Wednesday, November 27, 2002

Some Good News


Giving spirit shows in donation

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It's a great feeling to be nice - and see it rub off on someone else. Doreen Monson, a volunteer in the STAFF program (Springdale Teens Adventuring for Funds) program, experienced that feeling recently.

While standing in a Thriftway store, another customer inquired about the 12 turkeys she had in her shopping basket. Mrs. Monson told the customer she had purchased them for the fourth annual Turkey Shoot, hosted by STAFF.

The Turkey Shoot is a free-throw basketball contest.

"Each person entering the contest donates two canned goods," Mrs. Monson said. She said the canned goods are given to needy in the community.

Mrs. Monson also mentioned the Rake & Run the teen group does for the elderly, and the upcoming Christmas party.

When Mrs. Monson arrived at the community center to unload the turkeys, "the woman showed up and gave me a check for the turkeys I had purchased," she said. "She obviously did not want to draw attention to herself in the grocery store. I was almost brought to tears. This is something that helps to restore faith in people."

She said the woman did not want her name mentioned.

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The Cincinnati Deaf Institute's Gifts of Hope campaign runs through Dec. 9.

The General Electric Elfun Society, composed of GE employees and retirees, will sponsor a party for the students at St. Rita's School for the Deaf, 1720 Glendale-Milford Road., Evendale, from 11 a.m. to p.m. Dec. 13 and present gifts to the children..

The Elfun Society, which contributed $2,500 in cash last year, has pledged $3,000 this year. The society absorbs any expenses for the campaign.

The Deaf Institute is a nonprofit organization run by Bryan Eubanks.

Bill Bross, project leader, said all money and merchandise collected goes directly to the Deaf Institute.

"Our mission is connecting people who have hope with those who need it," Mr. Bross said.

For more information, call Mr. Bross at 777-6069 or e-mail bjbross@juno.com.

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Family chiropractors across the country are banding together this Thanksgiving Day to "Lend a Hand For the Hungry" for North East Emergency Distribution Services, a group of churches and civic organizations.

Finke Family Chiropractic in Madeira will give free services in exchange for nonperishable food donations.

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The Alumni Association of the Urban League's African-American Leadership Development Program is sponsoring a clothing drive to gather warm outerwear from Dec. 1 through Jan. 20.

Donations will be accepted at 3458 Reading Road, Avondale.

Allen Howard's "Some Good News" column runs Sunday-Friday. If you have suggestions about outstanding achievements, or people who are uplifting to the Tristate, let him know at 768-8362, at ahoward@enquirer.com or by fax at 768-8340.




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