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.
Building bears and friendship: Farmers National Co. held a rescue bear team-building event Tuesday during which employees worked in teams to make 300 stuffed bears. The bears were donated to the Omaha Police Department, Project Harmony and the Siena-Francis House to give to children in crisis. More than 300 employees and associates from Farmers National Co.'s 24-state service area participated.
Pass the syrup, please: Enjoy Breakfast With a Song from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. today at Pathfinder Chorus' annual pancake feed. While dining, listen to one of the best barbershop choruses in the world. Pathfinder Chorus is ranked 10th worldwide by the Barbershop Harmony Society. Breakfast will be served at Fremont (Neb.) City Auditorium, Broad and Ninth Streets in Fremont. Breakfast — all-you-can-eat pancakes and sausage — costs $5.
Say cheeseburger: Northern Plains Boxer Rescue will host a Santa photo fundraiser from noon to 4 p.m. today at Soggy Paws, 1401 Jackson St. Bring your dogs and kids for photos with Santa. For $10, a digital copy of your photo will be emailed to you. Soggy Paws also is offering a fill the stocking fundraiser for the rescue. For a $5 donation, the customer will receive a 15 percent discount on purchases that fit in the stocking.
Helping a family: A fundraiser will run from noon to 4:30 p.m. today for Omahan Rachael Johnson, 19, and her family. She was critically injured June 13 in a one-vehicle rollover crash on Interstate 80 in west-central Iowa. Her spinal cord injury has left her with some movement in her shoulders and arms, but nothing below them. She is at Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital in Lincoln. Her parents are remodeling their house so she can come home. The family also needs a vehicle that will accommodate her wheelchair. The fundraiser will be at St. Philip Neri Catholic Church, 8200 N. 30th St., with food, raffles, a silent auction and time to visit with Rachael. Tickets are $12 at the door.
Homefront: Hy-Vee Supermarkets have a new year-round effort called Hy-Vee Homefront to raise funds and awareness for organizations serving the nation's military members, veterans and their families. Hy-Vee Homefront begins with support for three veterans' organizations — Hope for the Warriors, Operation First Response and Puppy Jake Foundation. The first Hy-Vee Homefront event will run Wednesday through Nov. 16. Customers will have the opportunity to round up purchases to the nearest dollar — or desired dollar amount — with the proceeds benefiting the Hy-Vee Homefront organizations. Hy-Vee will match the round up program donations up to $100,000.
More coffee, please: Bruegger's Bagels will boost its annual fundraiser for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals by giving away coffee Thursday until 2 p.m. Guests can enjoy a free cup of coffee and donate spare change or more to the network, which includes Children's Hospital & Medical Center in Omaha. Bruegger's also will donate a portion of proceeds from sales of its popular Bottomless Mugs through the end of the year.
Gift of Love: The 32nd annual Gift of Love will kick off at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at First State Bank in Scottsbluff, Neb. The Tree of Names will be unveiled, the canned goods collection will start, Truck of Love information will be announced and Coats 4 Kids collection will begin. With community support, the “Gift of Love” program provides hundreds of families throughout Nebraska's Panhandle with a Christmas meal. Last year more than 300 children received a new gift.
Keeping warm: St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store, 2101 Leavenworth St., will have its ninth annual coat giveaway from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. Free coats, jackets, hats, scarves, gloves and winter boots will be given out first come, first served until all items are done. To receive free items, you must show proof of identification.
Stocking the shelves: Boy Scout Troop 64, Cub Scout Pack 64 and the Voice News will assist the Norris (Neb.) Area Food Pantry on Saturday. From 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m., Scouts will do curbside pickup of nonperishable food items in the communities of Hickman, Firth, Panama, Cortland and Sprague. In addition, drop-off points will be open at Hickman Presbyterian Church, Firth Community Center, Cortland Community Center parking lot, Shepherd of the Hills, Panama Fire Station and Sprague Community Church. Food or donations also can be dropped off at The Voice News in Hickman anytime before Thanksgiving. Cash or checks should be made out to Norris Area Food Pantry.
Pancakes for a cause: Join Miss Nebraska JaCee Pilkington and cadets from Benson High School JROTC for breakfast from 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Nov. 10 at VFW Post 2503, 8903 Military Road. The cost of the pancake feed is $8 per person or $25 per family. The National D-Day 70 Years Committee selected Benson JROTC to participate in the 2014 D-Day Memorial Parade in Normandy, France. Twenty-nine cadets and their instructors were chosen to represent the State of Nebraska and will have opportunity to tour historic battlefields and experience history firsthand. The cadets need to raise $95,000 to cover their expenses.
