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Dec. 18 Community News


Mike Shugart shared this photo of some tufts of pampas grass leaning with the December breeze on Beaumont Circle.


Monday, December 18, 2017


Soup Kitchen

The Community Outreach Soup Kitchen, 3492 Walnut St., Farmville, serves meals from noon to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday. The service is carried out by local volunteers from churches and individuals and is totally supported by donations from the community. For more information, call Janet Heath at 753-5512 evenings or 917-4563.

Wrapping fundraiser

The Humane Society of Eastern Carolina is offering a gift-wrapping station from 10 a.m.-9 p.m. from now until Dec. 24 at the Greenville Mall, 714 S.E. Greenville Blvd., outside the entrance of the women’s Belk store. For a fee, volunteers will wrap gifts for shoppers. Anyone who has already shopped can bring gifts from home that need to be wrapped. Proceeds go to the HSEC. Volunteers are needed to work at the stations. Contact Sara Sherril, volunteer coordinator at HSECVolunteer@gmail.com.

Blanket drive

The Restoring the Hoop Blanket Drive is accepting new and gently used blankets and winter coats. Restoring the Hoop is a Pitt County-based nonprofit organization that helps Native American communities, starting with the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. Drop-off locations are Quality Collision Repair East, 4792 N.C. 33; Quality Collision Repair, 4758 Reedy Branch Road; Gamboa Family Dentistry, 2207 Evans St.; and Uniforms PRN, 615 Washington Square Mall, Washington. Call 916-6546 for more information.

Coat drive

Brother’s Keeper, a volunteer-based organization whose mission is to help the homeless in eastern North Carolina, is sponsoring a Winter 2017 Coat Drive. Visit Brother’s Keeper at facebook.com/brotherskeepernc for drop-off locations and other information.

Coming Up

Festival of Trees

The Family Support Network of Eastern North Carolina will continue its annual Festival of Trees through Friday at the Greenville Convention Center, 303 S.W. Greenville Blvd. Free. Visit fsnenc.org or call 847-5120.

Blood drive

A “Scholarship Blood Drive” will be held from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday in the fellowship hall at St. Peter’s Church of Christ-Disciples of Christ, 2688 Seven Pines Road. To schedule an appointment visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-733-2767. All presenting donors will receive  a Red Cross long-sleeve holiday T-shirt while supplies last.

Alumni party

The W.H. Robinson Union Alumni Association will have their annual Christmas Party at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at the Holiday Inn, 203 S.W. Greenville Blvd. There will be dinner, dinner, door prizes, games, entertainment and dancing. Tickets are $35. For more information contact Phyllis Barrett at 252-931-1040 or Jarvis Pridgen at 443-253-9296.

Pet delivery

The Humane Society will deliver adopted pets on Christmas Eve for a fee of $75. “Christmas Eve” adoptions will not only be delivered to homes by festive HSEC staff and vounteers, but the pet will come with a holiday collar, customized name tag and a stocking filled with treats and toys. Adoptions must be approved by HSEC staff members. Some restrictions apply; contact the HSEC at hsecgeneral@gmail.com for more information.

Military retirees

Military retirees will meet for breakfast at 8 a.m. Jan. 6 at the Golden Corral, 504 S.W. Greenville Blvd. At 8:30 a.m. the group will discuss matters of interest to the attendees. For more information contact Colonel Scott Barker at scott.barker@suddenlink.net.

Community helpers

The Community Outreach Soup Kitchen of Farmville needs Christmas “elves” to help Santa for the 15th consecutive year. Gifts for children and adults, wrapped and tagged and identified by gender, and canned and boxed goods for the kitchen are also needed. Donating to the Soup Kitchen is an ideal project for individuals or church/civic groups. For more information about donating or volunteering, contact Janet Heath at 753-5512 or 817-4563 (evenings); for other information contact Cathy Holmes at 714-5930 or Emmanuel Episcopal Church at 753-3737.

Visit reflector.com/communitycalendar for a full listing of events.