Etcetera - 10/31/11

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The annual collection of shoe box gifts that are given to millions of children around the world who live in difficult situations due to war, extreme poverty, natural disasters, disease or being orphaned will be Nov. 14-21 say relay center coordinators Dan and Janet Clark of Walla Walla.

Individuals and members of community groups, service clubs, businesses, schools and churches may pack shoe boxes with school supplies, clothing items, small toys, hygiene items, candy and a small stuffed animal or doll.

These simple gifts can be life changing for a child, according to the Clarks. Last year 2,020 shoe boxes were donated in Walla Walla. The goal this year is 2,200.

Internationally, 8.5 million boxes were distributed in 100-plus countries last year.

Locally, shoe box gifts may be delivered to the Relay Center at Northwest Collision, 1330 W. Poplar St., or Community Bible Church, 203 S. Second St., Dayton.

For hours of operation, check out www.samaritanspurse.org or call Janet and Dan at 529-7178 or 301-4041.

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Walla Walla Public Schools Week in Review reported that the District netted 7,000 pounds of non-perishable food for the Realtors Association Care and Share Food Drive.

Peter Swant, the food drive coordinator, said he was impressed with the district's effort and looks forward to continuing the partnership for years to come.

Food barrel collections at each school will be active through today.

Lincoln High School teacher Lori Finn coordinated the "Fill the Bus" event and Walla Walla High School teacher Shelley Mann organized food collections during Wa-Hi football games.

Dedicated staff helped make this year's food drive a "temendous success," the Review item reported.

Fill the Bus brought in 4,636 pounds, which is up 500 pounds from last year.

The truck at football games at Borleske Stadium brought in 2,557 pounds.

Altogether, 32,057 pounds was donated according to the preliminary grand total.

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The Walla Walla School District will partner with The Moms' Network for a free parent workshop series on Your Child's Health. It will be 7 p.m., Nov. 9 at the YMCA, 340 S. Park St. Pediatrician Dr. Trent Rogers from Walla Walla Clinic will speak. Childcare is free and translation services will be offered. Reserve a spot by contacting Beth Swanson at 509-301-7471 or beth@themomsnetworkww.com.

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