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Help Out: Nov. 10, 2013

By Staff reports

Gift boxes

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Operation Christmas Child is collecting gift-filled shoeboxes to distribute to needy children overseas at two sites in the Charleston area from Nov. 18-25.

The national project collects thousands of shoeboxes filled with toys, school supplies, hygiene items and notes of encouragement.

The shoeboxes will be collected from 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Nov. 18-23, noon to 4 p.m. Nov. 24, and 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 25 at Rand First Church of the Nazarene, 305 Davidson Ave.; and 1 to 7:30 p.m. Nov. 18-22, 1 to 5 p.m. Nov. 23 and 24, and 9 a.m. to noon Nov. 25 at Oakwood Baptist Church, 855 Oakwood Road.

For more information regarding these collection locations, call 800-567-8580.

Arthritis run/walk

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis begins with registration at 8:30 a.m. Dec. 7 in the parking lot at NiSource/Columbia Gas, 1700 MacCorkle Ave. SE.

The 5K (3.1-mile) run/walk for competitive and noncompetitive runners and walkers raises money for the Arthritis Foundation.

Included this year is a Kids Kandy Kane Fun Run, scheduled for 9:45 a.m. The Jingle Bell Run/Walk starts at 10 a.m.

Participants are encouraged to wear a holiday-themed costume and to tie bells to their shoelaces.

Festivities include complimentary refreshments, door prizes, a costume contest and the West Virginia Faces of Arthritis booth. WOWK-TV meteorologist Spencer Adkins will serve as emcee.

To register a team or to donate, go to www.jinglebellruncharleston.kintera.org. Adult general registration is $25, youths $15, and the Kandy Kane Fun Run is $5. Call 304-205-1510 or email sholland@arthritis.org for more information.

'Movember' fundraiser

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- On Nov. 1, WVU extension agent and Sunday Gazette-Mail garden columnist John Porter shaved his facial hair and pledged to grow a mustache as a way to raise awareness for men's health issues.

Porter is taking part in "Movember," as "a way to break the ice and talk about men's health issues in a lighthearted way so that we can "change the face of men's health."

Men on average live five years less than women, without any identifiable biological reason. Men are less likely to seek medical help and have regular doctor visits, which could be a factor in men's shorter life spans, he said.

The Movember Foundation raises funds for prostate and testicular cancer research and outreach and men's mental health outreach. Donations to the foundation may be made by visiting Porter's "Mo Space" at mobro.co/WVgardenguru or by sending a donation (make checks payable to Movember) to John Porter's Movember, WVU Kanawha County Extension Service, 4700 MacCorkle Ave. SE., Suite 101, Charleston, WV 25304. Porter's mustache progress can be checked out by going to his Mo Space.

Men's shelter needs

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The Crossroads Men's Shelter in Charleston needs the following items:

Pancake mix and syrup, milk, eggs, butter or margarine, large containers of peanut butter, large jars of jelly, lunch meat of any kind and large bottles of shampoo.

Items may be brought to Crossroads Men's Shelter between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. daily at 503 Leon Sullivan Way.

Spaghetti dinner

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Mountaineer Montessori School will hold a spaghetti dinner fundraiser from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Nov. 14 at Temple Israel, 2312 Kanawha Blvd. E.

Proceeds will benefit the school's "Lighting the Way for Education" campaign, which supports scholarship assistance and specialty programs.

Vegetarian, gluten-free and meat options will be available. The meal includes entrée, salad, dessert and beverage and can be enjoyed onsite or as a carry-out.

Guests are encouraged to bring nonperishable food items, which will be donated to Manna Meal as part of a food drive organized by Mountaineer Montessori students. Items of particular need are dried and canned milk, canned soups, canned meats, pasta sauce with meat and dried pasta noodles. Canned goods should have pull-top lids.

Prices are $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 and younger. For more information, call the school at 304-342-7870 or visit www.mountaineermontessori.org.

TableScapes auction

PARKERSBURG, W.Va. -- Decorators and designers have created themed table settings that will be sold at TableScapes 2013, a live auction at 7 p.m. Nov. 14 at the Parkersburg Art Center, Eighth and Market streets. The event is a fundraiser for the art center's educational programs for young people.

The tablescapes include those for holidays, children's parties and outdoor gatherings. Highest bidders win everything on the table -- linens, plates, flatware, glassware, centerpiece and all décor items.

Tickets cost $10 each and automatically enter the ticket holder in a raffle for a tablescape worth $5,000. Additional raffle tickets may be purchased. The drawing will take place during the event. It is not necessary to be present to win.

To buy tickets, call the center at 304-485-3859 or visit www.parkersburgartcenter.org.


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