During the 2013 holiday season, the American Red Cross asks Cedar Rapids residents to support its mission by giving something meaningful. Community members can offer hope to those in need by donating blood at the seventh annual Cedar Rapids Holiday Blood Drive at the Cedar Rapids Marriott, located at 1200 Collins Road NE. While the need for blood is ongoing, the supply isn't, especially around the holidays. On average, the Red Cross must collect about 15,000 pints of blood every day to meet the needs of hospital patients in Iowa and across the country. All blood types are needed, especially types O negative, A negative and B negative. To make a donation appointment, please call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org. 12/16/13 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. located at Cedar Rapids Marriott: 1200 Collins Road NE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52402 Contact Name #1 = Brian Gomez Contact Phone #1 = 608-298-6071 Contact Email #1 = email@example.com Contact Address #1 = 4860 Sheboygan Ave., Madison, WI 53705 Contact Name #2 = Dani Grabe Contact Phone #2 = 319-721-7522 Contact Email #2 = firstname.lastname@example.org Contact Address #2 = 6300 Rockwell Drive, Cedar Rapids, IA 52401
Friends Helping Friends Foundation of CR is having PAWS for the Holidays Auction Night. This is the 4th annual holiday auction to support the homeless animals of the Cedar Rapids Animal Care & Control. Some of the many exciting gifts available for auction include: Riverside and Isle Casino overnight packages for two, dozens of toys & treats pet packages from local veterinarians, boarding kennels, and obedience programs; automotive care; golf packages and family entertainment get-aways; Theatre CR and Symphony tickets paired with dinner at top local restuarants; spa gift baskets; breathtaking jewelry; plus games and toys for the kids. You name it, it'll be there for you to bid on. Tickets are $25/person. Hors d'oeurves and cocktails will be served. All proceeds will support the many needs of the homeless pets of our community. The event will be held Saturday, December 14th, from 7-10 pm at the Shores Event Center. 700 16th Street NE, Suite L100. Many of the animals that come to the shelter are in need of specialized veterinary care to make them healthy and adoptable. Funds from this event will support those efforts. Funds will also help provide the animal enrichment features of the new facility that the City budget could not cover, as well as educational opportunities for staff, volunteers and the general public. Contact Name #1 = Diane P. Webber Contact Phone #1 = 319-286-5908 Contact Email #1 = email@example.com Contact Address #1 = 2109 North Towne Lane NE, Cedar Rapids, IA
'Fill the Plate' is an ongoing effort to subsidize the federal (Older Americans Act) funding required for senior dining sites and home delivered meals in the Heritage Agency on Aging area. This funding has been the same for almost 15 years and the costs of delivering the service is significantly more. Our seven county region will be shorted 53,000 meals in this fiscal year without additional help. 'Fill the Plate' will host a series of events December 6 - 8, which hopefully will end with a telethon. The funds will go directly to the nutrition program and zero to administration. and benefits 7 counties. Linn, Johnson, Benton, Iowa, Washington, Jones, Cedar Contact Name #1 = Dawn Pettengill Contact Phone #1 = 319-610-3412 Contact Email #1 = firstname.lastname@example.org Contact Address #1 = PO Box A, Mount Auburn 52313 Contact Name #2 = Tim Getty Contact Phone #2 = 319-398-5559 Contact Email #2 = email@example.com Contact Address #2 = Heritage Agency on Aging, 6301 Kirkwood Blvd SW, Cedar Rapids 52404 www.kirkwood.edu/filltheplate
Tannenbaum Forest has over 40 live Christmas trees all decorated by local businesses and organizations. Santa and his live reindeer make several appearances, there is live music during the weekends, a nativity scene, St. Nick's Cafe and Wreaths for Wishes, which is a silent auction of over 30 donated wreaths. An admission charge is not required, we only ask for a donation for a local child that has been selected to make their wish come true through Eastern Iowa's Make a Wish Foundation. This is a wonderful, family friendly event that many return to year after year. Held at Festhalle Barn in the Amana Colonies.
The “Love Lights” celebration is held at the Dennis and Donna Oldorf Hospice House of Mercy each year in honor of the patients, families, staff, volunteers and the community that support the Hospice of Mercy’s mission. This event is both a fundraising program for the Hospice of Mercy as well as an opportunity to celebrate the lives touched by Hospice of Mercy. Hospice of Mercy’s “Love Lights” trees are the center of the celebration. Each single light shares a gentle glow, while together creating a shining brilliance of hope for all. The tree lighting, carols and cookies will be held at the Dennis and Donna Oldorf Hospice House of Mercy at 315 18th Avenue, Hiawatha. A community appeal is key for this Hospice of Mercy event and fundraising endeavor. A special memorial ornament will be added to the tree in honor of loved ones. Hospice of Mercy invites a high school choir to sing at the event. Xavier high school students are invited to assist with serving cocoa and cookies.
Nature's Noel is an annual fundraising event sponsored by the Nature Center Guild featuring holiday decorations made from fresh greenery (wreaths, centerpieces, kissing balls, roping and more), frozen handmade cookie dough and hors d'oeuvres, and HJ Heinz/Quality Chef soups to make holiday entertaining a snap; an auditorium filled with beautiful gift ideas from local vendors; Noel's Attic crammed with gently used, vintage holiday decor and gifts, and more! All proceeds support Nature Center programming and restoration efforts. Held at the Indian Creek Nature Center in Cedar Rapids.
2nd Annual Jingle Bell Run/Walk is held on Dec. 7, 2013 at Napoleon Park/Terry Trueblood Area, Iowa City. The event includes a timed 5k run and untimed walk. The Jingle Bell Run/Walk is a holiday theme event for the whole family. Participants are encouraged to dress in holiday fare and many of them do. Fun for the whole family including the family dog because dogs get arthritis too.
The Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics Iowa (SOIA) Polar Plunges in Coralville and Cedar Rapids. Individuals and teams sign up to plunge as Polar Bears or as Chickens (who do not plunge). Costumes are encouraged, and everyone has fun while raising money for SOIA athletes. SOIA athletes, eastern Iowa businesses, college students and other supporters are part of the plunges. If we are selected as a SYC recipient, former Iowa Hawkeye football player Tim Dwight would be featured in the PSA to promote the Coralville and Cedar Rapids plunges. Polar Plunges are one of the most popular fundraising events for Special Olympics Iowa. In past years, many people indicated they saw the PSA spot on KCRG and it encouraged them to participate in a plunge.
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