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West Pasco happenings
By TIMES STAFF
Published August 14, 2007
Help our troops - Operation Shoe Box: The Community Service Council of West Pasco is collecting items for Operation Shoe Box.
This year's drive began May 10 and ends Sept. 13. Shipments are sent out twice a week. To date, 655 pounds of care packages have been sent to U.S. troops overseas, said committee member Linda Clements.
CSC welcomes any donations. Items such as instant coffee, creamer, Gatorade, boxes of tea bags, small boxes of cereal, cans of tuna, hard candy, black sunglasses, gum and instant soup are just a few of the items our troops need. For a complete list, call Clements at 727 934-4629.
Items or financial contributions may be taken to the drop off sites listed below:
- RG Crown Bank, 4714 Mile Stretch Drive, Holiday.
- Consulate Care, 8132 Hudson Ave., Hudson.
- Edward Jones Investments, 4761 U.S. 19, New Port Richey.
- Morgan Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 6025 Trouble Creek, New Port Richey.
- Republic Bank, Southgate Plaza, 5043 U.S. 19, New Port Richey.
- Prudential Tropical Realty, 9108 U.S. 19, Port Richey.
- Beltone Hearing Center, Chelsea Plaza, 1318 Seven Springs Blvd., Trinity.
- Tarpon Bayou Center, 515 Chesapeake Drive, Tarpon Springs.
This is the third year the group has participated in Operation Shoe Box. The results have been hundreds of boxes full of snacks, personal items and first aid supplies being shipped to our troops in Afghanistan and Iraq.
The Community Service Council of West Pasco's membership consists of more than 100 professional leaders and representatives of community agencies who build businesses through networking and information exchange.
Lend a paw, have a hospice heart: Hernando-Pasco Hospice will sponsor a test for well-behaved canines who, along with their guardians, are interested in joining the Compassionate Paws volunteer program and visiting hospice patients in the not-for-profit agency's Hospice Care Centers, hospice houses, nursing homes and assisted living facilities throughout Pasco, Hernando and Citrus counties. Compassionate Paws volunteers can make visits close to home.
The test is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 28. Registration for the test is required; reservations must be made by Aug. 24.
The Therapy Dog International test will be given at the Hernando-Pasco Hospice team office at 6807 Rowan Road, New Port Richey. Dogs that successfully complete the test will receive both the AKC's Canine Good Citizen and TDI certifications. The total cost is $20.
If the dog passes the tests and the guardian would like to visit patients as a HPH Compassionate Paws volunteer, an orientation will be at a later date.
Compassionate Paws began as a Hernando-Pasco Hospice pilot program in 2004. There are now more than 80 active dogs participating along with their volunteer guardians. Since April 2006, HPH's Compassionate Paws volunteers have visited more than 3,500 individuals affected by a life-limiting illness.
Register by calling Katy Geschke, volunteer program specialist, at (727) 863-7971.
Send all West Happening events to Lucille Lazich, 11321 U.S. 19, Port Richey, FL 34668, fax (727) 869-6233 or e-mail email@example.com.