Burton greeted live onlookers and viewers at the Rose Parade, saying that the theme of the Parade this year, “Dream, Believe, Succeed” was “a testament to the trust and dedication from our first responders and healthcare workers and all of you who watch what you do today. “

Chuck Hamil, a California resident who hasn’t missed the Rose Parade for the past 20 years, enjoyed it again on the sidelines this year wearing a mask.

“I’m so glad he’s back,” he told Xinhua. “It marks the New Year with hope, color and family fun.”

Nature lovers also got to enjoy a herd of faux feather and fur floats, including the San Diego Zoo Alliance float celebrating nature and the dedication of animal rescue organizations; the Sierra Madre “Nature’s Classroom” chariot, with its magnificent giant toucans with yellow and orange beaks perched in a magnificent tropical forest full of flowers.

It was interesting to note that there were many other health focused floats featured this year such as the Donate Life float to raise awareness of the life saving results of organ donation. Final element

People attend the 133rd Rose Parade along Colorado Boulevard in Pasadena, the United States, Jan. 1, 2022. (Str / Xinhua)

A float moves along Colorado Boulevard during the 133rd Rose Parade in Pasadena, the United States, Jan. 1, 2022. (Str / Xinhua)

Queen of Roses Nadia Chung and her princesses are seen riding a float during the 133rd Rose Parade in Pasadena, the United States, Jan. 1, 2022. (Str / Xinhua)

People attend the 133rd Rose Parade along Colorado Boulevard in Pasadena, the United States, Jan. 1, 2022. (Str / Xinhua)

A float moves along Colorado Boulevard during the 133rd Rose Parade in Pasadena, the United States, Jan. 1, 2022. (Str / Xinhua)

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Happy Holidays from Streking the Lawn https://www.tiftonison.com/happy-holidays-from-streking-the-lawn/ Fri, 31 Dec 2021 15:02:00 +0000 https://www.tiftonison.com/happy-holidays-from-streking-the-lawn/

from all the staff at Streaking the Lawn!

We created it!

On the last day of 2021, I have the honor of writing my favorite article of the year. One where we take all of the profits we’ve earned during the year from advertising dollars and affiliate income, and donate them to a charity of interest to the local UVA and Charlottesville communities.

In the spirit of the holidays, Scratch the lawn donated to Child health partnership.

Child Health Partnership works with families to create supportive family environments, promoting the health and well-being of children in the Charlottesville area community. They started in 1991 providing community nursing services in what is now known as the Blue Ridge Health District in the Virginia Department of Health in 1991. They became an independent nonprofit in 2008 as Jefferson Area Children’s Health Improvement Program (CHIP), renamed the Child Health Partnership in 2019.

They deliver food and learning kits to families; they provide prenatal and postpartum resources to mothers; they work with refugee families, pregnant or parenting teens, and more. Their work with families increases immunization rates, parental employment, childcare rates, current health assessment rates, and more. Almost 90% of the money they raise is reinvested in program services.

Our whole team here at Scratch the lawn has full-time jobs elsewhere, whether as a full-time student or in the real world, and we write on this site because it’s inherently rewarding, and it saves our friends and family the trouble of ‘have to hear all thought we have on UVA. Some of us have been doing this for over a decade. We can do this because of you, dear reader, and your support.

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Past recipients of our annual donation are: Special Olympics of Virginia (2010), The Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Virginia (2011), Cavaliers Against Cancer (2012), the oncology center at UVA Children’s Hospital (2013) , Blue Ridge Area Food Bank (2014) and Sexual Assault Resource Agency (2015), Chris Long Foundation’s Waterboys (2016), Heal Charlottesville Fund (2017), UVA Children’s Hospital (2018), UVA Football’s Thursday’s Heroes (2019) and UVA Health’s COVID -19 Support Fund (2020).

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On the way to a wonderful 2022!

