Blood Drive Scheduled September 13, 2018
A community blood drive benefiting the American Red Cross will be held on Saturday, Oct. 6, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Morr Indoor Range and Training Center, 2488 Willow Street Pike, Lancaster. All eligible donors are welcome.
The blood drive is a result of the DoMorr Community Day event on Aug. 18. The event was held to raise funds and collect donated goods for local nonprofit organizations, including the American Red Cross.
People may donate one pint of blood every 56 days. Donors are encouraged to eat a meal prior to giving blood and drink plenty of water. Photo identification is required at the time of donation. Blood donation requirements include a minimum weight of 115 pounds and minimum age of 17. Many health conditions and medications do not prevent a person from donating blood. People taking insulin, blood pressure medication, thyroid medication, cholesterol medication, aspirin, antidepressants, and hormone replacement medications may give blood.
For more information about donor eligibility, readers may call 866-236-3276 or visit www.redcrossblood.org.
Donations Sought For Military Personnel September 13, 2018
Keystone Military Families invites the community to donate to its Stocking for Soldiers program. The organization's mission is to provide caring support for deployed military members in all branches of service, no matter where they are stationed. It provides care packages, holiday packages, letters, cards, and more to military personnel.
Kyle Lord founded the program in 2002. To date, this initiative has helped thousands of troops. All requests come directly from the troops, their families, or someone who knows a military member. Each package is custom made depending on the needs and requests of the troops.
The program's goal is to ship 10,000 stuffed stockings to military members this year.
Community members are invited to donate signed Christmas cards, food, hygiene items, and other requested items, along with monetary donations to offset shipping costs. Die-cut Christmas card paper stockings will be provided for a per-stocking fee in order to defray mailing expenses. The goal is to include one of the cards with each stocking mailed.
Individuals who wish to donate may drop off supplies at Blue Ridge Communications, 804 Academy Heights Drive, Ephrata, between Monday, Oct. 1, and Sunday, Nov. 18. A display will be set up in the lobby in October with brochures and a list of requested items. A list of requested care package items can also be found at www.facebook.com/KeystoneMilitaryFamilies.
Food Bank Receives Grant September 12, 2018
The York County Food Bank (YCFB) has received GRIT Marketing Group's fall 2018 grant. The $5,000 grant will aid the YCFB in rebranding itself and expanding its reach and recognition throughout York County.
The grant program was established in 2008 and offers time and expertise to nonprofit organizations that strive to make a difference to the population they serve. Recipients must have 501(c)3 status and be located in the southcentral Pennsylvania region. For more details, readers may visit https://creategrit.com/grants.
The YCFB is a central serving hub that collects food from a variety of sources and then equitably redistributes it to more than 125 agencies or organizations, including shelters, churches, senior centers, schools and community centers. The YCFB currently provides a total of more than two million pounds of food and household items annually.
Educator Grants Now Available September 11, 2018
The PPL Foundation would like to provide funding power for teachers to bring their ideas to life and spark students' interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). The PPL Empowering Educators program is designed to help K-12 teachers provide hands-on learning opportunities to enhance the classroom experience.
This year, PPL will award $25,000 in Empowering Educators grants. Twenty-five teachers will receive $1,000 for supplies to help make their projects a reality. Each team will be judged on its project proposal, its school need, and potential overall impact.
Through these competitive grants, teachers can receive $1,000 in funding for educational projects such as science fairs, energy conservation projects, renewable energy demonstrations, math competitions, and more. Last year, some of the projects that received funding ranged from building solar-powered cars to developing a school makerspace, a collaborative work space where students can explore and share innovative ideas.
The grants are open to K-12 teachers in school districts in the 29 Pennsylvania counties served by PPL. To be eligible for an Empowering Educators grant, teachers must submit a contest application online at www.pplempoweringeducators.com. Applications will be accepted online through Sunday, Sept. 30.
Students Receive Scholarships September 11, 2018
Several students from the central Pennsylvania area have received Everence college scholarships for the 2018-19 academic year. Each student will receive a $750 scholarship. The local honorees are as follows:
Andrea Acosta of Lititz is a member of Blossom Hill Mennonite Church and is pursuing a degree at Bloomsburg University.
Lauren Hartzler of Manheim is a member of Mountville Mennonite Church and is pursuing a degree at Eastern Mennonite University in Virginia.
Anna Hershey of Mifflintown is a member of Cedar Grove Brethren in Christ Church and is pursuing a degree at Misericordia University.
Marcus Huber of Lititz is a member of Manheim Brethren in Christ Church and is pursuing a degree at Temple University.
Bryce Kready of Manheim is a member of Manheim Brethren in Christ Church and is pursuing a degree at the University of Pittsburgh.
Shayna Landis of Lancaster is a member of Neffsville Mennonite Church and is pursuing a degree at Messiah College in Mechanicsburg.
Emma Lown of Elizabethtown is pursuing a degree at Lancaster Bible College in Lancaster.
Micah Martin of Ephrata is as member of Blainsport Mennonite Church and is pursuing a degree at Gordon College in Massachusetts.
Joanna Niesley of Marietta is a member of Mount Joy Mennonite Church and is pursuing a degree at Cedarville University in Ohio.
Janell Preheim of Lancaster is a member of Blossom Hill Mennonite Church and is pursuing a degree at Goshen College in Indiana.
