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Adopt-A-Family Effort Provides Cheer to Less-Fortunate

Adopt-A-Family-Effort-Provides-Cheer-to-Less-FortunateThanks to the generosity of Franciscan St. Margaret Health-Dyer and Hammond employees and community business-partners, hundreds of area residents will enjoy merrier a holiday season, thanks to an Adopt-A-Family program that is in its 26th year. Names of needy families are given to hospital departments, which in turn purchase and wrap gifts that are later delivered to recipients’ homes.

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Junior Girl Scouts Donate to Toys for Tots

Girl-Scouts-Troop-17-Toys-for-Tots-2014Fifth grade Junior Girl Scouts in Troop 17 at Memorial Elementary School in Valparaiso wanted to help out children who might not get any gifts this Christmas. They decided to spend $225.00 of their hard-earned cookie money to buy gifts for those children less fortunate. Adult leaders Kelly Maldia and Julie Dombrowski took them on a field trip to purchase the toys and donate them to Toys for Tots.

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Porter County Community Foundation Makes a Difference

Grants2-2014The Porter County Community Foundation is able to make a difference in Porter County through grants. “Grantmaking is one way in which we are able to leverage the generosity of our donors to have an even greater impact than any one of us could accomplish on our own,” said Barb Young, Foundation President. “While we award grants throughout the year, it always seems more special around the holidays.”

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St. Teresa of Avila and Cafe Manna to Host Free Christmas Dinner on Christmas Day 2014

Free_Christmas_Meal-1St. Teresa of Avila/Cafe Manna will be hosting a free meal on Christmas Day. It is open to anyone that would like to attend. We will be serving from 1:00pm-2:30pm. We are located at 1604 Lincolnway in Valparaiso. RSVP's are not required, but appreciated. Please call 464-4042 to RSVP.

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Flint Lake Helps Fund Reading Buddies Program

Reading-Buddies-2014 2Reading, cute stuffed animals, and charity. Those aren't three words that are normally put together, but at Flint Lake Elementary they are synonymous. On Wednesday morning at Flint Lake Elementary second grade students presented a check of $234.16 to the Porter County United Way to help fund the Reading Buddies program to other schools around the county.

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Bargain Barn is Participating in 2014 Toys for Tots

rot1Did you know that Bargain Barn is a Toys for Tots drop of location? Yup! We want to make sure that EVERYONE gets gifts for the holidays.

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A Valpo Life That Matters: Tina St. Aubin

tina-st-aubinValparaiso is a community gifted with many amazing leaders and citizens. Yet, if there is one individual who can be attributed with true dedication to the improvement and well-being of our community, it is Tina St. Aubin. As Executive Director of Valparaiso Events, she has a hand in everything from the Farmer's Market in the summer months, to the Popcorn Fest in September, to any other fun, enticing happenings going on downtown. It is evident that Valparaiso would not be thriving as it is now without the hard work and passion St. Aubin has dedicated to our community.

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