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Poway Gives Back: Vets, Babies & E-Waste

Find out how you can get a fresh start for the new year and help out local high school students.

ANDERSEN NURSERY GIVES BACK TO VETERANS

It was a salute to veterans at last Wednesday's Rotary Club of Poway luncheon at the Brigantine. The guest speaker was highly decorated U.S. Army Col. Bob Dingeman, who talked about his extensive service in the Philippines, Korea and Vietnam, the men who served with him and the importance of each of us being the change we seek in our community.

Also on hand was Linda Laurie of Spirit of ’45 and Dave Smith, chairman of Honor Flight San Diego, an all-volunteer non-profit created to honor America's veterans by transporting them to Washington, D.C. to visit and reflect at their memorials at no cost to them. San Diego is one of 100 privately-funded hubs around the country. Walter Andersen Nursery's Ken Anderson, who is a fellow Rotarian, presented Honor Flight with a check from the nursery to cover round-trip expenses for a local veteran. Learn more about Honor Flight at honorflightsandiego.org.

GENTLY HUGGED NEEDS BABY CLOTHES

Gently Hugged is a non-profit, set up by nurses working in the field of public health, for the purpose of providing needed gently-used and new baby clothes, from preemie to 12 months sizes, along with blankets and accessories like socks, hats and bibs, to low-income, military, immigrant and foster families in need. The articles are boxed according to boy or girl and delivered by the nurses and social workers. The collection bin is located at Incarnation Lutheran Church, 16889 Espola Rd. in Poway. For more details visit gentlyhugged.org.

POWAY HIGH SHRED-A-THON

Get rid of unwanted computers, cell phones, televisions, power cords, etc. and start the year off fresh as the Poway High School PTSA and Robotics team holds a free e-waste drop-off fundraiser and shred-a-thon. It’s Saturday, Dec. 1 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. in the school’s parking lot, located at 15500 Espola Rd. Sensitive documents will be shredded while you watch. The recommended donation for a box of shreddables is $5. E-waste will be accepted free. For more information call 858-776-9388.

POWAY SHERIFF'S STATION IN THE SPIRIT

The Poway Sheriff’s Station is in the holiday spirit and holding a Teddy Bear drive. They’re asking you to drop off a new teddy bear at the station between now and this Friday (Nov 30). The bears will be taken to Rady Children’s Hospital where they’re sure to produce a lot of smiles.

At the same time, Senior Volunteers at the Sheriff’s Station are holding a food drive until Dec. 20. Drop off canned and non-perishable food in the station lobby and it will be delivered to the local seniors on their watch.

The Poway Sheriff’s Station is at 13100 Bowron Rd., near the Poway Library.

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