Manitowoc Relay For Life kickoff event Feb. 27 at Aurora Medical Center | Briefs

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Schroeder’s Department Store has been a cornerstone for the Two Rivers community since 1891. Josh Clark/USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin

Manitowoc Relay For Life kickoff event Feb. 27

Relay For Life Manitowoc County’s kickoff event will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Feb. 27 inside the Michigan Room at Aurora Medical Center, 5000 Memorial Drive, Two Rivers.

Kickoff event attendees will learn more about the Relay For Life and learn how to get involved. The theme for the 2018 event will also be determined at the event.

Teams can sign up for the 2018 Relay For Life at www.relayforlife.org/manitowocwi.

Contact Courtney Weiland at courtney.weiland@cancer.org for more information.

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‘Help for the Homeless’ hygiene drive starts Feb. 18

Family Radio Network’s 26th annual “Help for the Homeless” hygiene drive Feb. 18-March 11 will collect new toiletry and cleaning products for 84 Wisconsin crisis agencies in 15 northeast and central Wisconsin communities.

People are encouraged to donate hygiene items at Festival Foods, Shopko stores and Walgreens. Donations remain in communities where they are collected. More than 800 area businesses, churches and schools are participating by collecting internally from staff, members and students.

The Family Radio Network partners with area homeless coalitions and crisis programs by inviting the community to donate needed hygiene items for their local agencies. Supplying the crisis programs with laundry soap, hair and dental care items, deodorant, diapers, and other personal care and cleaning products makes it possible for them to dedicate their financial resources to providing personnel, education, counseling, safe housing, and food to those they serve.

Family Radio Network noted Food Share (formerly Food Stamps) can only be used to buy food — nothing else, such as soap, diapers or toothpaste.

To request a collection box, call Heidi Prahl at 800-236-9364 or visit thefamily.net for more details.

The goal of the drive is to supply a year’s worth of products to each agency. The event serves an estimated 77,000 crisis program guests and clients annually with yearly product donations averaging…

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