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Indiana hunters gave enough venison for 2 million meals https://www.tiftonison.com/indiana-hunters-gave-enough-venison-for-2-million-meals/ Thu, 30 Dec 2021 00:58:17 +0000 https://www.tiftonison.com/indiana-hunters-gave-enough-venison-for-2-million-meals/

By SARAH BOWMAN – The Star of Indianapolis

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – When Debra Treesh’s children moved in, she and her husband didn’t need that much venison, but they didn’t know what to do with the leftovers. It was then that she contacted a local food bank.

“And they went crazy,” said Treesh, who owns a small butcher’s shop with her husband in northwest Indiana. “They said they don’t get a lot of meat donations and that’s one of the most important things.”

This gave birth to an idea: Could hunters donate some of their deer to help feed hungry individuals in Indiana? And that’s how it started. What started out as a one-off donation has since turned into a passionate project.

She officially launched her nonprofit, Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry, in 2011, making this its 10th anniversary. Treesh’s group is now working with nearly 85 meat processors and 500 hunger relief organizations statewide to help deer meat provided by hunters get to those in need. In total, they gave enough game to provide millions of meals.

His organization is not the only one to have this mission; he’s teaming up with a hunting club in southwest Indiana to do the same. A state department of natural resources program also provides grants to these groups and processors to help cover the cost of making the deer edible and suitable for donation.

“We’re all going through tough times and someone wants to help us,” said Captain Jet Quillen, who is part of the DNR’s law enforcement division and manages the Sportsmen Benevolence Fund which provides the grants. “Whether it’s hunters or a state law enforcement agency, someone is there for them. “

Since Treesh started her group, she estimates they’ve been able to donate around 500,000 pounds of venison. Each pound can provide about four meals, she said, which means they’ve provided nearly two million meals in the past decade.

Their partner group, Hunters for the Hungry of Dubois County Sportsmen’s Club, donated around 72,000 pounds of venison. That equates to a quarter of a million meals, according to Gene Kuntz, who leads the group in four counties in southern Indiana.

It’s no small feat for either group, Treesh said.

“When I look at the numbers, it’s hard to believe I said two million deer meals. It’s a lot, ”she said. “But also, unfortunately, it doesn’t even scratch the surface, especially during times of COVID.”

In Indiana, nearly 850,000 people face hunger and more than a quarter of them are children, according to Feeding America, the country’s largest anti-hunger group. That equates to one in eight people in the state experiencing food insecurity – and that was in 2019.

Across the country, and including here in Indiana, the coronavirus has caused new food insecurity in millions of Americans. Feeding America projections showed that the rate of food insecurity was increasing in every county in Indiana in 2020 and 2021.

“There are a lot of unemployed people and COVID has hurt a lot of people,” Kuntz said. “They focus on keeping the lights on” and the food becomes an afterthought.

Not only that, but labor shortages and a sluggish supply chain are driving up the price of meat. Treesh recalled a recent grocery trip when she saw it cost $ 6.99 for a pound of ground beef, the cheapest meat.

“I can see why people can’t afford to buy meat,” Treesh said. “It’s expensive.”

And local food banks and nonprofits are also seeing fewer donations, which can be attributed to the pandemic, DNR’s Quillen said. But there is another thing that came out of the pandemic, he added: People are spending more time outdoors.

The agency saw record use of state property and even more licensed hunters and fishermen. It’s an opportunity to help more people, he said.

“There are a lot of new hunters and fishermen,” Quillen said, “and we need to educate these new people and let them know that this program is available.”

The process is straightforward.

Treesh recommends that deer hunters first check the list of licensed processors to find out where they can get it, and then check with that butcher to make sure they are available to take it.

Only processors and butchers certified as food safety by the Animal Health Council and MNR can be used for this program.

Then all the hunter has to do is go hunting, legally take a deer, train it in the field, and drop it off at the processor.

