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Collecting dental hygiene products for the residents of Pine Ridge Reservation. Toothbrushes, toothpaste and dental floss would be much appreciated. This reservation is located in southwestern South Dakota and is considered the poorest reservation in the country in the nation. For more information, call Mary Hopkins at 472-1052.

Memory Lane accepting donations

Memory Lane Boutique is accepting donations of furniture in good condition, jewelry, and fall decor. All donation proceeds benefit Central Wyoming Hospice and Transitions patient care. Donations can be dropped off Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the administrative building, 319 S. Wilson Street. CWHP is also in need of quilts and handmade knitted or crocheted blankets for the patients, sized to fit twin size beds and yarn of any color for the knitting group.

Joshua’s needs drivers

Joshua’s needs some volunteer drivers for the food rescue program. The drivers would have morning routes to local businesses to pick up donated food for the food pantry. If you would like to volunteer, please contact CEO Kim Perez at at 262-0242.

Fleece blanket project ongoing

Volunteers with the Fleece Blanket Project have made 795 blankets since January 30, 2016. The blankets have been given to people who are homeless, struggling, sick and in need of comfort and warmth. Blankets have also been given to agencies that provide services to those in need of comfort and warmth. Each blanket is made by loving hands by volunteers of all ages who want to make a difference in the community. Anyone who would like to cut and/or tie fleece blankets is welcome at First Christian Church, 520 CY Ave., on the third Saturday of each month (September 15, October 20) from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. This is an ongoing event and volunteers are encouraged to come for an hour or two or the entire time. Donations of fleece are always appreciated, as two yards of printed and two yards of solid are used for each blanket. Please contact First Christian Church at 234-8964 or Debbie Mestas at debmestas@gmail.com for more information.

Quilts of Valor meets

Crossroads Quilt Group for Quilts of Valor meets from 1 to 4 p.m. Wednesdays at the Senior Center. Do you sew? Help is needed making quilts to award to and honor the veterans of foreign wars. Meeting from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Casper Senior Center. The cost is $5 per year to join, but you may assist without joining. Nominate a veteran to receive a quilt of valor. Call for a nomination form or information. Contact Linda Tackett at 253-0110.

Teen Challenge Wyoming plans expansion

Adult and Teen Challenge Wyoming is pleased to announce it has achieved re-accreditation in 2018 with a score of 98 percent.

Adult and Teen Challenge USA is a national Christian ministry in 261 locations with a 60-year history of helping people struggling with addiction. Adult and Teen Challenge Wyoming was initially accredited in 2016.

Research has shown that Adult and Teen Challenge is the most successful drug and alcohol program in the United States, with graduates maintaining an 80 to 85 percent sobriety rate five years after graduation.

Adult and Teen Challenge Wyoming has connected more than 45 people seeking treatment for addiction with out of state Christian programs. Work is underway in Wyoming to create a men’s five-week induction program in the Hulett area and a center for women and children in central Wyoming.

In Casper, community groups are offered to help adolescents and adults with life-controlling issues, including drug and alcohol abuse. Individual and family Christian counseling also is available. For more information call Pat Boyer at 258-5397.

Joshua’s receives beef donation

Joshua’s Storehouse extends a huge thank you to Jared and Jenny Hamilton of Wyoming Custom Meats, Inc., for their donation of 658 pounds of beef. They have helped to feed a lot of hungry people.

Library employees help Joshua’s

Joshua’s wants to show its appreciation and say thank you for all of the hard work by the Natrona County Library employees with their Food For Fines food drive. They collected over 1,740 pounds of food. Wow and thank you hardly seem enough. Your hard work will help feed a lot of hungry people. Thank you for keeping it local.

Joshua’s needs volunteers

Joshua’s Storehouse is looking for volunteers. The food pantry is short on help and can use some volunteers to join the team. If you would like to help feed the hungry in Natrona County, please call Tanee, the warehouse manager, 265-0242. Thanks for helping to keep it local.

Accepting supplies

Anyone who has unwanted or even partially-used art-related supplies, tools, easels, frames, books, finished art, etc. is invited to bring them to Art 321 any Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. You will be provided with a tax receipt for the value of your donations and a promise to get your items into the hands of artists who can use them while raising valuable operating funds for Art 321.

Bosom Buddies offers custom chemo caps

Bosom Buddies of Wyoming, a volunteer knitting group, has been providing knitted bosoms free of charge for several years to cancer patients in need of comfortable prosthetics. In addition to the knitted bosoms, Bosom Buddies has also knitted chemo caps for patients, in all sizes, colors and patterns also free of charge. Caps have been placed in various locations in Casper and they are always available, along with the bosoms, at Windblown Fibers, 220 East Midwest Ave.

