100 Spays to Christmas
Saving Graces 4 Felines, the Pitt County Animal Shelter and McMillans’ Animal Care of Greenville are partnering to spay 100 cats between now and Dec. 25. Pitt County residents can send in applications for feline spays, rabies vaccines and microchips. Paid services will also be available. To apply for assistance, fill out the online application at www.savinggraces4felines.com. No phone calls will be accepted.
Festival of Trees
The Family Support Network of Eastern North Carolina will hold its annual Festival of Trees now through Dec. 25 at the Greenville Convention Center, 207 S.W. Greenville Blvd. View trees decorated by professional decorators, community groups and sponsors. The groups 30th anniversary Holiday Gala will be held at the Convention Center in honor of the event’s sponsors on Dec. 9 with an appetizer buffet and a silent and live auction. Tickets are $50 per person or $75 per couple. Tree sponsors receive two gala tickets. To sponsor a tree, buy gala tickets or for more information call 252-917-4110 or email email@example.com.
Tree light collection
Martin Enterprises will host a collection of burned out Christmas tree light strands during the 2016 holiday season. Bring your burned out lights to Walmart, 4600 E. 10th St., and drop them off in the blue collection carts donated by Waste Industries. For more information visit www.martinenterprises.org, call 252-792-8251 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Coat and blanket drive
New and gently used coats and blankets will be accepted through mid-January for a “Restoring the Hoop Coat and Blanket Drive.” Items will be sent to Native Americans at Pine Ridge in South Dakota. Monetary donations to help with shipping will also be accepted. Drop off locations are Quality Collision Repair, 4792 N.C. 33 East; Quality Collision Repair, 4758 Reedy Branch Road, Winterville; Gamboa Family Dentistry, 2207 Evans St. and Uniforms PRN, Washington Square Mall, 719 W. 15th St., Washington.
Holiday Artist Market
The Emerge Gallery and Art Center, 404 Evans St., will hold its annual Holiday Artist Market from Dec. 2-18. The exhibit will showcase the work of local artists with a wide variety of handmade items for sale. Proceeds will benefit the Youth Public Arts Project. For more information call 551-6947 or email email@example.com.
HSEC Gift Wrapping
The Humane Society of Eastern Carolina (HSEC) will hold its gift wrapping fundraiser from through Dec. 24 at the Greenville Mall, 714 S.E. Greenville Blvd. Hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon-6 p.m. Sundays and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Christmas Eve. Bring in your holiday gifts to be wrapped, whether you purchased online or at the mall. All proceeds will benefit HSEC.
Great Toy Take Away
Volunteers and donations are being sought for the Great Toy Take Away to be held from 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. on Dec. 17 at the Greenville NC National Guard Armory, 1401 N. Memorial Drive. Sign up to volunteer at signup.com. Donations are being accepted at Sound Feet Shoes, Eastern Plumbing, Plaza Service Center, the ECU Human Performance Lab, the Derek Perry AllState Insurance office, the Matt Smith AllState Insurance office and the Neal Evans AllState Insurance office.
Narconon offers services to help people overcome addiction in their family. Learn to recognize the signs of drug abuse and get help for loved ones if they are at risk. Call 1-800-431-1754 for a free brochure on the signs of addiction for all types of drugs, free screenings and referrals.
Pitt County is distributing Crisis Intervention Program funds available for citizens who need assistance with utility bills. Apply from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays at 203 Government Circle. Applications will be received until funds are depleted. Call 902-1110 or 902-1111.
The Association of Mexicans in North Carolina is seeking volunteers for upcoming community events. The organization spreads cultural awareness in the Latino community, bettering education and leadership and helping provide health information to Latinos living in eastern North Carolina. Call 252-757-3916, 252-258-9967 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Threads of Love
Threads of Love, a group that sews, knits and crochets items for preemies and sick babies staying in local hospitals, is looking for new members. The group meets at 9 a.m. on the second Tuesday of the month at the Council on Aging on County Home Road and 9 a.m. on the fourth Tuesday of the month at Marlboro Free Will Baptist Church, Farmville. Participants are asked to bring yarn, fabric or notions the group can use. Contact Carolyn Harrison 252-753-5775.
The American Cancer Society is seeking volunteers to help provide patients with rides to treatment centers. Volunteers must have a safe and reliable vehicle, a valid driver’s license, proof of automobile insurance, a good driving record and attend A Road to Recovery volunteer training. For more information, or to coordinate a ride for a cancer patient in need, call 1-800-227-2345.
Wish-granting volunteers are needed for the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Eastern North Carolina. Wish granters visit the family and help determine the wish of the child with a life-threatening medical condition while explaining wish procedures. For more information, contact Lisa at 919-821-7111 or email@example.com.
The Radio Reading Service of Eastern North Carolina needs volunteers to read newspapers to the blind on a broadcast to sight-impaired people in eastern North Carolina. Preferred minimum obligation is one and a half to two and a half hours a week at the studio on Memorial Drive in Greenville. For more information, call 633-5725 or visit www.rrsenc.com.
Peace Garden Bricks
The Mediation Center of Eastern Carolina offers engraved bricks to be placed in its community peace garden at Sheppard Memorial Library on Evans Street to honor peacemakers and to raise funds for the organization’s efforts. The City of Greenville Public Works Department designed the garden and maintains it. Money collected for the bricks pays the center’s work through programs such as Teen Court, Mediation and Building Peace in Schools to solve problems related to violence and cultural differences. Call 758-0268 or visit www.mceconline.org/about/programs/peace-garden.
Drivers for veterans
Volunteer drivers are needed to provide transportation for wounded and disabled veterans to and from the VA Medical Center in Durham. Call 252-814-6515 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wigs for awareness
The Rho Zeta Zeta chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority is collecting new wigs for the American Cancer Society to distribute to women experiencing hair loss due to cancer treatment. Wigs with tags attached may be mailed to P.O. Box 930, Greenville, NC 27834. Email email@example.com.
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