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Feed and Clothe My People Accepting Donations and Applications

• Feed and Clothe My People, located at 204 N. 14th Ave in Sturgeon Bay, is now accepting applications from families who need help purchasing Christmas presents and food this holiday season. The application process will continue through Nov. 22. To participate in this program by either receiving holiday assistance or to sponsor a family by purchasing requested items, please contact Stella or Ashley at 920.743.9053.

Feed and Clothe My People is also hosting their annual Coats for Kids campaign. From now through November anyone can drop off new or gently used coats, snow pants, hats, scarves and mittens at Feed and Clothe My People or Tip Top and DeJardin Cleaners in Sturgeon Bay.

Anyone in need of a warm winter coat, is encouraged to stop by Feed and Clothe My People’s 14th Avenue Thrift Store location during regular business hours (Monday and Thursday from 3 – 7 pm or Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday from 10 am – 2 pm) with proof of Door County residency and the children who need coats and warm winter outerwear will be provided at no cost. For more information call 920.743.9053.

• Members of Christ Child Society are planning a luncheon meeting for Oct. 24 at 12:30 pm at Scaturo’s, located at 19 Green Bay Road in Sturgeon Bay. Guests are welcome.

Christ Child Society volunteers reach out to teach about Shaken Baby Syndrome to the freshman in Door County schools, baby-sitting clinics and they continue to provide complete layettes of clothing to new moms needing support. A “Best Friends” program provides stuffed animals to the police department who in turn share them with children in traumatic situations.

• The Door County Community Foundation announced that the Historic Preservation Fund is now accepting grant applications from local charities.

The Historic Preservation Fund is a partnership between the Door County Community Foundation and the Clifford and Clara Herlache Heritage Foundation.

“Door County’s history and unique culture is an enormous part of our identity as a community,” said Bret Bicoy, president & CEO of the Community Foundation. “The Historic Preservation Fund supports the appreciation, enhancement and preservation of historical landmarks and the cultural heritage of Door County.”

The Community Foundation welcomes applications from historical societies as well as other kinds of charities that want to incorporate the preservation or celebration of Door County’s history into their work.

“Thankfully, generous families like the Herlaches have made remarkable gifts to sustain our wonderful quality of life,” says Bicoy. “We hope others will be inspired to incorporate a gift to charity in their own estate plans.”

Historic Preservation Fund materials may be downloaded from the Community Foundation’s website at http://www.doorcountycommunityfoundation.org. Applications and supporting materials must be received at the Community Foundation by Nov. 22.

The Historic Preservation Fund is just one of several granting initiatives of the Community Foundation, which was launched in 1999 and currently administers approximately $6 million in charitable assets.

• What can one do for a friend, neighbor or family member suffering from an illness? Ann Bennett from Neighbor to Neighbor will be at the Door County YMCA in Sturgeon Bay on Oct. 26 at 9:50 am presenting information on how her organization can help in these situations

Neighbor to Neighbor is a non-profit organization that comforts and assists people experiencing problems arising from conditions or limitations that lead to a deterioration in their quality of life.

Wisdom Wednesday is presented by the Door County YMCA, Baylake Bank and Ministry Door County Medical Center. It is held two Wednesdays a month at the Sturgeon Bay Program Center. This is a free event open to the entire community; refreshments will be served. For more information or to register, call the Door County YMCA at 920.743.4949.

• In observance of “National Fire Prevention Week,” the Red Cross is helping families and businesses learn how to protect themselves and others from fire.

“Taking simple steps like installing smoke detectors and developing and practicing a fire escape plan can make a critical difference in saving lives, homes and workplaces,” said Steve Hansen, Regional Chapter executive.

Additional recommendations include installing smoke alarms on every level of a structure and inside bedrooms; replacing batteries in smoke alarms at least once a year and testing each alarm monthly by pushing the test button; and ensuring that household members know two ways to escape from every room and designate a place to meet outside of your house in case of a fire. Practice your plan at least twice a year.

Visit http://www.redcross.org/homefires for additional fire safety tips.

Business, too, should be prepared. Fire is the most common of all business disasters. Companies, schools and other organizations can learn how to prepare for fires and other emergencies by becoming a member of the Red Cross Ready Rating™ Program at http://www.readyrating.org.

For more information visit http://www.redcross.org or call 1.800.RED CROSS.

• The color pink is prevalent throughout the month of October, but breast cancer awareness and prevention is an important issue to The Wellness Center of Door County all year long.

The local clinic has a dedicated fund to provide mammography and other breast cancer screening services to the Door County community. Breast cancer awareness and prevention is especially important for those who have a family history of breast cancer or have any concerns about breast changes.

Established to support the early detection of breast cancer, the Sue Baldwin Fund provides financial support to men and women needing breast cancer screening, who might not otherwise seek these services due to financial constraints.

In honor of her mother’s 10-year breast cancer remission, Carrie Baldwin-Smith created the Pink Classic, a golf event that raises funds to support the Sue Baldwin Fund.

“This is a disease that impacts so many people and I wanted to make a difference,” said Baldwin-Smith. Since 2007, the Pink Classic has raised over $45,000 and has been instrumental in providing services to uninsured and underinsured Door County residents.

The Wellness Center of Door County administers the resources from the Sue Baldwin Fund and refers patients to the health care provider of their choice for mammography, ultrasound, and other diagnostic services. The fund is open to Door County residents of all ages.

For more information about the Sue Baldwin Fund or to schedule an appointment, contact The Wellness Center of Door County at 920.746.9444.

• The annual Halloween party at the Door County YMCA in Sturgeon Bay is coming up and volunteers are being recruited to help make this event possible. Over 50 volunteers are needed in Sturgeon Bay to help run the many carnival games, crafts and snack area on Oct. 21 from 6 – 8 pm.

The YMCA Halloween party is a great way for the entire family to come and enjoy some Halloween fun in a safe environment. Highlights of the party will include costume contests, inflatable bouncers, a magician, carnival games, prizes and plenty of treats. Pre-registration is not required. Fees will be $5 per family for members or $10 per family for community participants at the door.

For more information or to volunteer call Dori Meyer at the 920.743.4949.