“I am a deer hunter myself and a lot of hunters would like to go out and harvest more deer, but they can only eat one and then they are done,” Kuntz said. “But now we have a program where the hunters can go out and take one or two more deer and donate it to feed the hungry. “

Butchers turn all deer meat into minced venison, which gets the most out of it and is the most versatile for families. The processor then contacts different food banks and pantries in his area to let them know that they have venison available, and that organization will come and pick it up.

They will also contact Treesh or Kuntz’s group to cover the cost of the treatment.

The cost of treating a deer is usually between $ 100 and $ 150, although they sometimes give groups a deal for around $ 75. Groups will receive donation funds in their communities, but they can also apply for grants from the DNR Athletes’ Charity Fund. These subsidies help pay processors to cover their costs.

“We are the law enforcement division of MNR and want to serve our public and the citizens of Indiana, and this is just another way to give back,” Quillen said. “It really is a partnership between all of us, which aims to give back to those in need.”

Still, Quillen said he was surprised to learn that not many people are familiar with the program. That’s why their main goal is to expand it and get the word out.

The number of donated deer peaked about five years ago at just over 1,000 deer, Treesh said, but has declined in recent years. Treesh, Quillen, and Kuntz would all love to see this trend reversed as more and more people come out.

These groups try to do this in different ways, and the one Treesh started is called “give five”. While some hunters may not be able to donate a whole deer, which typically weighs around 50 pounds, Transformers will ask if the hunter is willing to donate five pounds when they bring their deer back.

“We can all donate five pounds,” Treesh said, “because what is five pounds? “

Treesh also asks anyone who is familiar with the program to tell two other people about it, even if they are not hunters. Those who don’t hunt can always donate to the Sportsmen Benevolence Fund or Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry to help cover the costs of treatment. Quillen said he believed many other hunters and individuals would participate, if only they knew about the program.

Kuntz said his group has also started giving giveaways in recent years to encourage more hunters to donate. With a portion of the funds donated to Hunters for the Hungry, the group buys a shotgun, and then anyone who donates a deer gets a raffle entry for the weapon.

“I think it really helped a lot because people are saying they can help people and have a chance to win the prize,” Kuntz said.

Kuntz said he tries to donate at least one deer every year, but last year he got someone new as well. Her 14-year-old grandson took his first deer last year and their family did not need meat. Kuntz said he explained the program to her and his grandson immediately said he wanted to “give this to feed the people.”

“It made a full circle feel on him that not only can I, as a grandfather, take him hunting, but we can donate this deer to help feed the hungry,” Kuntz said. His grandson hopes he can do the same this year, and Kuntz hopes to see more young people involved in the effort.

Indiana shotgun hunting season kicked off just a few weeks ago and donations are coming. But they will always take more, Kuntz said.

“When you consider all that we have done,” he said, “it is a testament to what we are doing and also that the need is still there.”

If you would like to get involved, you can find more information online about the Sportsmen Benevolence Fund at www.in.gov/dnr/law-enforcement/sportsmens-benevolence-fund/. There they also have information on how to contact Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry and the Dubois County Sports Club.

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Source: The Indianapolis Star

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Donation equips school bus fleet with tourniquets | The star https://www.tiftonison.com/donation-equips-school-bus-fleet-with-tourniquets-the-star/ Tue, 28 Dec 2021 05:00:00 +0000 https://www.tiftonison.com/donation-equips-school-bus-fleet-with-tourniquets-the-star/

WATERLOO – Lutheran Health Network has donated $ 500 of tourniquets to DeKalb Central School District, ensuring that the entire district bus fleet will have a tourniquet on board.

District Safety Director Austin Harrison explained that during this school year all bus drivers in the district received Stop the Bleed training, the tourniquet-based program recommended by the Department of Indiana Education.

Harrison noted that five people in each of the district’s school buildings are also trained in Stop the Bleed.

As a member of the district safety team, Director of Transportation Renee Dawson realized the role bus drivers could play in situations where a student could be injured, Harrison said.

