Following are fundraisers, donations and other charitable events happening in the Midlands. Email your information about good deeds to email@example.com or call 402-444-1040.
Clean sweep: St. Patrick School in the Elkhorn area recently had its seventh annual Locks of Love Drive. The nonprofit Locks of Love provides hair pieces to financially disadvantaged children younger than 18 who suffer from long-term hair loss from any medical diagnosis. Stylists donated their time and skills. These students donated 8 inches or more of hair this year: Madi Eich, Addison Hunt, Ava Kidder, Abi Distefano, Joscelin Banzhaf, Mia Butler, Courtney Christo, Sarah Galligan, Ally Ravnsborg, Lily Barkmeier, Ella Mandolfo, McKenna Mann, Kailey Martinec, Kate Vossen, Caleigh Copenhaver, Katherine Galligan, Grace Kremer, Hannah Beran, Ellie Noel, Riley Rasmussen, Cali D’Agosto, Emily Larsen, Madeline Mullen, Avery Plotz, Taye Smith, Bridget Connor, Sarah Heskin, Khloe Parsons, Maria Reger, Mackenzie Scholl, Cassidy Wiegert, Hannah Kruse, Mason Kirby, Hannah Friedt, Krissy Krager, Isabelle Brown and Madison Ackerman; and nonstudents Diane Anielak, Kelly Barkmeier, Tawnya Mann, Becca Chvatal and Kim Kidder.
Heirloom plants: The General’s Ladies of the Historic General Dodge House will have their sixth annual heirloom plant sale from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Dodge House, 605 Third St. in Council Bluffs.
Largest one-day food drive: Letter carriers and rural letter carriers will have their 20th annual Stamp Out Hunger food drive Saturday. Along with delivering the mail, carriers will pick up nonperishable items that will be donated to area food banks. Donations should be set by the mailbox by 8 a.m.
Supporting art: The Friends of Art will offer An Evening of Art with food and drink in support of the University of Nebraska departments of art and art history. Proceeds from the 6 p.m. Saturday event will provide scholarships and funds for special projects for the department. The events will be at the Kent Bellows Studio & Center for Visual Arts, 3303 Leavenworth St. Tickets, $20, can be purchased at the door. Beginning at 7 p.m., there will be a chance to purchase artwork by UNO faculty and students, regional and national artists, and art patrons.
Time to vote: Three local causes — Skate for Change of Omaha and Lincoln, Lincoln Kids Against Hunger and the Park Avenue Community Center of Omaha — have been selected as finalists in the State Farm Cause An Effect program. It’s time to vote to give them a chance to win $25,000. Visit State Farm’s Facebook page and click on Cause an Effect. Voting ends May 17. The 40 causes that receive the most votes will each receive a $25,000 grant. Skate for Change is a group of local skateboarders who ride around Omaha and Lincoln with backpacks, handing out food, water, socks, toothpaste and other necessities to the homeless and less fortunate. The money would help Skate for Change get more people involved, provide more services and stock up on supplies. Lincoln Kids Against Hunger provides food to organizations at the local, state, national and international levels. The group works with organizations serving youths who come to the Kids Against Hunger warehouse to package food as a therapeutic and rehabilitative exercise. The money would allow the group to expand school and other programs and do mobile packaging sessions in nearby communities. The Park Avenue Community Center in Omaha is a project proposed by inCommon, a nonprofit working to alleviate poverty by uniting and strengthening neighborhoods. The center would address the many underlying issues of poverty through relationship-building with residents. The center would house multiple nonprofits, organized and hosted by inCommon to share their services. The money would help with startup costs.
Lifting a cold one: Expect craft beers from 40 breweries, six beer academy classes and four bands at the May 18-19 Beer Fest, a benefit for Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy. Tickets, $30 to $60, are available at Wohler’s Neighborhood Grocery & Deli in Aksarben Village and at omahabeerfest.com. Beer Fest will run from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. May 18 and 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. May 19 at Stinson Park at Aksarben Village, 67th Street and West Center Road.
Clothing, please: Throughout May, OneMain Financial branches in Omaha and Council Bluffs will collect clothing donations to support the mission of Goodwill Industries. OneMain Financial branches are at 7613 Cass St. and 12103 West Center Road in Omaha, and at 255 West Broadway in Council Bluffs.
Adding it up: Aksarben Cinema will solicit donations for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation at the box office during May. Each month, Aksarben Cinema collects donations for charity. In April, a record $2,362 was collected for Angels Among Us, a charity benefiting families with children who have cancer.
More beer: Hops for Harmony, a fundraiser sponsored by the Papillion Area Lions Club and benefiting Project Harmony, will run from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. June 6 at Werner Park in Papillion. Expect more than 70 different beers from local brewmasters with handcrafted Nebraska beers, food from local restaurants, raffle and a silent auction. Advance tickets, $35, are available from any Papillion Area Lions Club member, Hy-Vee Supermarkets and at hopsforharmony.com. Tickets at the door will be $40.
May baskets: Sisters Cora and Grace Billig with friend Mimi Kelly delivered 48 May baskets for oncology patients at Children’s Hospital & Medical Center. Grace and her friends have donated to Children’s several times in the past. They all are students at St. Margaret Mary School and call themselves “Kids Charism for Cancer.”
ID assistance: Florence Lodge 281 hosted a Childhood Identification Program event at the recent Omaha Safety Expo at Westroads Mall. The lodge saw 178 children.
Filling backpacks: The University of Nebraska at Omaha, Creighton University and College of St. Mary had campus campaigns to collect new school supplies for students in Omaha through the Salvation Army backpack program. UNO collected 5,000 rulers, College of St. Mary collected an equal number of highlighters and markers. Creighton collected 5,000 erasers for the cause. Backpacks and supplies will be distributed Aug. 11, 17 and 18.
Compiled by Sue Story Truax