Following are fundraisers, donations and other charitable events happening in the Midlands. Email your information about good deeds to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 402-444-1040.
Locks of Love: Three-year-old Maci Anderson had her first big haircut Thursday night, donating the hair cut off to Locks of Love. Maci is following in the footsteps of big sister Lexi, 7, who has twice donated her hair. Lexi’s and Maci’s mom, Jenny, lost a friend to colon cancer in 2000 and has vowed to help cancer patients ever since. Maci’s hair was cut by Chrissy Stephens at JB’s Salon in La Vista. Maci says she loves her new haircut.
Radiothon: Milagros Para Niños Radiothon raised $101,000 for Children’s Hospital & Medical Center between July 24 and 26. Since it’s debut in 2009, the radiothon has raised more than $582,000 in support of Children’s programs, services, equipment and research. The three-day broadcast is made possible by Radio Lobo 97.7 FM and Omaha’s Latino community.
Equipment donation: Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation has donated more than $9,700 in equipment to the Fremont Fire Department and more than $27,500 in equipment to Boys Town Fire Department. The restaurant chain was founded by two brothers who are former firefighters. Their foundation was established in 2005 to provide funding, life-saving equipment and educational opportunities to first responders and public safety organizations. Since the nonprofit began, more than $73,500 in donations have been distributed in Nebraska alone.
Blood drive: The American Red Cross and Sport Clips Haircuts have teamed up to show that “saving lives never looked so good.” Throughout September, those who donate blood or platelets at participating Red Cross blood drives and donation centers will receive a coupon for a free haircut. For more information, or to find the nearest blood donation opportunity, visit redcrossblog.org/sport-clips or call 1-800-RED-CROSS.
Online auction: The Omaha Salvation Army’s first online “get away” fundraising auction is open. Bids can be made on vacation packages at omahasa.afrogs.org through Thursday. Bids help fund more than 20 Salvation Army social service programs in Omaha.
Giveaway: The Injury Prevention team at Children’s Hospital & Medical Center is joining Nebraska Crossing Outlets next Saturday for the dedication of a safe, new outdoor play space for children. Children’s sponsored construction of the play set and provided education and consultation for the safety-oriented design. Following the dedication, Children’s will provide bicycle helmet fittings and give away free helmets (first-come, first-served) from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. just south of the Under Armour Outlet store on the east end of the mall. Helmets are provided on a first come, first served basis; the child must be present to ensure the right size. Nebraska Crossing Outlets are off Interstate 80 at the Gretna exit.
Yarn donations: The Needle Craft Club at Omaha’s St. Joseph Tower is seeking yarn to create baby items for the humanitarian group Healing Africa. All colors of baby yarn or sports weight yarn are needed. Contact Kathy Johnson, the teacher/leader of the club, at (402) 952-5104 or drop off yarn at the assisted living facility at 2205 S. 10th St. with her name on it.
Fundraiser: Food and fun can be found at “A Night Out for the Library” Sept. 13 at the South Creek Conference Center in Blair, Nebraska. The event features a 6 p.m. barbecue, a 7 p.m. silent auction and a dance from 8 to 11 p.m. Tickets are $25 and are available at the Blair Public Library. All proceeds go to fund a new library building. For more information, call 402-426-3617.
Trail race: Run the trails of Loess Hills Sept. 13 in one of two chip-timed races at the Little Sioux (Iowa) Scout Ranch. Runners can choose a 4-mile or 8-mile loop on wide trails of soft, volcanic ash. Entry fee for the 4-mile race is $40 by Sept. 12 or $45 the day of the race. Entry fee for the 8-mile race is $45 by Sept. 12 or $50 the day of the race. Registration opens at 7 a.m., races start at 9 a.m. and an awards ceremony is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. For more information, visit loesshillstrailrace.org. To volunteer and camp for free all weekend, call Lisa Russell at 402-514-3012.
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