Working with the Auburn Fire Department, bus drivers learned how to apply a tourniquet and when it would be appropriate to use it.

“Basically it can be something that can save a limb but also save a life,” Harrison said.

Dawson noted that if a bus driver had an accident in a rural area, it might take a while to get help. Additionally, if a driver were to be the victim of an accident involving serious injury, having the equipment and training could help in a situation where bleeding could cost a limb or life, Dawson added.

The Lutheran Health Network donation means the district has been able to obtain more than 80 tourniquets. This means the entire bus fleet has a tourniquet on board, in addition to being able to strategically place other tourniquets in other buildings in the district, Harrison said.

“We are very fortunate to have an ongoing partner with the Lutheran Helath Network,” said Harrison.

“This is definitely training and equipment that we hope we never have to use, but if we ever do, just think about the difference that could make a situation where your response could have been later,” Dawson added.

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“Exceptional Sidekick” wins donation to support students and dogs https://www.tiftonison.com/exceptional-sidekick-wins-donation-to-support-students-and-dogs/ Sun, 26 Dec 2021 13:04:27 +0000 https://www.tiftonison.com/exceptional-sidekick-wins-donation-to-support-students-and-dogs/

Posted: Dec 26, 2018 2021 08:00

Abby Hill, owner of Exceptional Sidekick Service & Therapy Dogs, recently announced that the nonprofit has received a substantial donation from OLLY that will expand its efforts.

Along with the donation, The Exceptional Sidekick Service & Therapy Dogs partnered with OLLY, a San Francisco-based company that focuses on nutrition and good health as the foundation for happiness. More information about OLLY and its products is available on its website, olly.com.

When you share the news with The Newtown Bee recently Hill shared that his organization was introduced to OLLY by The Dogist founder Elias Weiss Friedman. The Dogist, according to a statement from The Exceptional Sidekick Service & Therapy Dogs, is a dog-focused social media influencer and content provider. He recently presented The Exceptional Sidekick Service & Therapy Dogs.

The Exceptional Sidekick provides psychiatric service dogs for adolescents and young adults with disabilities, ages 12-22, diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other brain health issues that interrupt their education and training. ability to lead a typical and / or fully functional lifestyle. , according to the press release.

Hill explained that The Dogist works with OLLY to support nonprofits that support adolescent mental health with animals.

OLLY not only donates $ 25,000 to The Exceptional Sidekick Service & Therapy Dogs, but also offers a portion of its sales on its website to the nonprofit association upon payment.

Hill said the financial support will go in part to fund a dream of a therapeutic school for students. Many of the nonprofit organization’s clients find it difficult in a typical school setting.

Once they partner with a dog, Hill said some schools don’t support the dog. Thus, she wants to create a school setting with a teacher specializing in special education to offer an alternative to the school day for the students.

Hill said she is considering the school to be in Newtown.

“We’re now starting corporate fundraising before asking the public for help,” Hill said.

Companies interested in supporting the creation of the facility can contact Hill at info@exceptionalsidekick.org.

Other ways Hill said the OLLY funds will be used include supporting ongoing expansion efforts, such as an in-house assistance dog breeding program.

The OLLY partnership also includes a partnership with the JED Foundation, according to the press release, and this partnership “will allow [The Exceptional Sidekick Service & Therapy Dogs] to further strengthen its commitment to young adults in crisis in Connecticut. “

The JED Foundation is an organization dedicated to emotional health and suicide prevention among adolescents and young adults, the statement said.

Hill said his organization, like other nonprofits, relies on grants and donations.

According to the statement, after it was founded in Newtown after the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy, the organization has continually witnessed the debilitating long-term effects of PTSD and other brain health damage and concerns that so many suffer from. of adolescents and young adults across America. from.

Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, the organization has seen a dramatic upward trend in the number of students suffering from school avoidance and refusal, and varying degrees of anxiety and panic often make it even impossible to leave their home.

