Friday, August 17, 2012
Roanokers complete training; Red Cross receives donations
Have you heard?
'Have you heard?'
- Urban Professional League debuts awards for professional achievement
- Wells Fargo makes 2 donations in area
- Dancing with the Valley Stars dancers step up donations
- Seniors may renew vows on Feb. 14 at Elm Park Estates
- Kroger customers donate $10,000 to effort aimed at fighting cancer
Two Roanoke Valley high school graduates recently completed basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio.
Airman Kerry Humphrey is a 2006 graduate of William Byrd High School, and Airman Kaitlin Beckner, who earned distinction as an honor graduate, is the daughter of James and Sherri Beckner, of Roanoke, and a 2011 graduate of William Fleming High School.
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The Roanoke Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross recently received two gifts totaling $26,000.
The Earl D. and Carrie Leigh Doran Fund of Foundation for Roanoke Valley gave the Red Cross a grant of $16,000 to assist families in the Roanoke Valley who have been affected by catastrophic events.
Wells Fargo gave the chapter $10,000 to support its disaster relief program. The gift enables the Red Cross to prepare for and provide shelter, food, emotional support and other assistance in response to disasters.
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Refugee resettlement, immigration, adoption, counseling, foster care and the St. Francis House food pantry — all services offered by Commonwealth Catholic Charities — will benefit from the annual Labor of Love 5K run/walk along the Roanoke River this year.
The Labor Day event starts at 10 a.m. at the Reserve Avenue field.
During the past year, Commonwealth Catholic Charities resettled more than 175 refugees, worked on adoption placements for 129 youngsters, provided food to more than 4,100 children and worked with 110 children in advanced foster care in 40 foster homes.
The organization also provided counseling for children of refugee or immigrant parents and a bilingual counselor to assist families in dealing with family issues.
Activities during the Sept.3 event include music, magic, a soccer demonstration and lunch. Participants in the 5K run and 1-mile walk also will receive T-shirts.
The early registration fee — before Aug. 27 — for the run is $20 and $10 for the walk. After that date, the fees rise to $25 for the run and $15 for the walk. For registration or more information, call 342-0411 or visit cccofva.org.