Steamboat Briefs: Coats available at LIFT-UP Food Bank to those in need

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Clean, warm winter coats are available free to anyone who needs a coat — one per person — from 1 to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at the LIFT-UP Food Bank. The Food Bank is at the Lufkin Lift-Up Center, 2125 Curve Court, just down the street from Cook Chevrolet. Call 970-870-8804.

Final blood drive of 2010 set for Nov. 11 at YVMC

The last 2010 Steamboat Community Blood Drive is from 12:30 to 6 p.m. Nov. 11 at Yampa Valley Medical Center. To schedule an appointment, call Bonfils Appt. Center at 1-800-365-0006, opt. 2, or sign up online at www.bonfils.org using site code 0234. Walk-ins are welcome after 2:30 p.m. as space permits. Eat a full meal and drink plenty of water before donating blood.

Church collecting gifts for Operation Christmas Child

Concordia Lutheran Church will serve as a collection point for Operation Christmas Child again this year. Through Operation Christmas Child, Steamboat Springs residents will help send shoe box gifts to more than 8 million children in 100 countries suffering from natural disaster, war, terrorism, disease, famine and poverty. From Steamboat Springs, the shoe box gifts will be sorted and sent to suffering children around the world.  

Operation Christmas Child uses tracking technology that allows donors to watch the box go to the destination country, where it will be delivered to a child in need. To register shoe box gifts and find out what country they are delivered to, use the EZ Give donation form found at www.samaritanspurse.org.

Concordia hopes to collect 400 boxes this year. The church will accept the boxes from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Nov. 15 to 19 and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 20 and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 21. De­tails about what to pack in the boxes are at www.samaritanspurse.org.

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