Coats for Folks: The 22nd annual Coats for Folks collection drive for the People's City Mission in Lincoln has begun. Accepted will be clean, nice blankets; coats; stocking hats; gloves; mittens; snowsuits; long-sleeved shirts for men, women and children; and any other clothing in good condition. Items may be taken to the City Mission Distribution Center, 2615 O St. in Lincoln.
Spread the Warmth: La Vista's annual coat drive, Spread the Warmth, kicked off Friday. Donations can be dropped off at City Hall/Community Center, library, Police Department, Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church, Faith Presbyterian Church and Harrison Street Baptist Church. Collected coats will be given to La Vista families through the Papillion-La Vista Schools Foundation Children's Emergency Fund. Donations of hats and mittens also are welcome. The La Vista Community Foundation, with funding from Black Hills Energy, will provide a matching grant of up to $800 for new coats. For more information, visit cityoflavista.org/spreadthewarmth.
Shopping for a Cause: Parable Christian Store, 11212 Chicago Circle, will host a Nov. 12 fundraiser to benefit the Operation Christmas Child Eastern Nebraska team, a project of Samaritan's Purse. The store will sell tickets for the 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Ladies Night Out: Shopping for a Cause. All proceeds from ticket sales will go to Operation Christmas Child. A ticket will give an attendee access to a $5 coupon, 15 percent off all purchases, food and more. For tickets, call 402-333-5570.
Film time: The Omaha Nuclear Networking Group will host a showing of the film “Pandora's Promise” at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 13 at Oakview Theater. Discussion will follow at Varsity's Sports Cafe and Roman Coin Pizza, 14529 F St. The atomic bomb and plant meltdowns have made nuclear power seem nearly synonymous with global disaster. The film asks whether this technology could save our planet from a climate catastrophe while providing the energy needed to lift the billions of people in the developing world out of poverty. To reserve a seat and view a trailer about the film, visit tugg.com/events/6069. To bring the film to Omaha, 85 people need to reserve a spot at $11 each. Credit cards are not charged until 85 tickets are confirmed.
New tree in forest: Volunteers from Loveland Garden Club of Omaha and sixth-graders from Beals Elementary School in Omaha recently helped plant a London Plane tree in Fontenelle Forest in Bellevue. The event commemorated the centennial of the Garden Club of America. The tree will shade the picnic area near the forest's Gilbert M. and Martha H. Hitchcock Wetlands Learning Center. A grant that Loveland Garden Club received from the Nebraska Statewide Arboretum made the planting possible. The club also will do a tree-planting blitz to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Garden Club of America. The O!Oaks project continues to plant oaks and other native and sustainable trees in the Omaha area. Working with the Nebraska Statewide Arboretum and community horticulturists, the Loveland club has helped plant more than 100 oaks of various species. In the next two weeks, the club will help plant 30 oaks trees at 14 Omaha schools, Project Harmony and the Hospice House-The Josie Harper Residence. The trees are a gift from ReTree Nebraska and the Loveland Garden Club. The club also has planted six trees at Habitat for Humanity homes, thanks to a grant from the Omaha Mens Garden Club.
Books Are Treats: More than 600 adults and children took home roughly 4,000 books and 7,500 Highlights magazines during last Sunday's Books Are Treats event. It featured free books aboard a Metro transit bus. The book giveaway was part of the Old Market Trick or Treat event. Metropolitan Community College, the Old Market Business Association and Metro transit collaborated on the event, which encourages literacy among adults and families.
A lot from a little: Employees of Treynor (Iowa) State Bank paid $5 a month this summer to wear jeans. Their donations plus a money match from the bank amounted to $700 donated to Boys and Girls Club of Council Bluffs.
Making a difference: Members of Altrusa International of Omaha, a local service group dedicated to improving their communities through service to others, delivered books, shoes and clothing for men, women and children to residents of the Stephen Center shelter on Oct. 26. Altrusa members did this as part of Make a Difference Day.
Bratacular total: Twin Peaks, the mountain-lodge-themed sports restaurant, raised $10,000 in October for the Metamorphosis Fund from “Bratacular.” Omaha Twin Peaks Girls decorated bras to sell at auction with proceeds going to the Metamorphosis Fund, which helps cancer patients and survivors with finances to aid in their recovery.