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Veterans Memorial Tribute Program Monday, Jan. 26 at Washington State Veterans Cemetery

A ceremony will be held on Monday, January 26th, to recognize 48 Spokane area veterans who have died and not received the rendering of Military Funeral Honors.

The ceremony will take place at noon at the Washington State Veterans Cemetery in Medical Lake. Honors will include unfurling of the US flag, a rifle volley and the playing of TAPS.

 

The community is invited to attend to pay final respect and honor to these men and women who have sacrificed to provide the American people with freedom. The ceremony will be held in the Committal Shelter which is not heated, so those in attendance should dress accordingly.

 

During Monday’s service, there will be one veteran who had ties to the local area and died alone back East. A local friend has requested adding him to the list and will be here to receive a flag in his honor.

2nd Harvest launches first ever milk drive

2nd Harvest launches first ever milk drive

2nd Harvest will launch its first ‘Give A Gallon’ milk drive. The drive will take place from January 14 to January 20 at all Yoke’s Fresh Markets.

 

The goal of the drive is to provide much needed fresh milk donations to families and seniors who rely on food banks. According to Feeding America, these families receive less than one gallon of milk per person per year.

 

Customers will be invited to pick up a scan tag at the specially marked display stands inside the store. Their purchase of milk will be distributed to Second Harvest, which supplies food to a network of 250 food banks and meal programs.

 

Gonzaga coach Mark Few needs votes to win $100,000 for the Community Cancer Fund

Gonzaga coach Mark Few needs votes to win $100,000 for the Community Cancer Fund

Gonzaga University Men's Basketball Coach, Mark Few, is participating in the Infiniti Coaches' Charity Challenge for a chance to win $100,000 for the Community Cancer Fund.

 

However, Coach Few will not be able to win this challenge alone. In order to win the $100,000 the public will need to cast their votes in Coach Few's favor.

 

Few is one of 48 NCAA basketball coaches competing in the Infiniti Coaches' Charity Challenge. As of Monday, January 5th, fans have been able to head to www.VoteCoachFew.com to cast their votes to help advance him in the competition.

 

Local non-profit receives homelessness grant

Shalom Ministries, a Spokane organization that provides meals and services to the poor and homeless population, was recently awarded $30,000 from Inland Northwest Community Foundation to administer the Shalom Pathways Program (SPP).

SPP is a tiered approach for Shalom diners to help themselves by helping feed other guests and perform the many tasks required to meet a demand for more than 4,000 free meals each month.  

Program goals are to meet basic needs, provide homeless people with opportunities to assist and serve their peers, reward and support sobriety, increase financial stability, and offer housing and training.

The public may learn more by attending St. Lucy’s free breakfast at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 24, 2015.  For reservations and more information contact Deidre Jacobson at 509-710-0204 or by email at healingpen@comcast.net

Free parking and shuttle service for First Night Spokane patrons

Free parking and shuttle service for First Night Spokane patrons

Patrons celebrating New Year's Eve with First Night Spokane will be able to take advantage of free parking and shuttle service at Washington State University's Riverpoint Campus on Wednesday, December 31, 2014 from 3:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m.

With the purchase of a First Night button, patron's may park for free at the Riverpoint Campus' "Yellow lot", and take a shuttle to all the activities downtown.

The Riverpoint Campus Yellow Lot is located just east of Downtown Spokane at 412 E. Spokane Falls Blvd.

Buses will depart from the lot every 10 minutes, taking riders to various venues throughout the First Night footprint.

Shuttle service will begin at 3:00 p.m. and run until 1:00 a.m.

The shuttle service and free parking are provided by Spokane Transit Authority and Washington State University- Riverpoint Campus.

Spokane Humane Society asks for more volunteers in 2015

Spokane Humane Society asks for more volunteers in 2015

According to the Spokane Humane Society, welcoming a New Year offers a wonderful opportunity to make a difference in the lives of shelter animals. Because of that, the humane society is asking people who have considered volunteering to make the shelter part of their New Year's resolutions.

 

“Volunteering at our shelter is a great way to help animals” said Dave Richardson, Executive Director, “Whether you walk dogs, cuddle kittens, file papers, fund raise, clean or play with the cats, you can make a huge difference in the lives of our animals.”

 

The Spokane Humane Society said by giving their time, volunteers can help care for the shelter's animal until they can find good homes, which will allow for more animals to be helped throughout the year.

 

By volunteering, you can help us care for our animals until they can find good homes and  allow us to care for even more animals in 2015. “Clearly, volunteers make a huge difference in the success of our shelter,” Richardson said.

 

Spokane Roofing delivers timely Christmas gift for SNAP client in need

Spokane Roofing delivers timely Christmas gift for SNAP client in need

This year, the holidays were looking pretty bleak for 83-year-old Becky Sanchez.

The north Spokane resident was scrambling to get to her cancer treatment appointments while dealing with a chronically painful back and a history of heart problems. Despite her physical challenges, Sanchez continued to serve others by volunteering for the local VFW and gathering Christmas presents for kids at Shriner’s Hospital.

To top it off, the roof of Sanchez’s mobile home on Crestline Road was literally caving in.

Living on a fixed budget, Sanchez had no money to pay for badly needed repairs. Water damage to her roof made it so she couldn’t turn on the lights in her kitchen and hallways. With the snow, ice and rain of winter bearing down, Sanchez made a desperate call to SNAP, an agency that had helped her in the past.