Rotarians visited 28 schools and provided dictionaries to 1,975 students. A copy of the book is also given to each of the teachers for us in the classroom.Members of the Fort Wayne chapter of the University of Dayton Alumni Association and volunteers will bring the joy of Christmas to children locally 2-4 p.m. Dec. 8 at the Fort Wayne Urban League, 2135 S. Hanna St. Monetary donations will be accepted for supplies. Call Lauren Caggiano at 466-6218 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.Heritage Park is holding a drive to collect new hats, gloves or mittens and scarves for children in Kindergarten through high school. Items may be dropped off through Dec. 19 at 2001 Hobson Road. Call 484-9557 for more information.In recognition of Veterans Day, D.O. McComb & Sons Funeral Homes has donated the “Lest They Be Forgotten” DVD series to the Allen County Public Library. The DVD series honors the sacrifices made by World War II veterans on Omaha Beach and Iwo Jima.A project to raise $50,000 for the construction of a new orphanage in Haiti has been extended for the University of Saint Francis' Formula for Life student group. To date, $34,000 has been raised. The university has established a giving link on its website to receive electronic donations from community members who wish to help. Donations can be made at https://commerce.cashnet.com/sf-fw-in.
Also, the organization Food for the Poor will provide one or two shipping containers for donations of construction supplies, surgical supplies and bulk food for direct receipt by the Rev. Andre Sylvestre, the Haitian orphanage director. Those who wish to donate should contact Professor Amy Obringer, the university's Formula for Life faculty adviser, to make sure the donation fits the Haiti project. Contact her at email@example.com or at 399-7700, Ext. 8210. Donations can be taken through Jan. 10.The Rescue Mission will host its annual Thanksgiving dinner noon-3 p.m. Thursday at 301 W. Superior St. The meal is provided free of charge and open to the public.Michael Wartell, chancellor emeritus of IPFW, is the 2012 recipient of the Whitney M. Young Service Award. The Scouting Outreach Committee of the Anthony Wayne Area Council, Boy Scouts of America, named Wartell as this year's recipient. The award is named for civil rights leader Whitney M. Young Jr., who was president of the National Urban League from 1961-71. It recognizes outstanding service to youth from urban, rural or low income backgrounds.The Kroger Co.'s northeast Indiana stores will support the “Coats 4 Kids” campaign again this year in collaboration with WPTA, Channel 21; radio station WBTU, U.S. 93.3-FM; Peerless Cleaners; and The Volunteer Center. The campaign runs Monday through Dec. 9. Donated items will be cleaned and distributed in the local community. Collection bins have been placed at the front of all northeast Indiana Kroger and Scott's stores for donated gloves, mittens, scarves, hats and coats (new or gently used). The greatest need is for sizes 6-14. In addition, fans who bring a coat to donate to a Komets game on Thursday or Saturday will receive 10 free Chuck-a-Pucks for use that night.Fort Wayne Animal Care & Control, the Allen County SPCA and Subaru will hold an adopt-a-pet event 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday at Subaru, 5000 Illinois Road. Adoption fee is $10.