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Nov 10, 2013 - From staff reports

RMS club sponsors pet food drive

The Riverton Middle School Builders Club is sponsoring a November community pet food drive for the PAWS animal shelter.

Collection begins Monday and will continue until Nov. 22.

Purina dog or cat chow or monetary donations may be left at RMS, Paws for Life Animal League, the Stock Doc, Hooper Law Offices, Wind River Gallery or State Farm Insurance.

Non-Purina food will be donated to community members for families who struggle to provide food for their pets.

Shoebox gift collection dates set

Operation Christmas Child will collect shoeboxes laden with donated toys, school supplies, hygiene items and notes of encouragement from Nov. 18 to Nov. 25 in Riverton.

The organization's goal for northeastern Wyoming, which includes Douglas, Casper, Gillette, Sheridan, Buffalo, Thermopolis, Riverton and Lander, is 8,000 shoeboxes. Last year more than 7,000 shoeboxes were collected, a record for the region.

Anyone can drop off a gift-filled shoebox at the Riverton First Baptist Church, 840 N. First St., and it will be sent to a child overseas. Then using whatever means necessary -- trucks, trains, boats, bikes and even elephants -- the shoebox gifts will be delivered to children worldwide.

The Riverton collection site is open 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 18 to Nov. 24 and 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Nov. 25.

For more information on how to participate in Operation Christmas Child, call Deborah Cunningham at (406) 794-5738 or visit samaritanspurse.org.

Operation Christmas Child is a project of Samaritan's Purse, an international Christian relief and evangelism organization headed by Franklin Graham. National Collection Week for gift-filled shoeboxes is Nov. 18 to Nov. 25.

Celebrating its 20th anniversary, Operation Christmas Child hopes to collect another 9.8 million gift-filled shoeboxes in 2013.

Red Steagall to perform at benefit

Residents in Thermopolis are planning a benefit this month for Glenda Ramsey, a Wyoming woman who has been diagnosed with cancer and has undergone several operations as well as radiation therapy. Her friends say she is struggling to afford the treatment and other medications.

The Glenda Ramsey Benefit is scheduled for 4 p.m. Nov. 23, at the Hot Springs County Fairgrounds. Tickets cost $25 for the event, which will include a chuckwagon dinner, a live auction, a silent auction, raffle items and entertainment by Red Steagall and John Lowell.

Anyone willing to help with the event can call Zieb Stetler at 864-9425, Kevin Dickey at 867-2279, Rene McKnight at 921-8590, Karyne Dunbar at 250-4521, Michael Wright at 864-3173 or Beth Drake at 921-7627. More information also is available on Facebook under "Glenda Ramsey Benefit."

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