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Red Cross Holiday Giving: Top 3 gifts to give PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Gail McGovern   
Thursday, 20 December 2012 12:59
One of the things I love the most about our annual Holiday Giving Catalog is that there truly is a gift for everyone on your list.

We offer such a wide range of gifts every year because so many people rely on us for help. Here are a few incredible gifts that will help us meet our biggest needs in 2013:
  • When a violent tornado forces a family to seek shelter, a hot meal can go a long way in making life feel a little more normal. Give 3 hot meals now ($30).
  • Members of the military wounded in battle face a long, uncomfortable journey home, often without any personal items – that’s why our military comfort kits include phone cards, shower shoes, toiletries and more. Give a military comfort kit now ($50).
  • After facing disaster, people come to us exhausted, scared, and carrying nothing but the clothes on their backs. But a day in a Red Cross emergency shelter – including food, blankets, a cot, a toothbrush and more – can give them the strength and support they need to face the challenges to come. Give two full days of emergency shelter now ($100).

When it comes to the holidays, it’s the thought that counts – and a gift that honors your loved one’s compassion and kindness is the most thoughtful gift of all. Visit today and give a meaningful, tax-deductible gift this holiday season.


Gail McGovern
President and CEO, American Red Cross

Salvation Army Christmas Distribution Event PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Holly Nomura   
Tuesday, 18 December 2012 15:53
Quad Cities, USA: The Salvation Army of the Quad Cities Christmas Assistance Program –- offering a Christmas food box and toys to families who signed up in November -– is The Salvation Army’s largest outreach event each year.

The Angel Tree collection is finished, and the toys will now make up the toy shop in which parents can choose toys for their children. Over 2,000 children will have a brighter Christmas morning because of this community’s generosity and support of this program.

The Food Boxes were packed on Friday night – 2,300 of them – and families and individuals comprised of 6,288 people will have food in their cupboards, and a nice Christmas meal on their table.

Generous Quad Cities residents, businesses and civic groups make this program possible with their donations.

For 2012, the Food Box Distribution and Toy Shop will occur by appointment only.

The press is invited for interviews and filming of this program on:

Davenport Corps, 3400 W. Central Park Drive
Tuesday, December 18, 2012 9am – 4pm
Wednesday, December 19, 2012 @ 9am - 4pm

Heritage Temple Corps, 2200- 5th Avenue, Moline
Wednesday, December 19, 2012 @ 10am – 4pm

About the Salvation Army

The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination since 1865. Nearly 33 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the
disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. About 83 cents of every dollar raised is used to support those services in nearly 9,000 communities nationwide. For more information about local programs, go to


Royal Neighbors to name $500 surprise Nation of NeighborsSM recipient at Quad Cities Autism Center PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Lynnette Meincke   
Tuesday, 18 December 2012 15:44

(Rock Island, IL)— Representatives of Royal Neighbors of America will make a surprise $500 check presentation to Michelle Smyth, founder of the Quad Cities Autism Center in Moline. The funds from Royal Neighbors’ Nation of NeighborsSM Program will go toward furthering Michelle’s education within the field of Applied Behavior Analysis.

When Michelle’s son was diagnosed with severe autism at age 2, she struggled to find help for him. After facing many closed doors, she decided she would have to provide the help herself. She learned about Applied Behavior Analysis therapy, that, according to the U. S. Surgeon General, is the most effective treatment for children diagnosed with autism. After other parents learned of her son’s progress and asked her for help, she opened the Quad Cities Autism Center, and has since served over 75 children and their families.

The more education Michelle receives, the more she can help her son and other children and also train young women who have a passion for making a difference in the life of a child.

What: Surprise $500 check presentation

Where: Quad Cities Autism Center, 2430 6th Ave., Moline, IL

When: Wednesday, Dec. 19, 10 a.m.

Local contacts: Lynnette Meincke, (563) 340-7419

Media is invited to attend: Meet in the Center’s gym at 9: 50 a.m.

Focusing on its history of standing strong for women, Royal Neighbors has given more than $1 million to assist 900-plus families and individuals in reaching their goals and rebuilding their lives through its Nation of Neighbors Program. The program, which was launched in 2007, demonstrates the neighbor-helping-neighbor philosophy on which Royal Neighbors was founded in 1895.

Through the 2012 program, determined women of strength and courage are empowered with financial assistance to achieve their full potential, realize a sense of renewed personal growth, and give back to their communities. Each year, Royal Neighbors members and sales agents across the country are asked to nominate individuals they know who want to change their lives for the better. A panel reviews each nomination and determines the recipients and the monetary amounts awarded.

