Saturday, April 21, 2018
News Roundup

Briefs: Join in Holiday Mail for Heroes to cheer military personnel

Holiday mail for soldiers: The American Red Cross is collecting cards that send words of encouragement and gratitude to the military. Until Dec. 7, mail cards and letters to Holiday Mail for Heroes, P.O. Box 5456, Capital Heights, MD 20791-5456. Visit redcross.org/holidaymail

Hospital helpers: St. Petersburg General Hospital needs volunteers for the information desk from 4 to 8 p.m. daily. Call Anita Brown at (727) 341-4848 or stop by 6500 38th Ave. N and visit the information desk.

Mainsail applications: Artists wanting to exhibit at the 38th annual Mainsail Festival can submit applications at zapplication.org or mainsailartsfestival.org. The deadline is Saturday.

Nominations for the Business of the Year: The Tampa Bay Beaches Chamber of Commerce will recognize one business from these categories: nonprofit, women/minority owned, small business (1-20 employees or less), medium business (21-100 employees) and large business (more than 100 employees). Forms can be downloaded at tampabaybeaches.com. The deadline is Dec. 14. For information, call (727) 360-6957, ext. 24.

Senior Dining Network: Senior citizens can enjoy a hot, nutritious lunch, socialize and partake of activities at 10 dining sites. Programs include information on insurance issues, hurricane preparedness, senior rights and current events. Seniors must be a registered diner with Neighborly Care Network, 60 or older and live in Pinellas County. Free transportation is provided to the closest dining site if needed. You must register 72 hours in advance to participate in the dining program and receive transportation. For information, call (727) 573-9444.

Clothes to Kids has an immediate need for young boys pants, sizes 6-12; boys athletic shoes, sizes 12-6; and warm jackets. New or gently used clothes and shoes can be dropped off between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at 3251 Third Ave. N., Suite 145, St. Petersburg. Cash donations are also needed for purchasing clothing in short supply and new underwear. Volunteers always welcomed. For information, call (727) 327-7100 or visit clothestokids.org.

Volunteers needed: The annual Holiday for Heroes will be held Saturday at Davidoff of Geneva, 3001 Gateway Centre Parkway in Pinellas Park, in honor of Army Spc. Brittany Gordon, who died in Afghanistan. Before the event, volunteers are needed at drives to gather items needed by troops overseas, for fundraising, writing letters of encouragement, packing boxes and donating items. For information, call Lynn Hawkins at (727) 452-6791.

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