“We are grateful for the support from The Dogist who will bring greater awareness to our mission, and delighted to announce our partnership with OLLY,” said Hill. “This generous donation will allow us to grow our organization in many ways. Our goal is to establish an assistance dog breeding program and to further support our dog handlers by providing an academic option for those who would otherwise not be able to attend a traditional school in the future.

For more information on The Exceptional Sidekick Service Dogs and how to support the organization, visit exceptionalidekick.org.

Educational journalist Eliza Hallabeck can be contacted at eliza@thebee.com.

Etta, with The Exceptional Sidekick Service & Therapy Dogs, poses in front of a festive tree. —Photo courtesy of Abby Hill

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Church’s Major Christmas Gift Serves Homeless Population of Bismarck | https://www.tiftonison.com/churchs-major-christmas-gift-serves-homeless-population-of-bismarck/ Fri, 24 Dec 2021 12:00:00 +0000 https://www.tiftonison.com/churchs-major-christmas-gift-serves-homeless-population-of-bismarck/

This holiday season marks the 13th year that a church in Bismarck has encouraged members of its congregation to donate half of their Christmas gift budget to support homeless services in the Bismarck-Mandan area.

Legacy United Methodist’s goal of donating $ 40,000 comes at a time when organizations working with the homeless describe a multitude of needs as they seek to build a permanent shelter in Bismarck, improve services and address the challenges posed by the coronavirus pandemic.

The church calls its initiative “Half Christmas”. Reverend Brandon Vetter said it has grown over the years and is a hit with families.

“They appreciate having a different focus on Christmas,” he said. “They have this tool to remind themselves and their children that Christmas is not everything for them.”

Legacy modeled Half-a-Christmas after a similar effort started by an Ohio pastor. When Vetter’s predecessor first announced the initiative to Legacy, he told the congregation he hoped to raise an ambitious $ 25,000 in the first year.

“The ushers in the back were like, ‘Did he hit his head? “” Vetter recalls.

Church members rose to the challenge by donating $ 27,000.

“It’s been a tradition ever since,” Vetter said.

Needs of the homeless

This year’s donations will go to Missouri Slope Areawide United Way and the Missouri Valley Coalition for Homeless People.

United Way is working on building a permanent shelter for the homeless through a partnership with CommunityWorks.

The space he now uses in southern Bismarck is small and a temporary solution, said executive director Jena Gullo. The facility houses 50 to 55 people per night and does not allow adequate social distancing amid the pandemic, she said. United Way began operating the site after the city’s previous refuge, the Ruth Meiers Hospitality House, closed in 2017.

Many people served by United Way have health conditions that put them at high risk for complications from COVID-19. Some are staying in hotels, where they don’t have 24/7 access to the types of assistance they might need, Gullo said.

For example, a social worker recently visited a hotel room where a woman was looking after her grandchild. The worker realized that the woman was in the process of drug withdrawal. United Way brought her and the child back to the shelter, the best option given the circumstances, even if the facility is not geared towards families, Gullo said.

United Way aims to raise $ 3.6 million for a new shelter that can offer a wider range of services.

“When people come in we want to help restore their dignity, give them that sense of hope and the tools they need to be independent again,” said Gullo. “People come to us as their last option. “

The Bismarck-Mandan community is great for buying Christmas gifts to give to families in need during the holiday season, said Mark Heinert, president of the Missouri Valley Coalition for Homeless People. Meanwhile, the organizations that make up the coalition and that provide services to some of the same people who receive these gifts still have expenses to pay.

“Simple things like (the Legacy donation) can help pay the electricity bill at the homeless shelter,” Heinert said.

Winter poses challenges, as those served at the shelter might be less willing to walk through the freezing cold to a soup kitchen for a meal, Gullo said. Their food options aren’t great at the shelter, where only one burner works on the stovetop.

