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Mobile food bank to distribute food at Clarkston High School Dec. 19

Clarkston High School is partnering with Second Harvest to "take on hunger 'til no kid is hungry" this holiday season. A mobile food bank will distribute food boxes to both Clarkston High School and Lincoln Middle School students and their families on Friday, December 19 from 11:15 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the CHS cafeteria, located at 401 Chestnut Street.

The Second Harvest Mobile Food Bank provides fresh, nutritious produce and other food staples to local communities by focusing on students in need and their families. No appointment or documentation is needed for CHS and LMS students and families wishing to receive food boxes.

"This time of year can be especially difficult for many students whose families struggle to make ends meet," said CHS Principal, Eric Anderson. "We are grateful for this partnership with Second Harvest to make sure no student goes home hungry."

Holiday Heroes Food Drive returns to Lewiston Rosauers

Each year, the Lewis-Clark Valley makes efforts to feed those in need with food drives and donations and 2014 is no different.

The fourth annual Holiday Heroes Food Drive will take place on Saturday, December 20 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Rosauers in Lewiston. The goal for the drive is to provide at least 250 bags of pre-packaged food to local people in need.

Customers of the Rosaurs will have the opportunity to purchase these bags for $20 each.

Since the Holiday Heroes Food Drive's inception, the Lewiston community has purchased over 1,000 bags of food to benefit their neighbors all over the Lewis-Clark Valley. 

Help Clarkston High School FFA "Stock the Trailer"

Help Clarkston High School FFA "Stock the Trailer"

The Clarkston High School FFA will host a "Stock the Trailer" food drive on Saturday, December 13 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the Clarkston Albertson's parking lot.

Members from the CHS FFA will be collecting non-perishable food items for the Asotin County Food Bank to help assist local families obtain meals during the holidays. Their goal is to fill a 12 foot stock trailer with food items that will be donated to the food bank.

Clarkston FFA Advisor, Ms. Cami Browne, said the students are eager to spread some holiday cheer to local families in need.

"The National FFA's focus this year is Hunger Heroes," Browne says. "Their goal is to be able to provide 2.5 million meals to people nationwide. Our local chapter is trying to help local families in need during the holiday season."

The Clarkston Albertson's is located at 400 Bridge Street. For more information, contact FFA Advisor Cami Browne at 509-758-5591.

A Holiday Happening fund raising event for St. Boniface Catholic School

A Holiday Happening fund raising event for St. Boniface Catholic School

St. Boniface Catholic School in Colton, WA will host "A Holiday Happening" fund raising event on Saturday, December 6th, from 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

The event will include 24 different vendors offering a variety of different products. Event organizer, Andi Keller, said the event will be a good way to both help the school make extra money, as well has give people a chance to get their Christmas shopping done in one place.

Some of the event's vendors will include, Scentsy, Lila's Jewelery Made with Love, Mary Kay, Photos by Marlin, and Jamberry.

The vendor's booth fees will go directly to the school, and the vendors will also have the opportunity to donate any profit they make. The event will also have lunch available for purchase, a bake sale, and gift wrapping. The proceeds for these areas will go directly to the school. This event is one of three major fundraisers the private school puts on annually to help raise money to ensure it stays open. 

The event will be held at the school at 306 Steptoe Street in Colton, WA. Any questions can be directed to Andi Keller at 509-330-A 1094 or by email at andikeller11@gmail.com.

INBC and PSBC host Apple Cup Blood Drive competition

INBC and PSBC host Apple Cup Blood Drive competition

Cougar and Huskies fans have yet another reason to get competitive this week. This year, the Inland Northwest Blood Center (INBC) and the Puget Sound Blood Center (PSBC) have teamed up host an Apple Cup Blood Drive to see which fan base can donate the most blood for Washington.


Along with providing one group of fans additional bragging rights, donors will have a chance to win one of two $500 Visa Gift cards. INBC's Marketing Communication Officer, Elizabeth Giles, said as of Friday, Husky fans led by 100 donations, but the Cougs still have plenty of opportunities to catch up this week.


Local finalist in PETA's Sexiest Vegan over 50 contest

Local finalist in PETA's Sexiest Vegan over 50 contest

When you hear vegan, what's the first thing that pops into your head? It's probably not “sexy,” but that's what PETA is trying to change with their current competition for Sexiest Vegan over 50. The field has been narrowed down to just 14 men and women from around the US and one of them is from right here in Spokane.

Atania Gilmore is marking her two-year anniversary as a vegan this month. She's a runner and says it was another runner's book that encouraged her to make the change for what she calls selfish reasons.

“As a runner you're always looking for an edge,” she said.

Gilmore says it was “Eat and Run,” a book written by ultra-marathoner Scott Jurek that inspired her. In the book, Jurek explains that his record setting speeds to his vegan diet.

“I'm a turtle when I run,” said Gilmore. “I wanted to be faster so I thought it was worth a try.” So she decided to give it a try for the 30 days leading up to Thanksgiving and see if it made a difference.

Non-profit volunteer fair at Clearwater Casino

Non-profit volunteer fair at Clearwater Casino

If you've been looking to get involved in the community, an upcoming fair at the Clearwater Casino is the perfect place to start.

IdaVend broadcasting, with the help of the Clearwater Casino, is hosting the “Non Profit Connect Fair” on Friday, October 24.

From 2-5 pm, the public is welcome to come and connect with nearly 100 local and regional non-profit organizations. Once there, individuals can learn how to volunteer for and organization as well as what function that organization serves the community.

If you work for a non-profit or local school or governmental agency and would like to reserve a booth space at the fair, you can contact Morgan Carson at IdaVent Broadcasting at (208) 743-1551 or email her at mcarson@idavend.com.