Lake Norman & Mooresville

Giving back

The Dublin Dog Foundation has raised almost $50,000 in the last 24 months to help those in need of a service dog. Partnered with Freedom Service Dogs out of Colorado, their last event was to help a soldier. The campaign culminated at Connolly's Irish Pub Nov. 13 with 250 attendees coming out to help raise $4,500. If you are interested in supporting or volunteering with the Dublin Dog Foundation go to www.dublindogfoundation.org.

Genesis Project is collecting new unwrapped toys until Dec. 17 at their new location, 5108 Reagan Drive, Suite 14. In support of Toys for Tots in partnership with the U.S. Marines. Details: www.genesisproject1.org.

The Mint Museum is seeking volunteers to serve as docents with training beginning January 2011 at the uptown location, 500 S. Tryon St. Docents are volunteer members of the Education Department and provide tours of the museum's collections and special exhibitions to visiting groups. For more information contact Allison Taylor, 704-337-2032 or allison.taylor@mintmuseum.org.

Our Foundation for Children Inc. is collecting donations for "The Spirit of Giving Project" until Dec. 14 at OFC, 2026 Chipstone Road. The foundation provides toys and food for the holidays to needy children. They are seeking items that will provide a family a meal, monetary assistance, products, sponsorship, partnership or an unwrapped new toy. Details: 704-503-3996 or 704-547-9287.

Community Blood Center of the Carolinas will have its sixth annual Puppies for Patients Program through Dec. 31 at Community Blood Center of the Carolinas, 4447 S. Blvd. Donors who give blood will be able to sign a tag that will then be attached to a stuffed puppy and delivered to children in area hospitals this holiday season. Blood also can be given at drive locations. Details: www.cbcc.us or 704-972-4700.

Ameriprise Financial is kicking off a cell phone collection drive for Cell Phones for Soldiers at Ameriprise Financial, Ballantyne One, 15720 John J. Delaney Drive, Suite 300. Mark Antonich of Ameriprise Financial is working with Cell Phones for Soldiers to collect unused cell phones for troops to stay in touch with their families. Residents can support the drive by bringing their phones to the above location. Details about the organization: www.cellphonesforsoldiers.com/about.html. Ameriprise office: 704-926-7552.

Skyland Family Restaurant will hold its fourth annual Thanksgiving feast for the poor 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Nov. 25 at the restaurant, 4544 South Blvd. The restaurant will provide 3,000 hot dinners for the needy. Details: 704-522-6522.

Please send submissions at least two weeks in advance to lbailey@charlotteobserver.com

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