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Wednesday, October 31, 2012 12:01 am
Group Dekko made a monetary donation to the Garrett Police Department, which will aid in the purchase of a K-9 for drug enforcement.The Alzheimer's Association's Indiana Walk to End Alzheimer's events raised $1.4 million for care, support and research programs.The American Red Cross is collecting and distributing cards that send words of encouragement, gratitude and cheer to military personnel, veterans and their families through Dec. 7.Cards may be signed noon-4 p.m. Sunday, East Noble High School, Kendallville; 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Nov. 9, Hallmark, 13021 Apple Glen; 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Nov. 10, Hallmark, 535 E. Dupont Road; regular store hours Nov. 12-17, Firefly Coffee House, 3523 N. Anthony Blvd.; 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Nov. 16, Hallmark, 719 Northcrest Shopping Center; and 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Nov. 30, Hallmark, 6206 St. Joe Center Road.

Cards also may be mailed to: Holiday Mail for Heroes, P.O. Box 5456, Capitol Heights, MD 20791-5456.The 11th annual Great Tree Canopy Comeback takes place at 10 a.m. Saturday at Foster, McMillen, Repka, Metea and Heatherwood parks. Volunteers may register at 417-3804 or www.fortwayneparks.org.Biolife Plasma Services' employees will collect items for Operation U.S. Troop Support from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday and Nov. 10 at Gander Mountain, 6043 Lima Road. The items will be sent to U.S. soldiers serving overseas and to injured soldiers recovering stateside.

Items needed by soldiers include wools socks, beef jerky, letters of support, toiletries, snacks and lip balm. For a complete list of needed items, go to www.operationustroopsupport.org and click on the “How Can I Help” tab.

Cash donations also are welcomed to help with shipping costs. Checks should be made payable to Operation U.S. Troop Support, Inc.Community Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Indiana will collect food and funds for Turkey Rally 2012 5-11 p.m. Thursday at 999 E. Tillman Road. Frozen turkeys, hams, holiday food items and monetary donations will help provide holiday meals to those who are struggling this year.Early Childhood Alliance's Plank-A-Palooza! fundraiser raised $10,500 for parent programs to benefit children and families in the community.

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