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Compiled by Lauren Bailey

Common Heart

Turkey dinner fundraiser: The Indian Trail food pantry, Common Cupboard, a branch of Common Heart, is collecting turkeys and other groceries for its seventh annual Great Turkey Countdown. This year’s goal is 700 complete Thanksgiving dinners to be packaged and delivered Nov. 22 to families in need in the Union County, southeast Charlotte, Matthews and Mint Hill. Food and monetary donations are needed, as well as about 400 volunteers to package and deliver meals. Details: www.thecommonplace.org or 704-218-9060. To volunteer: http://turkeys.thecommonplace.org.

Bee Mighty

Bee Something gala: The Bee Something for Bee Mighty gala, which raises money to help with medical expenses of babies born prematurely, will be 7 p.m. Nov. 15 at Charlotte Country Club, 2465 Mecklenburg Ave. The cost is $125 per person and will include an auction, prizes, musical entertainment, dancing and dinner. Details: http://beesomethingforbeemighty.com.

Community Blood Center

Puppies for Patients: The Community Blood Center of the Carolinas has launched its 10th annual Puppies for Patients program, during November and December. Blood donors are encouraged to donate during the holiday season and sign gift tags that will be attached to stuffed toy puppies and delivered to local hospitalized children. Details: www.cbcc.us.

Loaves & Fishes

Food drive: The women’s semi-pro basketball team the Charlotte Invasion, in conjunction with Silhouette Hair Studio, will hold its first Thanksgiving Holiday Food Drive through Nov. 24. Donations of nonperishable food items will go to Loaves & Fishes Food Pantry of Mecklenburg County. For drop-off locations, visit www.charlotteinvasion.com or call 919-673-6736.

Shepherd’s Center of Charlotte

Drivers needed: Shepherd’s Center of Charlotte is seeking volunteers to drive older adults who can no longer drive to the doctor, grocery store and other essential appointments. Only a couple hours a month is necessary. Call Pam at 704-365-1995. Learn more about Shepherd’s Center at http://shepherdscharlotte.org.

Levine Senior Center

Shopping from the Heart: The Matthews-based business JAJ Nonprofit Resource is partnering with the nonprofit Levine Senior Center to hold the second Shopping from the Heart nonprofit expo 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Nov. 15 at the Levine Senior Center, 1050 DeVore Lane in Matthews.

The event is free, with giveaways every 30 minutes. There will be as many as 35 nonprofits in the ballroom giving shoppers a wish list of their needs. Participants can shop from the nonprofit booths or make a donation. Details: 704-560-9202 or jajresource@gmail.com.

Beds for Kids

Turkey Dash: The Beds for Kids Turkey Dash will take place 8:30 a.m. Nov. 27 beginning at the parking lot of Village at Robinson Farms, on Williams Pond Road between Elm Lane and Rea Road. There will be a 1-mile and a 4-mile run to help raise money for beds for the thousands of Charlotte children without beds. Registration starts at $35 before Nov. 8. Register or learn more at http://turkeydashcharlotte.com/race-info. Learn more about Beds for Kids at www.bedsforkids.org.

Safe Alliance

Holiday store: Safe Alliance, which aids victims of abuse, needs donations for its annual holiday store, which allows women and children to shop for one another free. To find a list of gift items, visit www.safealliance.org. Donations may be dropped off at Sharma Oral Surgery, 12312 Copper Way, Suite 100, in Charlotte by Dec. 10. Last-minute donations may be dropped off noon-6 p.m. Dec. 10-11 and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 12 at The Park Church Independence at 800 Briar Creek Road. To volunteer at the holiday store: 704-367-2775.

Booth Playhouse

Fundraising Show: Caroline Calouche & Co., the area’s only nonprofit dance and aerial arts company, will hold its annual production of “Clara’s Trip: A Nutcracker Story” 7 p.m. Dec. 12 and 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Dec. 13 at Booth Playhouse, 130 N. Tryon St. Tickets range from $20-$45 and will benefit the nonprofit’s educational and artistic projects. This family friendly show will offer a mix of dance and aerial entertainment. Purchase tickets at www.carolinatix.org/events/detail/claras-trip-a-nutcracker-story or at the Blumenthal box office. Details: www.carolinecalouche.org.

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