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T-Shirt Sales To Benefit Fire Department October 20, 2017

The Hershey Volunteer Fire Department will benefit from sales of a T-shirt featuring Station 48's tower.

A Hershey-based apparel company designed and screen-printed the heather red shirt, which features, in white ink, a badge-like logo incorporating the tower and the words "Forty-Eight, Since 1905." Made from a cotton/polyester blend, the shirts come in unisex sizes of small, medium, large, extra large, and 2XL.

The shirts can be purchased at or by appointment at Station 48, 21 W. Caracas Ave., Hershey. Size 2XL is only available at the station. To make an appointment, readers may call the station at 717-533-2953.

All proceeds will benefit the fire department's capital campaign.


Donations Sought For Military Personnel October 19, 2017

During October, donations will be accepted for men and women serving overseas in the military. Donations will be received on weekdays at the following U-Stor-It facilities in York County: 1331 N. Sherman St., York, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and 2786 S. Queen St., Dallastown, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Both locations will accept donations from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays.

Suggested items include socks, gloves, blankets, body wash, washcloths, towels, shampoo, conditioner, cotton swabs, feminine hygiene items, hair brushes and combs, candy, gum, cookies, crackers, trail mix, nuts, microwave meals, oatmeal cups, cup of soup/noodles, sugar, creamer, flavor packets for water, playing cards, notepads, resealable bags in all sizes, handwritten letters, books, and magazines. For more ideas, readers may find U-Stor-It on Facebook.

The business has also partnered with a local organization, For the Love of a Veteran, located in Hanover. Monetary donations can be made at

For details, readers may call Jill or Courtney at 717-840-9369.


Cleanup Day Benefits Leg Up Farm October 18, 2017


Program To Buy Back Candy October 13, 2017

Local residents are encouraged to trade in their excess trick-or-treat candy for cash through the Halloweek Candy Buy Back program. Through Operation Gratitude, the collected candy will be sent to troops serving overseas.

Candy will be collected at Mor Smiles, 245 Bloomfield Drive, Suite 211, Lititz, on Wednesday, Nov. 1, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Thursday, Nov. 2, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Each child is eligible to receive a set amount of money per pound of unopened, uneaten candy, up to 10 pounds.

Children are also encouraged to create letters for the service members, which will be shipped out with the candy. Parents can also enter to win a gift card for a local eatery.

The dental practice has participated in the Halloween Candy Buy Back for several years and has collected hundreds of pounds of candy.


Program To Buy Back Candy October 13, 2017

Area residents are encouraged to trade in their excess trick-or-treat candy for cash through the national Halloween Candy Buy Back program. Through Operation Gratitude, the collected candy will be sent to U.S. military personnel serving overseas.

Trick-or-treaters are encouraged to bring their excess unopened candy to the Healthy Smiles Dental office in the Woods Edge Plaza in Lancaster on Wednesday, Nov. 1, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Thursday, Nov. 2, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; and Monday, Nov. 6, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Individuals will receive a set amount of money per pound of candy, with a limit of five pounds per child. Commercial outlets are excluded.

Children are also encouraged to draw a picture or write a note to a service person to be sent along with the candy. In addition, Dr. Matthew T. Kingston of the dental office will send individually packaged toothbrushes, floss, and toothpaste to be included in care packages for the troops.

Last year, the dental office took in 102 pounds of candy to send to American troops.

Readers may visit for more information.


Shelter Receives Donation October 12, 2017


Book Sales To Benefit National Center October 11, 2017

The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children will benefit from a portion of U.S. sales of the children's picture book "The Safety Jewels" by local author LindseyAnn and illustrated by Shari Brandt of Middletown. Additionally, a portion of international sales will be donated to the International Centre for Missing and Exploited Children.

In the story, a young girl practices safety rules that are recommended by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Resource pages for parents and teachers at the back of the book highlight the center's mission and provide craft and educational game ideas.

The book is available on Amazon.


