The following are fundraisers, donations and charitable events happening in the Midlands. Email your information about good deeds to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 402-444-1040.
Cancer survivor celebration: A Time to Heal, a Nebraska nonprofit foundation, will celebrate cancer survivors on Oct. 19 with a concert and benefit at Unity Church of Omaha, 3424 N. 90th St. The Celebrating Your Best Life concert will feature Karen Drucker. The event will begin at 6:30 p.m. with beverages, dessert and raffles. The concert will begin at 8 p.m. Funds raised will pay for cancer survivors to attend the foundation's 12-week holistic rehabilitation programs offered free for participants and their caregivers. Tickets, $30, are available at atimetoheal.ticketbud.com/fundraiser, or send your name, address, number of tickets you want and where to mail them plus $30 per ticket to Linda Floro, 16307 M St., Omaha, NE 68135. Call Floro, 402-932-3823, with questions about tickets.
On your mark: The Heartland Equine Therapeutic Riding Academy (HETRA) will sponsor the fundraising Ranch Run at 1 p.m. Oct. 20. The 10K, 5K, one-mile, and cowpoke half-mile and quarter-mile races will begin and end at the park near St. Augustine of Canterbury Episcopal Church, 285 S. 208th St. This is the only time the trails at Skyline Ranches are open to the public. The Ranch Run is a trail run around the Skyline Ranch neighborhood. Sign up at HETRA.org. The run benefits St. Augustine's mission and HETRA. A chili feed and beverages will follow the races.
Scouts and Team Jack: Local Boy Scouts are selling popcorn through Oct. 27 to earn money for Scouting, camping and other fun things. This year the Mid-America Council partnered with the Team Jack Foundation. For every Nebraska Husker tin that is sold in the 2013 fall sale, a portion of the proceeds will go to the Team Jack Foundation, which fights pediatric brain cancer. Jack Hoffman, a 7-year-old boy, was diagnosed with pediatric brain cancer in 2011. Purchasing a Nebraska Tin this year supports both the local Boy Scouts and Team Jack. Each tin contains three gallons of popcorn and costs $50.
For the troops: As the holiday season approaches, the Red Cross asks Americans to take the time to “give something that means something” to the men and women of the U.S. armed forces, veterans and the military families who may be separated from their loved ones. Through Dec. 6 you are invited to send holiday greeting cards with messages of thanks and support to our troops. Red Cross volunteers will screen and sort your cards and deliver them to military installations and Department of Veterans Affairs and military hospitals. Visit redcross.org/holidaymail for details on how you can send a card. Once you have read the guidelines, mail your card by Dec. 6 to Holiday Mail for Heroes, P.O. Box 5456, Capitol Heights, MD 20791-5456.
Special dinner: The Omaha Farmers Market on Saturday supplied the Siena-Francis House shelter with food to create a meal for its residents. Every year the Omaha Farmers Market vendors gather produce and other food from their inventory to donate to Siena-Francis House for this event. Donated items included rolls, ground beef, ground pork, tomatoes, cucumbers, apples, squash, carrots and watermelon. The Omaha Farmers Market in the Old Market also has a program that allows vendors to donate extra produce weekly to Siena-Francis House and the Open Door Mission. The Old Market program, combined with a similar program at Aksarben Village, has donated more than 6,000 pounds of produce this year.