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Banga Realty Celebrates Prosperous First Year by Giving Back to the Community

BangaOne week before Christmas, a little boy in the community wrote a letter to Santa explaining that he had just heartbreakingly lost his father. When Santa traveled to deliver his letter of response to the boy in person, he brought that and a Power Wheel ride-on toy car in his sleigh, or in this case, roughly 15 police vehicles running their sirens. Before his mother could make her son put shoes on, the boy was already riding the Power Wheel around the block.

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Franciscan Health Crown Point: Newest Medics Ready to Serve

Franciscan-Health-Crown-Point-Newest-Medics-Ready-to-ServeMembers of the 17th paramedic graduation class at the Franciscan Health Crown Point Emergency Medical Services Training Academy recently were honored for their achievements during a program in the hospital’s Marian Education Center.

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Homeless Count to Take Place in Lake County

Marram-HCContinuum of Care Network of NWI will conduct a count of homeless individuals in Lake County on Wednesday, January 24, 2018, as part of the 2018 Point-In-Time Count coordinated by Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority, the state housing finance agency, and the Local Regional Planning Council. The Point-In-Time Count is a survey and count of homeless persons throughout the nation on this day.

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Hobart Police Officer Richard Mayer Saves Child's Life on Job's First Day


First day jitters – we all get them. It’s only natural to feel nervous on the first day of any new endeavor, whether that be at school or on the job. The butterflies in your stomach might even prevent you from raising your hand or jumping right in as soon as you arrive – that is, unless you’re Hobart Police Officer Richard Mayer.

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St. Jude House to Benefit from Chicago Auto Show's First Look for Charity Event

St-Jude-House-First-LookSt. Jude House is excited to be a part of yet another amazing charity event this year. The 2018 First Look for Charity at the Chicago Auto Show is being held on February 9th and goes toward benefiting eighteen charitable organizations, including Franciscan Community Benefit Services, which sponsors St. Jude House.

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Strack & Van Til Proves Impact of Volunteering

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According the National Cancer institute, nearly 15 million people in 2014 were living with cancer of some sort. With those kind of numbers, just about every American knows someone or is someone impacted by the disease. It is important to give hope to the people and families touched by cancer, and that is why Strack and Van Til worked with Phil’s Friends to create care packages for cancer patients on Friday.

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Franciscan Health Crown Point: NICU Unit Parents, Babies Helped by Cookie Link Club

Franciscan-Health-Crown-Point-NICU-Unit-Parents-Babies-Helped-by-Cookie-Link-ClubParents whose babies are patients in the Franciscan Health Crown Point Neonatal Intensive Care Unit recently received gift bags containing such items as toothpaste, toothbrushes, games, books, shampoo and premature infant clothing from the Crete, Ill.-based Cookie Link Club, a 17-year, 30-member group of friends who gather for fellowship during the holiday season and collect donations for community causes.

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Portage Rotary Club Celebrates Year of Service to the Community


Join members of the Portage Rotary Club at their One Year Anniversary Celebration. The family friendly and FREE event will be held on Saturday, January 27th from 4 pm to 6 pm at Neighbor’s Educational Opportunities, 5201 US 6 in Portage and is open to the community. Included in the celebration are Laser Ball and other family games as well as a taco bar provided by Leroy’s Hot Stuff.

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Lake Area United Way and Scott Middle School’s Real. Strong. Girls. Club Volunteer at Tradewinds Services Inc.

Lake-Area-United-Way-and-Scott-Middle-Schools-Real-Strong-Girls-Club-Volunteer-at-Tradewinds-Services-Inc_01When Lake Area United Way kicked off their Real. Strong. Girls. initiative earlier this year, they did so by partnering with Scott Middle School in Hammond to provide their female students with opportunities to partake in volunteer activities during spring break and attend a half day retreat. The girls had such a great time that they started their own Real. Strong. Girls Club at the school. The club now partners with Lake Area United Way to bring in volunteers and speakers once a month to present on pressing issues concerning middle school girls. United Way also assists in setting up volunteer projects and other field trips for the club, the first taking place on Monday, December 18th...

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Methodist Hospitals Foundation Donates Supplies to the Northwest Indiana Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Center Just in time for the New Year

MH-Foundation-Salvation-Army-ARC-Donation-2017Methodist Hospitals Foundation once again donated a one year’s supply of daily living necessities to support the Northwest Indiana Salvation Army’s Adult Rehabilitation Center (ARC) in Gary. The supplies included razors, shaving gel, lotion, deodorant, toothbrush and paste, slippers, combs, soap and shampoo – many items we all take for granted.

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Jacob's Ladder Junior Board Provides Area Teens with Volunteer Opportunity


Started in 2007, the Jacob’s Ladder Junior Board of Directors has been a rotating cast of teens from area schools who have a passion for helping others, especially children. The Junior Board aides Jacob’s Ladder in its mission to provide families in Northwest Indiana with quality services to empower them to help their child reach his/her maximum potential. The original sponsor of the Junior Board was Kathy Kniola, but the current director is Cindy Withrow.

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