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Written by Caren Laughlin   
Monday, 15 December 2014 11:18

DAVENPORT, IA: River Bend Foodbank is pleased to announce that Michael P Miller, Shaker Heights, Ohio, has been hired to lead the Foodbank as Executive Director. He replaces founding Executive Director, Tom Laughlin, who is retiring after 33 years of service. Mike will start at River Bend January 19.

Mike has an extensive background in food bank management, previously serving as Vice President of Operations for the Greater Cleveland Food Bank. Prior to that, Mike was COO for the Gleaner’s Food Bank of Indiana.   He grew up in Indianapolis and holds degrees in Computer and Electrical Engineering and an MBA, both from Purdue University.  He has served not-for-profit organizations for the past 10 years, first as a church administrator, and for the past six years in food banking.

“I am excited to be joining River Bend Foodbank,” Mike said. “I am convinced that if a community comes together to get all available food to those in need, no one would go hungry.  River Bend has been a symbol of hope for over 300 feeding programs throughout a 22 county service area in Iowa and Illinois.”

Mike has family in the Quad Cities area. His father is the retired pastor of First Congregational Church in Moline and currently serves as Chaplain of the Moline Police Department.  Mike and his wife, Andrea have three children, two of whom are adult and one who will be moving to the area.

“The Board could not be more pleased that the Foodbank will be under the leadership of someone as experienced and passionate about solving hunger as Mike is,” says John Weber, River Bend Foodbank Board President.

ANGEL TREE TOYS still urgently needed PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Holly Nomura   
Wednesday, 10 December 2014 13:10

Quad Cities, USA: The Salvation Army is desperately seeking enough toys to save Christmas for thousands of less fortunate children in the Quad Cities. The 2014 Angel Tree Toy Drive ends in just 7 days on Monday, December 15th. Only a small fraction of the toys needed have been collected.

The Salvation Army encourages people to add just one more child to their Christmas list…a child living in poverty.

ANGEL TREE Toy Collection Trees are located at all four Quad Cities Wal-Marts, Schnucks Market, NorthPark Mall (JCPenney Court) and SouthPark Mall (JCPenney Court) and ends December 15th. Mall times are 11am – 8pm daily, and 11am -- 5pm on Sunday.

Major Gary Felton, Quad Cities Coordinator for The Salvation Army, states that “Close to 1,500 families are depending on us. Every child in our community should wake up Christmas morning to a new toy. This final week’s hard work will hopefully be enough so we can let children know they are special on Christmas morning!”

Last year, thousands of toys were displayed at The Salvation Army’s Toy Shop on the Christmas Assistance distribution days. Parents are able to “shop” for their child’s gift, and also receive a food box with the ingredients for a Christmas dinner. This program has been in the Quad Cities for decades.


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Written by Shelley Skuster   
Tuesday, 09 December 2014 16:39

DAVENPORT, Iowa – Area Girl Scouts plan to spend this Saturday, December 13, 2014, handing out donated food and clothes to people who are less fortunate.

As part of the Girl Scouts of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois’ Year of Service challenge, the 12 year-old girls have recognized a need to help people in their community.

Since September, the Bettendorf troop has been collecting money, food and clothes to donate to area families. The girls have spent weeks making fleece pajamas for boys and girls.

This Saturday from 8:00 – 11:00 a.m., the troop will hand out items as part of a Christmas Giveaway at King’s Harvest Church located at 824 W. 3rd Street in Davenport, Iowa.

“We are thrilled to showcase the troop and the love and kindness they show to those who come to our giveaway,” said Assistant Director of King’s Harvest Ministries Margot Hary.

The hours the girls spend with this community service project will be reported online at and count toward the council’s 100,000-hour Year of Service challenge.

“We believe each hour spent helping others makes our world a better place,” said Diane Nelson, CEO of Girl Scouts of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois.


About Girl Scouts of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois: Girl Scouts is the premier leadership development program for girls where girls can have fun, make new friends and learn new things in a safe all-girl setting. Girl Scouts of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois serves over 17,000 girls in 38 counties. For more information, visit or call your local Girl Scout Leadership Center at 800-798-0833.

