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Community support

Wednesday, December 5, 2012 - 12:01 am

Stuff-A-Bus benefits nonprofits

The Neighborhood Food Network of Associated Churches received 7,965 pounds of food and $350 in cash donations from the WLDE Fun 101.7 Stuff-A-Bus Radiothon held Nov. 19-21. An additional 730 pounds of medicine cabinet items were collected for The Franciscan Center.

Turkey success

The Franciscan Center announced it served approximately 1,400 families at its annual “Turkey Tuesday,” the Tuesday before Thanksgiving that its food pantry is open.

Zoo scholarship

The Fort Wayne Zoological Society is accepting applications for the Lawrence A. Ackerman Scholarship, which bestows a one-time $2,000 award to a college-bound high school senior pursuing an animal-related career.

The scholarship award is based on an applicant's character, commitment to the stewardship of animals, financial need and scholastic achievement. Graduating high school seniors in Adams, Allen, DeKalb, Huntington, Kosciusko, LaGrange, Noble, Steuben, Wabash, Wells and Whitley counties in Indiana are eligible to apply.

Applications are available at http://kidszoo.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/ackerman.pdf or by calling 427-6800 or visiting the school guidance office. Deadline is Feb. 1.

Gift-wrap fundraising

Barnes & Noble at Jefferson Pointe is offering nonprofits the opportunity to provide gift-wrapping services to their customers for donations. Barnes & Noble provides the customers, location and wrapping supplies. All the organization needs to provide is the volunteers, and they keep all the donations collected during their shift.

The B&N gift-wrapping program runs through Dec. 24 and good time slots are still available. Contact Susan Derr at 432-2123 or crm2036@bn.com.

ArtsLab gains funds

The American Electric Power Foundation has granted Arts United $300,000 for the construction of the next phase of development on the downtown arts campus, ArtsLab. ArtsLab is specially designed for small theatrical productions, music, dance, temporary art exhibits and educational programming.

Letters to Santa

STAR Bank has set up mailboxes for children to submit letters to Santa through Dec. 17. The mailboxes are set up at all of STAR Bank's 15 offices in northeast Indiana.

“Letter to Santa” forms are available at the bank for children to complete. The bankers will assist children in writing their letters to Santa before dropping them in a special mailbox set up at the branch. Children will receive a personalized letter from Santa confirming receipt of their letters.

Locals serve in AmeriCorps NCCC

Zachary Huneck and Benjamin Doan, both of Fort Wayne, recently began a 10-month term of service in the National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC), an AmeriCorps program.

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