ORRINGTON, Maine -- While most people in the United States are preparing for holiday activities, local volunteers with Operation Christmas Child are filling shoe box gifts with toys, school supplies and hygiene items for needy children overseas. The year- round project of international relief aid organization Samaritan's Purse, headed by Franklin Graham, is ramping up as local businesses, churches and community groups prepare to collect thousands of gift- filled shoeboxes during National Collection Week which ends Monday, Nov. 19.
Anyone can drop off a packed shoebox at one of the Orrington- area locations. Then, using whatever means is necessary -- trucks, trains, boats, bikes and even elephants -- the shoebox gifts will be hand-delivered to children in need in 100 countries around the...
LONG BEACH - The founder of a nonprofit that links college mentors with at-risk youth. The president of an organization that aids young Latinas. A longtime owner of an inner-city preschool.
This year's finalists for the Press-Telegram's Amazing Women Awards in the education category are all dedicated to improving education for underprivileged children.
For Love of Children (FLOC) has been helping serve the needs of abused, neglected and foster kids in the Miami Valley since 1980. The group provides toys and gifts to needy children in the Greater Dayton area at holiday time.
Christmas for Kids is a program created for those children who do not know the joy of a stocking hung by the fire, the thrill of a sparkly tree adorned with pretty presents," says FLOC's board president Beth Mann. "There are thousands of children in the greater Dayton area who wake up to a sparse, dull day on Christmas. FLOC is asking our community to put back the color into Christmas for our children in need.
Those who knit, sew, crochet and quilt are generous people. They frequently fashion items for friends and family, and are known for their charitable attention to those in need. Now through the end of May, there is a movement afoot (or should I say, by hand) to benefit three national programs that accept handmade items to benefit children.
Nationally known author Debbie Macomber is asking women who knit and crochet to observe Mother's Day by using their skills to create an item for charity through the initiative Knit1, Bless2 to help infants and children in need.
Anastasia Ibrahim, 15, was one of nearly 100 volunteers honored recently by Family Service Association of Redlands.
In February 2011, Anastasia, a student at Redlands High School, founded a tutoring program at Family Service for homeless and low- income children.
Laramie's Cathedral Home for Children will take local KIDS in need of crisis care.
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Actress and Singer, Lucy Hale, Joins Duracell to Mobilize Consumer Participation in Program to Power Toys and Smiles Across the Country
Quiero ayudar a los niños necesitados. Soy bendecido al estar detrás de un micrófono en la radio donde puedo atraer atención a ayudar a los que necesitan ayuda", dijo Xavier The X-Man. "Esta es mi oportunidad de regresarle a una comunidad que me ha dado tanto". Cada año, el número de personas que donan juguetes varía, pero pueden ser hasta 200, dijo.
Además de ayudar a los niños necesitados, los donantes disfrutarán de la música del [DJ Wicho] en las tornamesas, podrán tomarse una foto con Santa de Impalas Car Club, y verán una variedad de low riders en la exhibición de autos clásicos.
"Pero nuestra gente saca del corazón comprar ese juguete y traerlo aquí para algún niño que está aún más necesitado", dijo. "Eso comprueba que mi auditorio es grandioso, que tiene un gran corazón".
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