Royal Neighbors of America, one of the nation’s largest women-led life insurance companies, exists for the benefit of its members. It offers insurance products to fulfill financial needs of growth, savings, and protection. Members receive valuable benefits and can participate in volunteer activities through the organization’s local chapters to help make a difference in their communities. The organization’s philanthropic efforts are dedicated to changing women's lives through its national programs, including the Nation of NeighborsSM Program, and through the Royal Neighbors Foundation, a 501(c)(3) public charity.

Headquartered in Rock Island, IL, with branch offices in Mesa, AZ, and Austin, TX, Royal Neighbors serves more than 200,000 members and is licensed to do business in 42 states and the District of Columbia.

For more information about Royal Neighbors of America, call (800) 627-4762, or visit


maurices Launches Custom Holiday Postcards, Plush to Support the American Cancer Society This Season PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Monica Hendrickson   
Monday, 17 December 2012 15:02

Duluth, Minn. – National women’s fashion retailer maurices is inviting customers and the community to support the American Cancer Society Hope Lodge® program.

A network of 31 lodges located in 21 states and Puerto Rico, Hope Lodge provides a home away from home by offering free lodging and support to cancer patients receiving treatment far from home, as well as their caregivers.

maurices is proud to offer a fun new way to help raise awareness and funds for the Society’s Hope Lodge program.

Now through December 20, customers can personalize and send a free photo postcard with the Ink Cards app to loved ones anywhere in the world. For each one created, maurices will contribute $1 to the Hope Lodge program, up to $50,000. For more information on creating a card today, customers are encouraged to visit

maurices will also support Hope Lodge through its seventh annual sale of a custom plush, this year named Hope the Hound. Designed exclusively for maurices, Hope the Hound retails for $6, of which a minimum of $3 from each sale will be donated to Hope Lodge. The cuddly plush is available online and at maurices’ 840 locations now through January 31, or while supplies last.

Each year, Hope Lodge saves more than 41,000 patients and caregivers a combined $26 million in lodging expenses. The network of lodges has 970 patient rooms, and the average stay is four to six weeks.

Jessica Jeffers benefited from Hope Lodge in 2011 when she relapsed after treatment for Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. Jeffers spent 62 days at Hope Lodge in Minneapolis, Minn., while receiving a stem cell transplant.

“Between the staff, volunteers and other patients Hope Lodge gave me such a supportive environment. It was the perfect place for me to process the emotions of my cancer relapse,” said Jeffers.

Brad Hartmann, chief creative officer at maurices, said the company is honored to help thousands of other people just like Jessica who have been impacted by cancer. “We’re excited to continue adding new and innovative programs while keeping holiday traditions, such as our custom plush, to support free lodging for cancer patients and their caregivers. We are hoping to raise $250,000 to for this great cause.”

In November, maurices was awarded the Excellence in Philanthropy Award from the American Cancer Society, which honors corporations that have provided $1 million or more to the Society in the previous calendar year through a combination of corporate contributions, in-kind support, cause marketing, sponsorships and event fundraising.

“We are very grateful maurices has stepped up to support the American Cancer Society Hope Lodge program,” said Roshini George, national vice president of health promotions for the American Cancer Society. “Its financial commitment and continued involvement will help contribute to our goal of saving lives from cancer and creating a world with more birthdays.”

Follow this link to view and download a high-resolution photo of Hope the Hound and to tweet or share this news.

About maurices
, a brand of Ascena Retail Group, Inc. (NASDAQ - ASNA), is the leading hometown specialty store and authority for the savvy, fashion-conscious girl with a twenty-something attitude. Today, maurices operates over 833 stores in 46 states and Canada. maurices stands for fashion, quality, value and customer service. Offering sizes 1-24, our styles are inspired by the girl in everyone, in every size. For store information and to shop online, visit

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Written by Holly Larson   
Monday, 17 December 2012 14:49
PORT BYRON, IL - The Nick Teddy Foundation is thrilled to announce it has been chosen as a recipient of a grant from TransCanada in the amount of $1,000.00.

"We are proud to be part of the energy and enthusiasm surrounding this community initiative,” said Doug Larson of TransCanada.

Regional Safety Specialist Dustin Enright with Executive Director of Nick Teddy Foundation

“I continue to be overwhelmed by the support and generosity of others,” said Executive Director of the Nick Teddy Foundation Holly Larson. “It’s great for TransCanada to get on board to help us make a difference in the lives of those affected by Ewing's Sarcoma.”

The grant will assist the Nick Teddy Foundation in providing funds for the Liddy Shriver Sarcoma Initiative. The Liddy Shriver Sarcoma Initiative works to award sarcoma research grants to expert investigators around the world.

The Nick Teddy Foundation was established in 2012 in memory of Nicholas Theodore Strub, 29, who fought a courageous battle against the rare cancer, Ewing’s Sarcoma.

Additional photos and interviews are available upon request You can find us online at:, on Facebook ( and on Twitter (

Contact: Holly Larson, Nick Teddy Foundation
309-798-3081 / This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Doug Larson, TransCanada

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