Tuesday, April 1, 2003

How you can become involved



HOW TO DONATE

The U.S. Department of Defense has posted a Web site at http://www.defendamerica.mil/support_troops.html with alternative methods to mail and donation programs to show support of our troops overseas.

American Red Cross - Call 579-3000 for guidelines for package donations to military personnel. Items may be dropped off at the Red Cross offices at 720 Sycamore St. or the Blue Ash office at 10870 Kenwood Road. Furniture Fair, which is partnering with the Red Cross, will also accept donations.

Cameron Park Elementary School, Helping Hands Family Readiness Group and the Springdale Wal-Mart, at 600 Kemper Commons Circle, will collect items to send to American soldiers serving abroad. Bins will be placed at the school and the Wal-Mart through Friday to collect items not provided by the military, such as batteries, AT&T phone cards, playing cards, sunglasses, lip balm, unscented sunscreen and lotions and more. A list is posted on the bins.

Hoxworth Blood Center - To balance needs of local hospitals and the future needs of the military, donors are encouraged to schedule appointments at 451-0910 over the days and weeks to come.

The Ohio National Guard Family Assistance Center, 4100 Reading Road, North Avondale, is accepting donations of small, nonperishable items for packaging to send to our servicemen. Call David Chrzanowski at (866) 278-5757 for details.

VIGILS, MEETINGS, SERVICES, RALLIES

Christ Church, United Church of Christ, 15 S. Fort Thomas Ave., Fort Thomas, will open its sanctuary for prayer and/or meditation weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Grailville, 932 O'Bannonville Road, Loveland, will hold "Interfaith Vigils for Peace" from 7-9 p.m. Thursdays.

Hamilton Christian Center, 2940 Millville Ave., Hamilton, will conduct prayer services from noon to 1 p.m. every Tuesday and Friday. The services will focus on both world and homeland events.

Heritage Presbyterian Church, 6546 South Mason-Montgomery Road, will hold a Prayer Service for Peace, at 6 p.m. Tuesdays until the war is over.

University of Cincinnati students will hold a teach-in at noon Saturday in the Old Chemistry Building on campus. Topics will include: War and Racism, War and Working People, The Patriot Act, Activism and Organizing 101.

- Janinne Thompson




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