Friday, October 19, 2001

Some Good News


Bengals on line to help

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        No doubt, the Cincinnati Bengals will be on a winning team this Sunday.

        The Bengals, Motorola and the Wireless Foundation will host a wireless phone collection drive at Paul Brown Stadium, before the 1 p.m. game between the Bengals and the Chicago Bears.

        The drive is part of the national Donate a Phone Call to Protect program to benefit victims of domestic violence.

        Phones will be collected at each entrance to the stadium.

        They will either be refurbished and provided to victims of domestic violence, or sold, with proceeds used to support the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence.

        This season, 30 NFL teams will host a Donate a Phone collection drive at their home stadiums. Since the program started in 1999, nearly half a million wireless phones have been collected.

        “Wireless technology can be a powerful tool for domestic violence victims,” said David S. Diggs, executive director of the Wireless Foundation.

        Fans coming to the game are urged to participate.

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        The American Heritage Girls will sponsor a collection drive from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Make A Difference Day, Oct. 27, at all area Wal-Mart stores to get needed items for children being placed into foster care.

        Items needed include a homemade blanket, toiletries, a stuffed animal, toys, a T-shirt, crayons, coloring books, school supplies, hand-held games, water bottles, hats and books.

        Todd and Rebecca Hayes, foster parents in Springdale, started the project locally this year.

        “My husband and I wanted to help since we were foster parents,” Mrs. Hayes said.

        “Our goal is to fill 3,000 bags.”

        Bags will be given to the children in the Greater Cincinnati area through Children Services in Butler, Hamilton, and Clermont counties.

        Mrs. Hayes said blankets can be sewn, crocheted, knitted or quilted. She said blankets can be accepted through Dec. 15.

        Anyone who wants to organize a collection drive for a neighborhood, workplace, school or church, should call, 737-1264.

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        In keeping with its 100 years of community service in Avondale, the Carmel Presbyterian Church, 3549 Reading Road, will have a three-day Centennial Celebration, starting at 7 p.m.,today.

        Activities will include a banquet, gospel concert and a special service at 11 a.m. Sunday.

        The church has played an important role in community involvement and civil rights.

        It has taken a leadership role in developing the Avondale Towne Center, and formed a partnership with Indian Hill Presbyterian/Episcopal Church to provide an academic enrichment program for neighborhood children each summer.

       Allen Howard's “Some Good News” column runs Monday-Friday and Sundays. If you have suggestions about outstanding achievements, or people who are committing random acts of kindness that are uplifting to the Tristate, let him know at (513) 768-8362; at ahoward@enquirer.com; or by fax at (513) 768-8340.
       

       



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