Employees Make Donation October 6, 2017


YWCA To Install New Boiler System October 3, 2017

YWCA Lancaster has announced that three area companies will donate a new boiler system for Lancaster's Women's Winter Shelter and Residence program, a cold-weather emergency women's shelter. The new boiler system was donated by Patterson-Kelley, a division of Camp Hill-based Harsco Corporation; H&H Sales Associates from Mechanicsburg; and Lancaster-based Moore Engineering Company.

There will be a ribbon cutting ceremony and a special demonstration of the new boiler installation at YWCA Lancaster, 110 N. Lime St., on Friday, Oct. 6, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Representatives from each of the donating companies will be present, along with officials from the Lancaster County Council of Churches (LCCC) and YWCA. The public is invited.

Hosted by YWCA Lancaster, Lancaster's Women's Winter Shelter and Residence program is run by the LCCC. The winter shelter, offered from December through April, houses women and their children under the age of 18 who need temporary shelter from the cold. YWCA Lancaster provides a warm, safe place to sleep, as well as showers and lockers, and LCCC provides snacks and beverages. With the exception of one part-time coordinator employed by the LCCC, the shelter is staffed entirely by volunteers from several Lancaster County houses of worship.

The boiler units and all of the engineering services have been facilitated by the dedication of Lancaster resident and longtime YWCA advocate Michele Grasberger and her husband, Nick Grasberger III, president and CEO of Harsco Corporation.

Despite the contributions of community members and corporate sponsors, further contributions are still needed. YWCA Lancaster has initiated efforts to raise $70,000 in order to complete the major-scale boiler system installation.


Group Participates In Event September 29, 2017


Food Drive To Benefit Local Organizations September 28, 2017


Discount Available For Relief Shipments September 27, 2017

Anyone who is shipping packages to FEMA-designated hurricane disaster counties, along with Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, will be able to receive a discount on packaging and certain shipping and freight costs through Friday, Oct. 20.

The discount is available at the Postal Connections stores located in the Ephrata Market Place, 848 E. Main St., Suite 800, Ephrata; the Lancaster Shopping Center, 1653 Lititz Pike, Lancaster; and the Windsor Commons Shopping Center, 3151 Cape Horn Drive, Red Lion.

The offer applies to shipments designated as hurricane relief to any residential address in the ZIP codes affected by hurricanes Harvey and Irma as well as temporary relief centers. A list of FEMA disaster area ZIP codes is available at the stores.

Shipped items are limited to 150 pounds and the carrier's size restrictions. Freight shipments can be arranged for shipments over 150 pounds.


Elementary School Receives Buddy Bench September 21, 2017


Cancer Care Center Receives Donation September 19, 2017


Organization Receives Donation September 13, 2017


Organization Accepts Donation September 13, 2017


Organization Receives Exterior Makeover September 13, 2017

Family Promise of Southern Chester County (FPSCC) recently received an exterior makeover from the DePuy Synthes professional relations and operations team, which donated its time and talents to the project during a Day of Caring volunteer event. Volunteers planted more than 96 bundles of flowers and spread 40 bags of mulch.

FPSCC is dedicated to keeping families together in times of crisis by helping families with children experiencing homelessness regain their housing and their independence. Since November 2015, 31 families have made Family Promise their temporary home while rebuilding their lives. To learn more, readers may visit or email


Donations Benefit Area Food Banks September 12, 2017


Children's Book Drive Scheduled September 7, 2017

RSVP of the Capital Region will partner with a local law firm for a children's book collection drive. The collection of new and gently used books for children ages 4 to 12 began on Sept. 11 and will continue through Friday, Oct. 27.

Collection bins will be available at more than 10 locations throughout the area, including Mette, Evans and Woodside; Capital Blue Cross; East Shore and West Shore YMCA; Dauphin County Bar Association; and First National Bank in Lemoyne. A complete list of locations can be found at The donated books will be distributed at after school tutoring and prekindergarten programs to children to encourage reading.


Lip Sync Events Posted September 6, 2017

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