WQAD Anchor, Jason Fechner, attempts 24-Hours of Continuous Bell Ringing this Friday PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Holly Nomura   
Thursday, 04 December 2014 16:42

Davenport, IA: Quad Citians are invited to pay a visit to the huge red kettle on 2nd and Main in downtown Davenport when WQAD’s Anchor, Jason Fechner, will be ringing the bell and asking for donations to The Salvation Army’s Red Kettles.

Jason will do a 24-hour bell ringing marathon beginning Friday, December 5th at 6am and ending on Saturday morning, December 6th at 6am.

This year’s Red Kettle Christmas Campaign goal in the Quad Cities is $760,000, an ambitious goal needed to sustain year-round programming for critical programs and services to help individuals, families and children in need.

Various media personalities and community leaders will join Jason at the red kettle throughout the day. Please stop by and encourage him as he gives up warmth, comfort and a good night’s sleep to care for people in need.

The Salvation Army is preparing now for the Christmas Assistance Program that provides 2,000 families with a Christmas Food Box and toys for the children. There is still time to donate toys at an area Angel Tree, or make a donation, or to volunteer to bell ring.

“The Christmas Spirit is alive and well in this community. Jason is an extraordinary person who figured out a way of making a difference in people’s lives. And when he makes it to 24 hours, he will be the Iowa Record Holder for longest continuous bell ringing,” said Major Gary Felton, Quad Cities Coordinator.

TO VOLUNTEER: Call Patty Mixdorf at 563-570-2072 or go to

TO DONATE A TOY: Go to any area Wal-Mart or the malls at JCPenney Court to pick up an Angel Tag.

IF YOU HAVE THE MEANS: Donation checks can be sent to: 301 W. 6th Street, Davenport, IA 52803 or credit card gifts can be made at 1-800-SAL-ARMY.

Lagomarcino’s to Give $8,500 Check to Boys & Girls Clubs PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mark McLaughlin   
Thursday, 04 December 2014 12:09

IA/IL QUAD-CITIES – The 5th Annual Lagomarcino’s Cocoa Beano 5K race took place on October 25, with proceeds going to the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Mississippi Valley (BGCMV). Over the past five years of the race, Lagomarcino’s has given a total of $36,500 to the BGCMV. This year, a check for $8,500 will be presented to youth members of the Clubs and Tim Tolliver, Chief Executive Officer of the BGCMV, at 4:30 p.m., December 4, at Lagomarcino’s, 1422 5th Ave., Moline, IL. 

“We thank Lagomarcino’s for their ongoing support,” said Tolliver. “We truly appreciate their incredible generosity and community spirit.”

Almost 3,000 runners and walkers participated in the 2014 Cocoa Beano 5K, which started in the Village of East Davenport, went through surrounding neighborhoods in Davenport and Bettendorf, and ended back in the Village. A race completion celebration took place in Lindsay Park, where participants enjoyed hot chocolate and received awards.

This year, eight youth members of the BGCMV participated in the 5K, and other youth members volunteered during the race packet pick-up on October 24 and 25. During the packet pick-up, the members also sold race jackets from previous years of the Cocoa Beano race. Altogether, the youth members sold over 150 pieces of clothing and gained skills in selling items, invoicing sold products, and making change in cash exchanges.

Lagomarcino’s contribution will support sports, fitness and recreation programs offered by BGCMV as a component of the Five Core Values emphasized by the Boys & Girls Clubs. These Values are Character and Leadership Development; The Arts; Sports, Fitness and Recreation; Education and Career Development; and Health and Life Skills. The BGCMV serves more than 200 young people daily in the Quad-Cities area.

The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Mississippi Valley, as a chartered member of Boys and Girls Clubs of America, is a tax-exempt organization, duly qualified under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, and contributions are tax-deductible in accordance with Federal law. For more information on the BGCMV and their work in the community, call (309) 757-5777 or visit


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