Vetter said Half-a-Christmas’s donation is unconditional. Legacy trusts organizations to use it however they see fit.

It has been helpful for the coalition, said Heinert. Last year, the funds the coalition received were used to develop a statewide homelessness management database, needed to bring federal dollars to support services in Dakota. North.

The database helps guide organizations so they know which populations need more help, such as ex-combatants, young people, families or those facing domestic violence or mental health issues, Heinert said.

The coalition’s ability to shoulder a larger share of the cost of this database meant that individual organizations serving the homeless did not need to spend as much money on it.

“It kept dollars in direct care,” he said.

Heinert and Gullo’s gratitude to Legacy was evident when the two met Vetter one recent morning.

“Thanks for starting over,” Gullo told Vetter. “It’s a lifeline.”

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Caedmon College Whitby students donate generously to Foodbank4Whitby https://www.tiftonison.com/caedmon-college-whitby-students-donate-generously-to-foodbank4whitby/ Wed, 22 Dec 2021 11:44:00 +0000 https://www.tiftonison.com/caedmon-college-whitby-students-donate-generously-to-foodbank4whitby/

The school has been holding a Christmas drive for several years and four years ago started a collegiate initiative to support Foodbank4Whitby.

Jane Gordon, Health and Social Services Teacher and Director of Learning at Key Stage Four, said: “We decided to start a Whole College initiative that involved taking care of our own community.

“To this end, we ask students to contribute with one food item or to make a small donation of a minimum of 50 pence.

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Caedmon College Whitby students with their donations for Foodbank4Whitby.

“We set the target at 1,000 items.

“Many students go above and beyond and the three students involved in the delivery, Erin McCarthy, Charlotte Crossland and Erin McBurney, all contributed a large number of donations and also coordinated and organized the fundraising event.

“This culminated in the wonderful donation of 1,721 items and £ 76 in monetary donations to help boost stock levels after Christmas.

“Erin McCarthy lives in Staithes and the Staithes and Hinderwell Foodbank has also benefited from the fundraiser, with donations of food, toiletries and party packs to help her local community even more.

“Erin volunteered not only as a health and social care student, but also as part of her volunteer work for her Silver Duke of Edinburgh Award.”

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The holiday season can be filled with joy and happiness, but for those who are struggling financially or otherwise, that same season can be difficult. But across the country, members of the American Legion family have stepped up or will step up to help others less fortunate.

Whether it’s providing Christmas Day, collecting and giving gifts to families in need, or teaming up with Toys for Tots in distribution efforts, members of the Legion Family have once again showed their commitment to the community.

This engagement is on display in Missouri, where Tirey J. Ford Post 21 in Independence led an effort to adopt the 442nd Fighter Wing at Whiteman Air Force Base for Christmas. The community effort was initiated by 21 Post Warrant Officer Tom Tanner, who coordinated the project with the 442nd. On December 3, the Post 21 legionaries delivered clothes, toys, 15 new bikes and $ 6,970 in gift cards to the 442nd Airman. The station began collecting items in October and received donations from the Independence Police Department, American Legion Cavaliers Chapter 21, Auxiliary Unit 21, American Legion Station 189, United Health Care, NAPA and Car Santa, Blue Springs Fitness Center, 6th District of The American Legion Department of Missouri, John W. Luff Elementary School, East Side Baptist Church, USDA and several other private donors.

442 Wing recently returned from Afghanistan and some of the airmen returned to find they were out of civilian jobs due to the pandemic.

The holiday spirit was also present in Indiana, where American Legion Riders Chapter 341 once again provided Christmas presents to foster children with Choices Coordinated Care Solutions. The chapter raised enough money to give gifts to 46 children, up from 33 in 2020.

On its Facebook page, Chapter 341 posted photos and thanked everyone who made this effort possible, writing, “Seeing smiles on children’s faces is why we do what we do. God bless everyone who helped on any part of this trip. You made a real difference today!

