Learn how you can serve as a volunteer driver for the American Cancer Society’s Flathead County Road to Recovery program, call toll free 1-877-488-7723 option 3.
The National Kidney Foundation (NKF) of Colorado, Montana and Wyoming kicks off the sweepstakes for the Kidney Cars Program, now in its twenty-fifth year. In celebration of its twenty-fifth anniversary, the NKF will hold a national sweepstakes. Donating a vehicle to Kidney Cars now through December 31, 2008, makes you eligible to win one of 25 prizes, including the Grand Prize, a weekend for four at the Pebble Beach Golf Resort in California. You may also get a chance to win $25,000 in cash or a year’s worth of gas. Over the last 25 years, more than 650,000 used vehicles have pumped a total of $150 million into life-saving programs, including free kidney screenings for those at risk, research, public and professional education and camps for children on dialysis. For more information on the sweepstakes or to donate your vehicle visit www.kidneycars.org or call 1-800-488-CARS (2277).
In an effort to encourage pet owners to get their dogs or cats altered, the Flathead Spay & Neuter Task Force is offering two limited programs. With rising expenses, the need for affordable surgeries is critical. Coupled with the inevitable "puppy and kitten season," the time is now to get pets spayed or neutered. The Clinic is offering $15 cat spays for the first 100 female cats, six weeks of age or older. This will help prevent countless numbers of litters from being born and contributing to the pet overpopulation problem. Mention the promotion when calling in.
A special pit bull or pit bull cross program will be offered to the first 50 dogs and the surgeries will be half off the regular prices ($30-40), for dogs six weeks of age and older. The Flathead County Shelter is seeing a huge increase in the numbers of this particular breed and there are not enough homes for all of them. These programs will save pet owners a great deal money and will go a long ways towards reducing the euthanasia rate at the Shelter. To make an appointment, contact the Task Force at 881-4500 to leave your information and we will call back to schedule an appointment. Clinics are held twice a month for three days at a time and appointments are required. For more information, contact the Flathead Spay & Neuter Task Force at 892-7387.
Do you enjoy nurturing children ages 1-13? Can you volunteer a few hours a month? The Children’s Program of the Violence Free Crisis Line meets 1 evening a week from 6-8pm, and needs YOU! If interested, please contact Diane at 261-9083/752-4735.
Did you know that there are new grants available for families struggling with child health-related expenses? United Healthcare Children’s Foundation is accepting applications for the 2008 grant program now. The grants are available to help children who need critical health care treatment, services or equipment not covered or not fully covered by their parents’ health benefit plans. They include health care services such as speech therapy, physical therapy, occupational therapy sessions, prescriptions, and medical equipment such as wheelchairs, orthotics and eyeglasses. Parents and legal guardians may apply for grants of up to $5,000 for child medical services. For eligibility guidelines or to apply go online to www.uhccf.org.
Narconon, a non-profit, public organization that specializes in helping people with drug and alcohol addiction offers free assessments and more than 11,000 referrals. Drug addiction can be overcome and Narconon can help. Call 1-800-468-6933 or visit www.stopaddiction.com
The Arthritis Foundation offers an exercise and aquatic program at several community sites throughout Montana. Participants will go through a series of gentle movements and activities designed to increase mobility and range of motion. The exercise program is for all fitness levels and the ability to swim is not required. For more information call, 1-406-600-4649 or visit www.arthritis.org
There is a fund set up at First Interstate Bank for the family of Trooper David Graham. Donations can be made directly at any First Interstate Bank or you can send donations to the MHP District VI Office, 121 Financial Drive, Suite D, Kalispell, MT 59901
Recovering troops at the U.S. Military Hospital in Landstuhl, Germany need your help! Many are in rooms with broken televisions, little or no decent off-duty cloths and other comfortable items. Many arrive with nothing. Please help! Contribute online to the American Legion’s Operation Landstuhl Fund at www.legion.org
If you have any used pet equipment and supplies that you no longer need, consider donating them to the Humane Society of NW Montana’s new Pet Thrift Store. Your donation of items may be dropped off at the Adoption Center in Kalispell anytime during business hours. The Humane Society will then make these items available to the public for sale, with all income helping to support dogs and cats while they wait for adoption. Call 752-PAWS (7297).
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