Charitable Cyclist on Cross-Country Mission to Bring Awareness to the “Care for Rare” Foundation Passes Through Marshall County

Photo Source: Plymouth Fire Department FB Page

A German cyclist and former firefighter is riding across America to raise awareness of rare diseases afflicting children all over the world.

In coordination with the Munich-based organization “Care for Rare”, Jörg Richter embarked on his journey back in April, leaving from San Francisco. Continue reading

In Need of Volunteers, Director of Kid’s Closet Ministry Discusses Program with Local Officials

The Kid’s Closet Ministry provides helpful resources such as clothing, hygiene products and school supplies to children across Starke County and it takes a lot of kind, dedicated people to make this possible.

Director Linda Lewandowski recently provided presentations to both the Knox City Council and the North Judson Town Council, explaining the specifics of the program as well as highlighting the need for more volunteers. Continue reading

Million Meal Movement Gives ISP Resources to Help Feed Hoosier Families

Corporal Daniel Avitia Picking up meals for the Lowell District

ISP Troopers are now better equipped to provide help when they’re dealing with people in need of nutrition assistance.

At the beginning of this month, the Million Meal Movement provided the Indiana State Police with more than 300 meal packets that contain enough nutrients to feed a family of four. Continue reading

Starke County COAD Seeks Community Leaders to Serve on Their Board

Starke County COAD is looking to establish a board that will be responsible for running operations.

Starke County EMA Director J. Nier has been getting the organization off the ground but she said ultimately, it is meant to be run by community members. Though the idea was brought up during their meeting Tuesday night, the current members decided to wait to establish a board until more members are in attendance. Continue reading

Year-End Tax Tips from the Internal Revenue Service

For most tax payers, December 31st is the last day to take actions that will impact 2017 tax returns, according to the IRS.

For instance, charitable contributions are deductible in the year made. This means donations charged to a credit card before the end of the year count for the 2017 tax even if the bill isn’t paid until 2018 and checks made to a charity count for 2017 as long as they’re mailed by the last day of the year.

Taxpayers are urged to refrain from preparing their tax returns until all necessary forms and documents are received. Needed documentation includes W-2 forms from employers and 1099 forms from banks and other payers. Continue reading

WorkOne Kids’ Coat Drive Distribution Scheduled to Start Today

WorkOne is working hard this holiday season to show their continuous commitment to our communities.

Aside from the educational and occupational assistance they provide year round, during the month of November, the Knox and Winamac locations have been hosting kids’ coat drives to collect winter apparel to help local children in need this time of year.

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American Heart Association Seeks Donations for the Little Hats, Big Hearts Program

Can you knit or crochet? Your skills are needed to help the American Heart Association with their Little Hats, Big Hearts program.

Now through December 31st the AHA is collecting knitted or crocheted red baby hats to distribute in Indiana hospitals in the month of February, American Heart Month. The program is meant to raise awareness of heart disease, the number one killer of Americans and congenital heart defects, the most common birth defect in the country.

They are seeking hats for newborns and preemies made of red yarn that is either cotton or acrylic, medium to heavy weight that can be machine washed and dried. Don’t worry if you’re not the knitting or crocheting type, yarn can also be donated to the cause. Continue reading