And in Georgia, the generosity of American Legion Post 86 will make a difference in the lives of children whose families are in need this holiday season. The Post donated $ 12,684 to the Polk County Sheriff’s Toy Express program. The amount was almost double what Post 86 normally gives; The Post’s 86 members donated and sold barbecue plates to raise funds.

The Polk County Sheriff’s Office Toy Express program provides toys and clothing to Polk County children this Christmas through donations from local businesses and individuals. Almost 300 children are enrolled in this year’s program.

Here are some more examples of the American Legion family helping others during the holiday season. Don’t forget to share how your Legion station, unit, squadron or cavalry has helped others at www.legiontown.org.

Arizona

In Safford, Swift-Murphy American Legion Post 32 hosted a Christmas party that included stocking decorating, cookie decorating, a coloring contest, face painting, temporary tattoos, and a visit from Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus. Each child received a gift, which came via a toy donation of two trucks by the FFF Clubhouse in the mail.

Alley-White American Legion Post 52 at Mountain Home hosted a Christmas shopping event for veterans registered with the Department of Veterans Affairs or living in nursing homes, as well as people with disabilities considered living in a household low income. The event was free.

Arkansas

The Arkansas American Legion Auxiliary and the Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System have partnered to operate a 2021 Christmas Gift Shop for the facility’s patients to provide gifts to loved ones at no cost to the veteran.

VA inpatients were given forms for selecting gifts and listing family members. Gifts were selected by Auxiliary Members of the American Legion, wrapped and mailed.

Florida

In Gainesville, American Legion Unit 16 hosted its eighth annual Blessing Bucket Giveaway for Veterans in Transition. The unit provided a hot meal, haircut, clothing and Christmas stocking to 20 veterans.

Illinois

· Robert E. Coulter Jr. Post 1941 at La Grange teamed up with Toys for Tots and the Salvation Army to host a Toy and Coats Drive-Through Week. The Post also donated $ 1,000 to Toys for Tots.

· American Legion Post 794 in East Alton donated $ 2,000 to operations at the USO Center at Lambert Airport in St. Louis to support service members who may return home for vacation this year.

Indiana

In Kokomo, American Legion Post 6 donated to Toys for Tots for what is believed to be at least the 15th year in a row. “It makes us feel good,” Station 6 legionary Jerry Mitchell told the Kokomo Tribune. “That’s what we’re here for, it’s to help the community. The station also hosts an annual “Christmas Wrap” at the Northern Indiana VA health care system in Marion, providing more than 600 gifts to VA patients and their families.

· American Legion Post 49 in Warsaw donated $ 1,000 to Toys for Tots.

Kentucky

· In London, the Mart Gentry Post 16 held its annual Christmas party, providing gifts and dinner to around 20 children. Santa Claus also made an appearance at the party.

· In Allen, the American Legion Post 283 delivered 50 gifts to children in need at Allen Elementary School.

Maine

In Vassalboro, American Legion Post 126 filled and donated 160 Christmas stockings to veterans at Togus VA Medical Center. The stockings were made by the ladies of Sew for a Cause at the St. Bridget Center in North Vassalboro.

Massachusetts

· In Gloucester, Captain Lester S. Wass Post 3 is once again delivering free Christmas ham dinners to the communities of Gloucester, Rockport, Manchester, Essex, Ipswich and Hamilton. Meals will be delivered on Christmas Day to veterans and their families, seniors and other residents of the area. The post delivered more than 600 Thanksgiving dinners earlier this year.

