The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department is seeking to have area Facebook and Twitter users add the organization's pages as fans or followers. The health department has joined the social networking sites to provide quick snippets of important health-related information to the public during flu season.
The health department's Facebook page is growing and does not yet have the number of fans necessary to have a site-specific Web address. To become a fan and receive health updates, log into your Facebook page and search for "Lexington-Fayette County Health Department." Click on the health department's page in the search results and click "become a fan" at the top of the page.
To follow the department on Twitter, go to twitter.com/LFCHD.
The social networking services are available at www.facebook.com and www.twitter.com. Both are free.
Help send care packages to troops
Military Missions Inc. is getting ready for Operation S.E.N.D. Christmas, one of the non-profit's biggest annual campaigns.
Military Missions collects, packs and sends care packages to military members overseas or away from home, and to veterans, as thanks and encouragement. Packages are sent all year, but Operation S.E.N.D. Christmas sees a drastic increase the number of packages, increasing the need for volunteers and donations.
There are several ways to contribute. Military Missions accepts donations of care package items, cards and letters, and monetary donations to cover postage. About $25,000 in postage is needed for boxes mailed in December.
Military Missions is working with Keeneland for the racetrack's Military Family Day on Oct. 25. Race attendees are encouraged to bring care package items.
A community-wide package assembly has been scheduled for Nov. 9 in Lexington. It is open to anyone who wants to volunteer.
For details, go to www.militarymissionsonline.com for details. Contact the organization by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org, (859) 509-4827 or drop by the office, at 3735 Palomar Centre Drive, Suite 20.
The deadline for donations is Nov. 30, but donors and volunteers are encouraged to get involved early. Boxes will be mailed during the first week in December in order to reach troops by Christmas.
If you know of someone who will be deployed during the Christmas holiday, his or her name can be added to the care package mailing list at www.militarymissionsonline.com/addahero.htm.
Book signing for charity Monday
Jeff Rogers of Jeff Rogers Photography will hold a charitable book signing Monday. Copies of Kentucky Wide II will be available for $39.95. Forty percent of the price will be donated to a well-digging project in Bolivia to provide residents with clean water.
Kentucky Wide II is the sequel to Jeff Rogers Photography's 2006 Kentucky Wide, filled with panoramic photos depicting Kentucky landscapes, cityscapes and lifestyles. The signing will be at 7 p.m. at Crossroads Christian Church, Entrance G, 4128 Todds Road. Go to www.jeffrogers.com.