Second Chance Restoration Ministries, 19235 Cortez Blvd., will host a Free Day for the needy beginning at 10 a.m. today. New and used clothes, school uniforms, shoes, toys and electronics are some of the items that will be given away. There will also be free refreshments. Call (352) 340-6857 or (352) 585-6881.
Love Your Neighbor's free community dinners are from 4 to 6 p.m. Mondays at the Rising Sun Cafe, 10 S Main St. Volunteers should arrive at 3 p.m. Call (352) 428-9275. The ministry's Donation Station, a food pantry and "pay what you can" donation-only thrift store, is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday at 408 W Jefferson St. Volunteers and donations are needed. Call (352) 428-8738. Donations of materials and volunteers are needed to build wheelchair ramps and emergency home repairs for indigent elderly and disabled people. Call (352) 942-4371.
Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 6193 Spring Hill Drive, will host a backpack giveaway sponsored by area ministries and civic groups from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 18. About 1,000 free backpacks filled with school supplies will be given to children age 5 to 18 who attend school in Hernando County. School supplies, hot dogs and buns are needed for the event, which will include food, water, musical entertainment and displays. Volunteers are needed to fill backpacks at 6 p.m. Friday at the church. Call (727) 808-4096.
Behind the Stone Ministries has a weekly food assistance distribution in the parking lot of New Song Worship Center, 6001 Deltona Blvd. Food, clothing and other necessities are distributed at 5 p.m. each Thursday. Call John Stramiello at (727) 808-4096.
Temple Beth David, 13158 Antelope St., will have an open house beginning at 2 p.m. Sunday. Visitors can meet Rabbi Lenny Sarko as well as members of the congregation, tour the sanctuary and Judaic library, and visit the gift shop. Also, registration will be available for children age 4 to 16 for the religious school that will begin Aug. 19. The temple has a reform congregation and offers teaching and activities for all ages. Shabbat services are at 8 p.m. Fridays and 10 a.m. Saturdays. Call (352) 686-7034.
Springs of Life Family Church, 4157 Mariner Blvd., is seeking donations of school supplies and good condition school clothes for its annual Great Exchange, which will be from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Aug. 18. Along with the opportunity for parents to exchange clothing that no longer fits their children, there will be games and refreshments. Call (352) 238-8690.
Information for the Religion Calendar may be emailed to Gail Hollenbeck at [email protected], faxed to (352) 754-6133 or mailed to Hernando Times, Religion Calendar, 15365 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville, FL 34613. The deadline is 10 working days before the event or reservation deadline. Information cannot be published if the time, date, physical address, ticket price, contact person and phone number are missing. For information, call (352) 754-6112 and leave a message.