· In North Adams, Frank R. Stiles American Legion Post 125 is hosting their annual “Be Our Guest” Christmas Dinner for the 66th year for veterans and community members. The Post also offers delivery and take-out meals, which consist of turkey soup, ham, potatoes, vegetables, a bun and dessert. “With COVID, we couldn’t keep up with this last year,” Post 125 Commander Mitchell Keil told iberkshires.com. “We’re so excited to be able to bring him back. It’s an event we’ve always really enjoyed. We’re veterans, and it’s important for us to look out for each other and each other in the community. ‘ve been doing it for a long time, and we don’t want anyone to miss out on Christmas. ”

Michigan

· In Howell, the American Legion Devereaux Post 141 will be delivering meals on Christmas Day for the Senior Nutrition Department, Meals on Wheels and other closures throughout Livingston County. After deliveries, the post office holds a free traditional Christmas dinner for anyone who wishes to attend.

· American Legion Auxiliary Unit 3 in Sault Ste. Marie delivered gift baskets to veterans at local assisted living facilities and long-term care centers in the area. Items in the baskets included personal hygiene products, slippers, activity books, magazines, snacks and more.

Minnesota

In Nisswa, Billie Brown Post 627 hosted their annual Christmas party for children 10 and under. The party included reading “The Polar Express,” an appearance by Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus, who handed out Christmas stockings; and ice cream.

Missouri

In Jefferson City, the American Legion family of Post 5 collected and delivered more than 120 gift bags to veterans in care facilities in the area. The bags were filled with pudding, crackers, cookies, candy, shampoo, conditioner, shower gel, socks, blankets, American flags and Christmas cards.

Post 5 also delivered gift baskets to veterans who live independently in Heisinger Bluffs in Jefferson City to share.

New York

· In Adams, volunteers gathered at Don Rounds Post 586 to pack over 400 bags of food and other items for the Sixtown Chamber Senior Citizens Dinner. The bags – which contain a turkey dinner, a card and ornament, and a cookie – were delivered on December 5 to elderly people in lockdown.

· In Mechanicville, the American Legion Auxiliary Unit 91 issued 32 $ 50 gift cards to the Mechanicville, Inc. area community service center for the unit’s Adopt-a-Family program in 2021 at Christmas.

North Carolina

· In Wilmington, the American Legion Post 10 hosted the second annual free Christmas shop that gave families new and lightly used toys, as well as gifts children could give to their parents. Community members and local businesses donated the items.

· In Concord, the annual Toys for Tots distribution normally takes place at a local church. But with the church being renovated, American Legion Post 51 has offered its facility for distribution. Members of the American Legion Riders and Sons of The American Legion squadron joined with volunteers from the Marine Corps League to help organize the toy and distribution process. About 350 families signed up to receive toys through the distribution.

Ohio

· In Lima, Sons of The American Legion Squadron 96 hosted a Christmas party for local children that included a visit from Santa, pizza, snacks and gifts.

· In Steubenville, the American Legion Auxiliary Unit 33 provided gift cards and a turkey to needy veterans and their families. “A large part of my family is made up of veterans,” Unit 33 president Cindy Longwell told the OMCV. “I have two grandsons in the military and see them smile when we hand them their presents that they don’t know they are going to. It’s really amazing.”

Oklahoma

· In Marietta, the American Legion Auxiliary Unit 136 celebrated Christmas on December 9 with residents of the Ardmore Veterans’ Center. Unit 136 provides toiletries and other items in gift bags decorated by local school art classes.

· In Tulsa, the American Legion Post 308 raised $ 1,605 for Toys for Tots.

Pennsylvania

In Hanover Township, Sons of The American Legion Squadron 609 donated $ 500 to Valley Santa to purchase Christmas gifts for children in need in Luzerne County.

Washington

In Burlington, the American Legion Auxiliary Unit 91 hosted a drive-thru giveaway that included an appearance of Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus. The gifts were given to nearly 30 families with children from the local Head Start preschool program.

“We know there is a need within this group,” Auxiliary Unit 91 president Lynn Handy told goskagit.com. “We are looking for people in need. It could be anyone, really.

Wisconsin

American Legion Post 10 will deliver meals prepared by Bunkers Restaurant on Christmas Day to area veterans in need, one month after delivering 100 Thanksgiving meals to area veterans.

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