Home Depot workers help mother again
Remember the Home Depot workers who donated a swing set — and helped put it together — for the boys of a single mother with aggressive breast cancer? Well, they weren't finished. Last week, workers from the Home Depot store at Ridge and Little Roads returned to Maria Rotella's apartment to put mulch around the swing set, plant gardens, deliver fencing for the yard, make a sandbox for the boys and deliver a glider swing for their mother. The glider and fencing were donated by the Ancient Order of Hibernians of Hillsborough Division No. 1 through a store associate who is a member of the organization. Associates from the store also donated Easter baskets, toys and bed rolls for the boys, Tikal Jordan, 4, and Benicio Jordan, 3. The point of the project is to keep the boys occupied while their 27-year-old mother deals with the chemotherapy treatments that zap her energy.
Earth Day party set for Saturday
Gather up those old thermometers from the bathroom drawers and kitchen cupboards, and bring them to the Earth Day celebration Saturday at Crews Lake Park, 16739 Crews Lake Drive. Covanta Energy will hand out $5 gift cards for every mercury-based thermometer or thermostat that is turned in. While the items are harmless if used properly, the mercury can become dangerous if it's improperly disposed of. This year's Earth Day celebration, from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., will also feature kids' crafts, a native plant sale, rain barrel demonstrations and environmentally conscious vendors. The day will culminate in the release of 10,000 ladybugs, a colorful display of environmentally friendly gardening.
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Habitat thrift shop holds open house
West Pasco Habitat for Humanity is hosting an open house festival from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at its ReStore thrift shop, 3531 Grand Blvd. (at Moog Road). The event will feature a volunteer recognition ceremony, a live band, jump house, food and games, and display of the Habitat playhouse that will be given to a lucky winner. Shoppers can also find bargains at the ReStore, which has quality used and surplus building materials for sale. For information, call (727) 859-9038 or (727) 843-8786.
Preventing child abuse is the goal
Pasco Kids First will recognize Child Abuse Prevention Month with an event at 4:30 p.m. Thursday at the Pasco Kids First Office, 7615 Little Road. The campaign goes beyond making people aware of the issue of child abuse and neglect. It engages people to act to prevent it from ever happening in the first place. The event will include remarks by Rick Hess, executive director of Pasco Kids First, and the distribution of pinwheels, the symbol that every child deserves the chance to be raised in a healthy, safe and nurturing environment. For information about Pasco Kids First, visit www.pascokidsfirst.org or call (727) 845-8080.
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