Good Deeds, March 24 - Omaha.com
Published Sunday, March 24, 2013 at 1:00 am / Updated at 5:29 pm
Good Deeds, March 24

The following are fundraisers, donations and charitable events happening in the Midlands. Email your information about good deeds to connect@owh.com or call 402-444-1040.

Stacking up: Twins Hannah and Megan Grove, 12-year-old seventh-graders at Millard Central Middle school, have worked on their Silver Award for Girl Scouts through Troop 1362. They chose to collect and make 100 blankets for Project Harmony. The girls delivered the blankets this month. The twins received donations from the Rejoice Lutheran Church quilter's group; a quilting group in Apache Junction, Ariz.; Brownie Scouts in Killeen, Texas; Walmart in Gretna; family members in Minnesota; local friends; and the girls' troop.

Breakfast time: The BelleVue Cafe, 209 Fort Crook Road North in Bellevue, is teaming up with Soundz of Freedom, a nonprofit group, to help support area veterans. A portion of proceeds from today's 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. breakfast and brunch sales will be donated to help area veterans groups.

Ham giveaway: Lord of Hosts Church will give away 100 hams to needy families from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. today (or while supplies last) at 5351 S. 139th Plaza. The church also holds a monthly pantry, sponsored by Heartland Hope Mission, the second Saturday of each month from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. to serve the needs of the working poor and unemployed in Millard and the surrounding areas. The hams will be accompanied by other food items.

Can it: United Insurance Agencies, 1055 N. 115th St., Suite 208, will participate in the 10th annual Just Can It! event sponsored by the University of Nebraska at Omaha's Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity. Food items collected will go to the Salvation Army's food pantries. There will be a large bin at the office from Monday through April 5 for people to donate nonperishable food items.

Subs and support: Jersey Mike's Subs in downtown Lincoln will give patrons the option to add a donation to TeamMates onto their tab through Wednesday. On Wednesday, all of Jersey Mike's Subs proceeds will go to Lincoln TeamMates.

Storm spotter training: The National Weather Service will sponsor a storm spotter class at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Bellevue Fire Training Site, north of Cornhusker Road along 30th Street in Bellevue. The free class will last 90 minutes to two hours and provide a basic understanding of thunderstorm structure, spotting techniques, reporting and procedures. Participants will learn how to spot clouds associated with tornadoes and strong winds. For details, email meteorologist Brian Smith at brian.e.smith@noaa.gov.

First of many: The D-Day 70th Anniversary Commemoration Committee chose Omaha Benson's JROTC class to represent Nebraska at the 70th D-Day Memorial Parade in Normandy, France, in June 2014. The parade and musical salute to the veterans will commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Allied landings in Normandy and the liberation of Europe. Twenty-five Benson JROTC cadets and their instructors are to march in the commemorative parade and tour historic battlefields.

The cadets need to raise $75,000 to cover airfare plus lodging and transportation costs in France. Students and staff have planned several events to raise funds. The first will be a 1:15 p.m. Friday march-a-thon at Benson. Cadets are collecting pledges for each lap they march in one hour. To donate for the JROTC's D-Day 70th Anniversary trip, visit omahaschoolsfoundation.org and click on the Make a Donation button or send a check to: Omaha Schools Foundation, Attn: Benson D-Day Trip, 3215 Cuming St., Omaha, NE 68131.

Going to the dogs: Put on your Easter “Bone-ets” and bring your Easter “Bassets” (or Easter baskets, whatever works) to Saturday's Easter Begg Hunt for dogs. The $5 registration fee will benefit the Nebraska Humane Society. RSVP for this event at facebook.com/events/292190390908775/. Arrive no later than 12:45 p.m.; the hunt will begin at 1 p.m.

A costume contest for the best Easter/spring outfits for dogs will follow the hunt. The hunt will be at Turner Park at Midtown Crossing. The PAW Mobile will be there with adoptable dogs from the Nebraska Humane Society. Other pet services and rescue groups will be represented, too. Three Dog Bakery is sponsoring the event.

Documentary: Together will sponsor the April 4 wine tasting and hunger documentary at Aksarben Cinema, 2110 S. 67th St. One in 5 children is not sure where his or her next meal is coming from. Wine tasting, live music and appetizers will begin at 5:30 p.m. with the documentary at 7 p.m., followed by discussion. Tickets are $25 a person or two for $40. They are available at aksarbencinema.com. Proceeds will go to the First Stop Program at Together, which helps families in need with emergency resources and navigation to create housing stability.

Arts center: The Norfolk (Neb.) Arts Center Guild will present its second annual International Night from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. April 5 at the Norfolk Arts Center. The focus will be on Latin America. Tickets, $20, are available from guild members and at the center. Tickets include food, drink and live entertainment. All of the proceeds go to programming at the center.

Saying thanks: Four Omahans have received a special thank you for their contribution to the community. Linda Bowen, John Neuman and Mark and Annette Odell received $50 worth of free fuel from Tanks of Thanks, a Cenex program that rewards people who do good deeds to help make their community a little bit better. To nominate someone, visit TanksofThanks.com and briefly describe why someone deserves a Tank of Thanks.

— Compiled by Sue Story Truax with World-Herald News Service

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