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Fayette County: Nursing home residents need holiday gift, too

December 5, 2012 

Several of the participants in a shadow run of the local Thoroughbred Classic 5K organized in Afghanistan by Capt. Varinka Ensminger of the Kentucky National Guard. From left to right in the back row are civilian Jonathon Mixon, staff sergeant Mark Arnold, civilian Linda Burbano, specialist Jonathon Richards, master sergeant John Black and staff sergeant Michael Watts. In the front row are linguist Tyson Aimal and captain Varinka Ensminger. Photo courtesy BLUEgrass Runners

PHOTO COURTESY BLUEGRASS RUNNERS — Photo courtesy BLUEgrass Runners

The Silver Bells holiday gift drive, sponsored by the Nursing Home Ombudsman Agency of the Bluegrass, is accepting holiday gifts for nursing home residents who will otherwise receive none during the holidays.

"Residents living in long-term care facilities are often the forgotten faces of the holidays... Last year we received an overwhelming response — 70 residents received gifts from people in the community," said Sherry Culp, executive director of NHOA.

To learn more about specific resident wishes and to purchase a gift, call NHOA's office at (859) 277-9215. Gifts should be delivered to NHOA's office, located in the Lexington Senior Citizens Center at 1530 Nicholasville Road, no later than 4:30 p.m. Dec. 14. Gifts should be wrapped or placed in a gift bag with the resident's name attached.

Program for the spirit

All cancer survivors and those touched by cancer are invited to attend Caring for Your Spirit, a free uplifting program scheduled at 7 p.m. Dec. 11 at Central Baptist Church, 110 Wilson Downing Road in Lexington.

Caring for Your Spirit, which encourages participants to recognize and nurture their spirit, will feature Rabbi Moshe Smolkin, Rev. Mark Johnson, Father Gino Donatelli and harpist Jan Hill. The program is part of the Central Baptist Hospital's ongoing Journey Toward Empowerment series.

Light refreshments will be served. To register, call (859) 260-4419.

Reindeer Express giveaway Dec. 14

Reindeer Express, the holiday giveaway for families served by The Nest: Center for Women, Children & Families' Reindeer Express, will be Dec. 14 at the offices of The Nest at 530 North Limestone.

This year, community donors and volunteers will help 623 families, who have more than 1,000 children, to participate in Reindeer Express and receive gifts and food during the holiday season.

If you would like to donate or volunteer, call Shelly Ginter at (859) 259-1974, Ext. 29.

National Guard in Afghanistan shares in local race

The Thoroughbred Classic 5-kilometer run at Keeneland on Thanksgiving Day had an overseas component, as a member of the BLUEgrass Runners running club that organized the event also held one in Afghanistan.

Capt. Varinka Ensminger of the Kentucky National Guard mapped out a course of a similar distance to the one participated in by nearly 2,200 runners here. She was among 59 runners who took part there on the dark and rainy Thanksgiving morning, according to a statement.

To support what they called the shadow run, BLUEgrass Runners shipped T-shirts, gloves and hats to use as awards for the runners, several of whom were Kentuckians.

Lions Club donates $150,000

The Lexington Lions Club announced recently that it donated around $150,000 to charitable causes in 2012.

It's part of more than $1.5 million that has been raised by the group over the past decade, president T.L. Wilson said in a statement. The Lexington Bluegrass Fair was this year's largest source of charitable funds with $110,000 raised.

Among the charitable initiatives supported were a hearing-aid distribution program, retreat for deaf and blind people, and interpreter training.

'Can For A Fan' food drive

The Bistro Group, the nation's third-largest franchisee of T.G.I. Friday's restaurants, is conducting its third annual Can For A Fan virtual food drive benefitting nine regional food banks.

T.G.I. Friday's in the greater Lexington area will donate one can of food to the God's Pantry Food Bank for each new Lexington local Facebook fan at Facebook.com/EatAtTGIFridays.

In addition to Facebook, the initiative expands to Pinterest this year. On T.G.I Friday's Can for a Fan Pinterest board, Pinterest.com/eatattgifridays/canforafan, users can like the God's Pantry Food Bank pinned logo and an additional can of food will be donated.

The food drive will continue through Dec. 31 or until 5,000 cans have been donated.

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