Mason Stoltzfus of New Holland is a member of Conestoga Mennonite Church and is pursuing a degree at Eastern Mennonite University.
Alexis Stoner of Elizabethtown is a member of Good Mennonite Church and is pursuing a degree at Chestnut Hill College in Philadelphia.
More than 150 students from across the country applied for scholarships and were evaluated on leadership, community involvement and responses to an essay question. A total of 42 students received scholarships. The scholarship program's goal is to encourage young people to explore the integration of faith and finances while helping them on their educational journeys.
For a complete list of the scholarship recipients, readers may visit www.everence.com.
Pressley Ridge To Receive Donations September 6, 2018
Pressley Ridge, an organization dedicated to providing foster care and services for children, adults, and families facing difficult challenges and complex situations, has started a new partnership with OWL Chiropractic Center. The partnership is designed to support Pressley Ridge by bringing in financial and material donations.
Through the partnership, all new patient fees at the center will be donated to Pressley Ridge. Additionally, the center holds donation drives in its office. During the holidays, the office displays an angel tree through which patients can supply items such as toys and clothing for Pressley Ridge children.
The office is currently collecting new and gently used suitcases to fill with personal hygiene products such as soap, toothbrushes, toothpaste, tissues, and other items to be given to children in foster care.
Pressley Ridge is headquartered in Pittsburgh, with central Pennsylvania offices in Lancaster, York, Harrisburg, and Camp Hill. For more information on Pressley Ridge, readers may visit www.pressleyridge.org.
Cancer Care Center Receives Donation September 5, 2018
WellSpan's York Cancer Care Center recently received a donation of more than $10,160 from Miller Plant Farm. The funds will benefit the center's Patient Help Fund.
The funds were generated through the second annual Cancer Care Day, held on Aug. 4 at the farm. Festivities included the second annual Farm Fresh 5K, which was preceded by a welcome by Dustyn Miller, a fifth-generation farmer at the farm. Six weeks prior to the race, Dustyn's mother, Diane Miller, passed away after a three-year battle with pancreatic cancer. In lieu of the traditional moment of silence, he requested that all race participants cheer for everyone they knew who has been affected by cancer.
Out of a field of 186 runners, Christopher Martin of York had a winning time of 20 minutes, 54 seconds. Second-place finisher Dylan Ackerman of York logged a time of 21:23, and Thomas Urrunaga, also of York, came in third at 21:34. Farm employee Lyndee Anders of York repeated as the top female with a time of 23:35. Top male and female winners received a gift card to the farm. After crossing the finish line, all participants enjoyed fresh-cut watermelon.
President Dave Miller conducted giveaway drawings and was assisted by his daughter Courtney Fauth and daughter-in-law Christy Miller, along with his grandchildren Palmer and Alexandra Miller.
Donations Sought To Benefit CVCCS August 29, 2018
A donation drive is taking place in September to benefit the food bank at Conestoga Valley Christian Community Services (CVCCS). The goal of the drive is to decrease the prevalence of hunger and poverty in Lancaster County.
Individuals who donate two cans of food or a set minimum financial amount to CVCCS will receive admission to a performance of the Magic and Wonder Show from Wednesday, Sept. 12, to Wednesday, Sept. 29, at Bird-in-Hand Stage, 2760 Old Philadelphia Pike, Bird-in-Hand. Individuals must present a valid ID at the box office along with their donations.
Farm Show Event Raises Funds August 8, 2018
During its Farm Show Weekend, the Lancaster Barnstormers raised $6,800 to support the mission of the youth program at the Lancaster County Agriculture Council. It is the third year the Lancaster County Agriculture Council has teamed up with the Barnstormers to organize the Farm Show, which took place from June 22 to 24.
Farmers, agriculture business owners and employees, and 4-H and FFA students were among the 15,000 who attended the three-day event. Outside of the stadium, modern and antique tractors and other machinery were on display for attendees to check out.
On June 23, live farm animals took over the outfield, including cows, sheep, pigs, alpacas and rabbits. Agriculture-themed games were highlighted in between innings, such as alpaca races. Local dairy princesses were on hand to answer questions from the crowd.
Pennsylvania Secretary of Agriculture Russell Redding was the guest of honor on June 23 at a pregame program. Redding also threw out the first pitch to start the game.
The Lancaster County Agriculture Council also presented its science fair winners with the Lancaster Agriculture Innovation Awards. A $500 donation also was awarded to Lancaster County Career and Technology Center's Animal Production Science and Technology program.
Free Dentistry Weekend Posted July 19, 2018
The fifth annual Free Dentistry Weekend will be offered from Friday to Sunday, Aug. 24 to 26, at Mor Smiles, 245 Bloomfield Drive, Suite 211, Lititz. The pro bono work is limited to the first 100 area residents on a first-come, first-served basis.
Dental work will be performed under IV sedation. Available dental work will include tooth extractions, regular cleanings, and deep cleanings.
A prescreening appointment is required and entails X-rays and an examimation. Prescreening examinations, which will be completed at no cost, will be offered on Thursdays, Aug. 2, 9 and 16, from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.
To qualify, individuals must be between the ages of 18 and 65, be medically fit, take fewer than three medications daily, have a responsible driver available to provide transportation and care afterward, and not use recreational drugs.
For more information, readers may call Mor Smiles at 717-553-1793.