At a recent meeting, members decided to custom knit the chemo caps to the specific needs of patients (men, women or children), and have them choose their size, color and pattern. An effort will made to make sure this item exactly suits the patients’ needs and comfort and will have photos of different caps available to help in the selection process. There is a rainbow of colors and several patterns. Stop by Windblown Fibers to order your custom chemo cap or to ask any questions, contact Bosom Buddies of Wyoming through its Facebook page.

Host families needed

Casper Five Trails Rotary Club is in need of host families for youth exchange students. There are two outstanding young men coming from different countries and need families to host each one of them throughout the coming high school year 2018-2019. Each family usually hosts for three months, so the exchange students can get the experience of different life styles here in this country. This program helps these kids learn about American culture as well as teaches about their culture. If you are interested in this exciting program please contact Brian McCash at 259-3444 or email at bmccash@aol.com.

Thanks for computer

Art 321 thanks Make-A-Wish Wyoming for its recent donation of a gently-used computer. The gift will be used in many ways, but first and foremost, it will allow computerization of the list of hundreds of art-related resource books and DVDs in the Art 321 lending library, making it easier for borrowers to locate exactly what they are looking for. The wonderful gesture of nonprofit sharing and good will is truly appreciated.

Klunkers needed

Poverty Resistance, 450 S. Wolcott, is in need of donated vehicles, alive or dead. Cars, trucks, other motorized vehicles, camper trailers and motor homes are needed. Fixing up what can be fixed and passing them on to low income folks. Some for transportation, some for housing. For more information, email Mary Ann Budenske at mbudenske@aol.com, PM her on Facebook or phone her at 307-215-4732.

David Street Station seeks volunteers

David Street Station is launching its Ambassadors Program. The Ambassadors of David Street Station will be a group of volunteers who are critical to the operations and success of the facility and events. Ambassadors will provide many different types of support to the David Street Station staff, including onsite assistance and facility upkeep.

If you are looking for a way to get involved in a thriving community and give back to this amazing city through volunteering and hands‐on work, David Street Station would love to have you be a part of its community.

Before volunteering, ambassadors are required to view a short orientation detailing job opportunities, onsite information and responsibilities.

Ambassadors will receive volunteer opportunities and communications through e‐mails, Facebook groups, and, potentially, phone calls and text messages. Though ambassadors are not expected to be at all events, staff is especially looking for volunteers who will provide assistance at multiple events throughout the year and who are advocates and promoters of David Street Station.

As a thank you, volunteers will receive a free David Street Station T‐shirt.

If you are interested in learning more or becoming an ambassador, visit www.davidstreetstation.com/beinvolved or contact Jackie Landess at jackie@downtowncasper.com.

Trapper’s Route gets new signs

The Bureau of Land Management is installing signs along the roads and trails within the Trapper’s Route Special Recreation Management Area (SRMA).

These signs will reflect decisions made in the 2006 Trapper’s Route SRMA Management Plan, which was developed through a public process in which the BLM welcomed and valued the public’s diverse views. All roads and trails that were designated for recreational use will be marked with white arrows. Any roads or trails not designated for recreational use will be signed accordingly.

For more information contact Rhen Etzelmiller at 261-7641.

Food of the month

Wyoming Food for Thought Project invites you to be the change as part of the local solution to hunger. There are recommended food items to donate every month. Even when school is out for summer, it’s a lot of work feeding local children through weekend food bags, as well as the USDA Free Summer Meal Program, and community dinners and events.

November, instant oatmeal; December, crackers.

Thank you for being a part of the local solution to hunger.

To learn more about the programs, to give time, donate food or funds, or for a tour, call 307-337-1703.

Donate garden items for kids

Youth who attend the Boys & Girls Club of Central Wyoming are getting their hands in the dirt and learning how to grow their own food from seed-to-table in a raised-bed garden project. As with any educational, hands-on project, it takes the proper equipment and supplies to make it successful. The club has teamed up with Sutherlands in Casper for a garden supply drive. Patrons of Sutherlands can purchase needed items and donate them at the register. Requested items include things like soil, hand tools, gloves, hoses and more. A full list is available at Sutherlands, 4015 CY Ave., or online at www.bgccw.org/GardenDrive. The drive continues until all items are secured.

The garden project at the club was started in 2017 with the help of the community. Last year, club members grew enough food to provide produce to 160 members every Friday during the summer. This year, the goal is to provide each member with the option to enjoy garden-grown fruits and vegetables from a salad bar at every lunch throughout the summer. In addition, members will also be able to take fresh produce home to their families once a month, providing kids a sense of accomplishment as they personally contribute to the health and well-being of their family.

For more information about the Garden Supply Drive contact Amy Crawford at 235-4079.

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