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Operation Santa Claus call for sponsors and donors

CONCORD – State employees are preparing for the 62nd year in a row to organize Operation Santa Claus, a statewide program that coordinates with the Department of Health and Human Services to deliver gifts children receiving state services.

Now in its 62nd year, Operation Santa Claus serves more than 3,000 children across the state with more than 500,000 gifts. Dozens of retirees and volunteers from different state agencies are working around the clock starting in late summer to ensure a successful year for OSC, founded by the Association of State Employees in 1960. The success of this program is made possible through generous donations and sponsorships. members of the Association of State Employees, the National Guard, community volunteers and, of course, anyone who wants to help.

With fewer funds and more children in need, donations have more impact than ever. Therefore, new sponsorships are requested; if you are interested in sponsoring a child, direct contributions are preferred and can be made by visiting the Government Employees Association website at https://seiu1984.org/osc/.

For more information on the Operation Santa Claus project, visit www.facebook.com/OperationSantaClausNH Where www.operationsantanh.org. Help make this Christmas season memorable for children and families in New Hampshire.

Families First and Goodwin Community Health Need Gift Cards

PORTSMOUTH — Families First and Goodwin Community Health are requesting gift cards for our patients and customers. Our staff works directly with customers to discern their needs and provide assistance. Your gift card donation helps us meet the personal needs of our customers and break down barriers to healthy living. Here is a list of the gift cards needed:

$10 gas cards, to go to medical appointments

$10 pharmacy cards, for medication or prenatal vitamins

$20 Wal-Mart Cards

$25 grocery cards, for food and formula

$25 Amazon cards, for the necessities of people with limited transportation

To donate any of these items, please contact Lisa Zhe at lzhe@familiesfirstseacoast.org.

Thanksgiving Pie Sale

BERWICK, Maine – The library’s annual Thanksgiving Pie Sale will take place beginning Tuesday, November 22 at 9:30 a.m. We will have pies, bread, and other goodies available for purchase. Bakers can check in at the loan counter to whip up a treat or two. All money raised helps support the library. The bake sale will continue on Wednesday, November 23 if items are still available. The library also has a collection of pie plates for bakers to borrow. Stop by anytime to buy one.

Crowns Across America in Fremont and East Kingston

EAST KINGSTON — To remember, honor and teach is the mission of the Wreaths Across America program. Through this program, wreaths are placed at the gravesites of veterans during the holiday season. Wreaths Across America would like to lay wreaths at veterans’ graves in Fremont and East Kingston. About 350 veterans are buried in Fremont and East Kingston. With your help, we can honor each of them with a wreath of remembrance. Wreaths are $15 each. Ten dollars pays for the construction and delivery of the crown. The remaining $5 will be used to support two local veterans centers that serve the needs of our homeless veterans.

Assistance can come in different ways. Community members and groups are needed to unload the truck when the wreaths are delivered, to place the wreaths at the burial sites in December and remove them in the spring, and to purchase one or more wreaths. We not only encourage adult participation, but look forward to the participation of our youth.

Please order a crown or offer your services. Your donation will not only remember and honor fallen veterans, but will also provide food, shelter, clothing and training for our homeless veterans. Please call Gerry Tilley at 603-479-0798 for more information.

Help our homeless veterans

EAST KINGSTON — East Kingston Community United Methodist Church and Peoples United Methodist Church, in cooperation with public libraries in Fremont, East Kingston and Brentwood, NH, are sponsoring a campaign to help two alumni centers veterans who serve homeless veterans, Liberty House in Manchester, NH and the Veterans Northeast Outreach Center in Haverhill, Mass.

The following items are needed: soap, shampoo, deodorant, toothbrushes, toothpaste, shaving cream, hand lotion, knitted and crocheted hats for men, women and children, quilts, afghans and sleeping bags. All donated items must be newly purchased or manufactured.

Please direct your donations to these collection sites: East Kingston Public Library, Fremont Public Library, Mary E. Bartlett Public Library in Brentwood, NH, Fremont Town Hall, East Kingston Town Hall, the Peoples United Methodist Church in Fremont, NH, and the East Kingston Community United Methodist Church. Note: quilts, afghans and sleeping bags can only be accepted at the Mary E. Bartlett Library in Brentwood, NH

The campaign will start on Monday, November 14 and run until Thursday, December 15. For more information, please call Gerry Tilley at 603-479-0798.

Become a sponsor of the Thankful Giving campaign

SEACOAST – Become a sponsor of the Thankful Giving campaign for Big Brothers Big Sisters of New Hampshire today. Our goal is to raise $100,000 during the month of November. Who have been the mentors in your life? How have they helped you achieve your goals? Honor them by supporting BBBSNH and the young people we serve. BBBSNH is changing the lives of young people in our community by providing them with a one-on-one mentor to give them the confidence to dream big! For more information or to become a sponsor, go to https://give.bbbsnh.org/campaign/thankful-giving-campaign-2022/c425321.

Sneaker donations wanted

HAMPTON – Hampton United Methodist Church, 525 Lafayette Road, Hampton, collects lightly worn, used and new sneakers. The sneakers we collect will help raise funds to support our outreach and mission projects, as well as help our environment by keeping sneakers out of landfills. Sneakers can be dropped off at the church office Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. If you want more information, please check our website, hamptonnhumc.orgcall the church office at 603-926-2702 or email hamptonumc@myfairpoint.net.

Portsmouth Public Library Coat Swap

PORTSMOUTH – The Portsmouth Public Library invites you to “get into the holiday spirit by helping members of the community by donating your unwanted cold weather clothing”. Dépôts (175, av. Parrot) between Monday, Nov. 21 and Wednesday, Nov. 23. Those interested can drop by the library between Nov. 28 and Jan. 7. Free and open to all.

Cat Tails is looking for donations

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SEABROOK – Get to Know Cat Tales Rescue is a local 501©3 non-profit organization dedicated to rescuing and rehabilitating homeless felines. Last year, Cat Tales rescued over 900 cats and over 1,000 were adopted in 2021. Cat Tales had a very busy kitten season in 2022. While they were hoping for it to end, a large number even more young people performed. recently.

Currently, donations are needed to repair the next 24 kittens. Please visit: https://www.venmo.com/u/Cat-Tales-1 or visit the website www.cattalesnh.org. Your continued support is greatly appreciated. All animals deserve a safe and caring home. Cat Tales works to achieve this reality.

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