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Written by Charlie Becker   
Tuesday, 15 November 2011 13:00

Petroleum Marketers and Convenience Stores of Iowa 31st Annual Cent-A-Gallon Day: Wednesday, November 23, 2011

The Petroleum Marketers and Convenience Stores of Iowa are launching their 31st annual Cent-A-Gallon Day for Camp Courageous Wednesday, November 23, 2011. One-cent out of every gallon of petroleum products sold on the day before Thanksgiving, by participating marketers, will go to Camp Courageous.

Camp Courageous is a year-round recreation and respite care facility for individuals with special needs.  Run on donations, over 6,000 individuals are served annually.

On this day, participating Petroleum Marketers and Convenience Stores will give thanks by contributing one-cent from every gallon of petroleum product sold to Camp Courageous.  “The day before Thanksgiving was picked 31 years ago,” according to Charlie Becker, the camp’s director, “because both Camp Courageous and the Petroleum Marketers and Convenience Stores have felt we have an awful lot to be thankful for and it was the perfect time to give thanks for all our blessings.”

Posters will be displayed in the windows of participating Petroleum Marketers and Convenience Stores to distinguish them as participants.  The Petroleum Marketers and Convenience Stores of Iowa encourage everyone to join with their local petroleum marketer to give thanks this Thanksgiving, by helping Camp Courageous on the day before.



Camp Courageous Annual Fruitcake Sales

Monticello, IA—The Camp Courageous Fruitcake Sale is underway. Over 75 locations have these delicious fruitcakes. Posters will be displayed in the windows of participating businesses or one can go online to get the latest location updates at

These scrumptious one-pound cakes sell for $10.00. They do not contain citron or alcohol and make wonderful holiday gifts.      They need to be stored, cut and served frozen. Fruitcakes will be sold at the various outlets from November through December. The cakes are also available at Camp Courageous or can be ordered online at the camp website. Camp will ship anywhere in the United States.

Camp Courageous is a year-round recreational and respite care facility for individuals of all ages with disabilities. The camp was built and continues to run on donations, without government support, without formal sponsorship, and without paid fundraisers. The camp will serve over 6,000 individuals with special needs this year.

West end groups provide for others PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Michael Stratford   
Friday, 11 November 2011 15:07
This Monday, November 14th, the Sugar Shack at 1939 West 4th Street in Davenport, along with various chuches and pastors in the area and the 180 Zone (an outreach ministry), will be handing out free hot dogs and chips to local kids and their families. Also, they'll have coats, shoes, gloves and hats to give away.

This will be the 7th Monday of outreach at the Sugar Shack. It is their desire to provide much goodness and care in the west end of Davenport.

The Salvation Army of the Quad Cities Announces the Angel Tree Program for 2011 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Holly Nomura   
Tuesday, 08 November 2011 13:24

Bring joy to a child this holiday

Quad Cities, USA– The Salvation Army’s Angel Tree Program is once again helping area families by collecting toys for children this holiday season. This annual holiday program provides new toys for children of families who are are having a hard time adding Christmas gifts to their budget.

Starting on Saturday, November 5, all four local Wal-Marts will have a tree decorated with paper angel tags listing the age, gender and toy ideas. Anyone wanting to participate can select an angel tag from the tree and purchase a gift for a child. New, unwrapped toys for a child, along with the original tag can be returned to any Angel Tree location. The last day you can choose an angel is December 15 to allow time for distribution by The Salvation Army.

Major Gary Felton, Quad Cities Coordinator, states, “The Salvation Army is very dedicated to helping parents maintain a sense of normalcy and dignity so Christmas can truly be a blessed event for their family. Your donation of toys, time, talent or money will be a simple act that will help to ease the challenges in another person’s life.”


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Written by Rebecca Wheeler   
Tuesday, 08 November 2011 13:20
Helping the Homeless and Domestic Violence Survivors

From November 10-24, donations to Christian Care made through will be matched dollar for dollar by the Denver Mattress Company! The company has a long history of partnering with Christian Care, and now they want to help your gift go even further. With your support, Christian Care can earn up to $2,500 which will provide thousands of meals for hungry and hurting men, women and children. Either visit the Christian Care website at and click the Denver Mattress link or go to and select Christian Care to double your gift. Again, this will only be available November 10-24, so act quickly.

Christian Care is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization whose vision is to transform lives. Through its mission of providing safe shelter, support and resources Christian Care empowers both the homeless and survivors of domestic violence to make positive changes in every aspect of their lives.

Christian Care’s two facilities—a domestic violence shelter for women and children and a rescue mission for men—serve homeless individuals, victims of domestic violence, veterans, men and women coming out of prison, and those with mental illnesses. Its Community Meal Site is open to all who are hungry for breakfast, lunch and dinner on weekdays Monday through Friday and for breakfast and dinner on Saturday and Sunday. Breakfast is served at 7:30 AM, lunch at 12:15 PM, and dinner at 6:00 PM. If you know someone in need, call the Christian Care Crisis Line at any hour of the day or night at (309) 788-2273.

For more information about Christian Care, please go to their web site at or on Facebook


11th Annual Bikes For Brains PDF Print E-mail
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Written by M. McNeil   
Tuesday, 08 November 2011 13:09

The annual Bikes for Brains campaign is officially underway.  Organizers say this year they want to raise $7,500 to buy 150 bicycles and helmets for needy children.  66 bikes will go to children in the ROE’s 33 Early Childhood Classrooms and the bulk of the remaining to Rock Island Head Start families.  Some of those families are recent immigrants and refugees from war torn nations.  Children in those families tend to be slightly older and need bigger and more expensive bikes.  The group will also be gifting qualified children identified by the Children’s Therapy Center, Youth Hope, Winnie’s Place, and The Project.

Mark your calendar for Monday, Dec 19th for the give away from 10:30 to 5:30 PM at the Martin Luther King Center located @ 630-9th Street in Rock Island.  Anderson’s Bookfair Company in Aurora, Illinois has agreed once again to provide several gently used books for each of the children.  And the Quad City Pilot Club will provide helmets and safety lessons via a puppet show throughout the bike giveaway day.

Each year Bike ‘N Hike, Queen’s Parlour, and the Rock Island County Regional Office of Education (ROE) team up for this special campaign.  According to Sheila Burns, with the ROE, local donors continue to make this fund drive very successful every year.  “More than one thousand children have received their first bike because of this project. We have a loyal group of folks who donate every year. We want to thank each and every contributor no matter what the contribution!”

A bike with training wheels costs about $50. Donors can contribute any amount toward a bike.  Donations can be dropped off or mailed to:

Queen’s Parlour
171-19th Avenue
Moline, IL 61265

Donors can make check payable to: Bikes for Brains

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