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Courtesy photo Kasey Holdern Hudson, assistant store manager at Starbucks in the Park Hills Plaza, is shown with Alivia Jacobs, Miss Teen Pennsylvania International 2019.

Starbucks to host Jared Box event

The Starbucks in the Park Hills Plaza Altoona and the Starbucks on Admiral Perry Highway in Ebensburg, along with 2019 Miss Teen Pennsylvania International Alivia Jacobs, will hold a Jared Box Project Event starting Nov. 29 (Black Friday) and continuing through Dec. 24.

The Jared Box Project is a nonprofit organization that was started 18 years ago in State College to honor Jared, a 5-year-old boy who was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor.

A Jared Box is a plastic shoe-sized box filled with toys, games and well wishes and then are delivered to children in the hospital.

There have been more than 750,000 Jared Boxes delivered to hospitals throughout the United States and Canada.

The mission of The Jared Box Project is to lift the spirits of children in the hospital.

Alivia has had the honor of delivering hundreds of boxes to hospitals all across the Commonwealth.

The goal of this event is to fill 100 or more boxes to be delivered to hospitals across the region.

The staff at Starbucks and Alivia are asking that people stop by either location and drop off a toy during this event.

Health, welfare council to meet Friday

The Blair County Health and Welfare Council will meet from 8:30 to 10 a.m. Friday at The Arc of Blair County.

Kathi Ardizzone from the Altoona Housing Authority will speak about the Housing Choice voucher program and its qualifications. The Section 8 Housing Assistance Payment Program provides rental assistance in the form of a voucher to low and very low income families, singles, senior citizens, disabled and handicapped individuals.

The Blair County Health and Welfare Council provides education and information to the public on health and human service needs, services and resources.

The public is welcome to attend the meeting.

For more information, visit www.blairhealthand

welfare.org.

PARSE to meet today in State College

STATE COLLEGE — The Centre County Chapter of the PA Association of Retired State Employees (PARSE) will meet at 11:45 a.m. today at Hoss’s Steak and Sea House, 1450 N. Atherton St. Members and guests are on their own for lunch.

The featured speaker is Lisa Bahr, director of operations for the Centre County PAWS organization.

Centre County PAWS was established in 1980. For almost 40 years, it has been committed to finding forever homes for cats and dogs, educating the public on responsible pet ownership, providing spay/neuter assistance and ending pet overpopulation.

PAWS is a non-euthanasia, member-supported, volunteer-enabled organization dedicated to the promotion of animal welfare and safety.

All PARSE members and retired state employees are encouraged to attend.

PARSE provides a variety of benefits to state retirees: dental insurance, vision insurance, pet insurance, long-term care and more.

For more information, contact PARSE President Nancy Knofsinger at 383-2648.

Bridal resale event is Saturday

EBENSBURG — The Bishop Carroll Catholic High School Math Department will sponsor a bridal resale event from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Bishop Carroll cafeteria.

Recent brides will sell their new or like-new wedding decorations and supplies, and prospective brides can buy decorations and supplies at a fraction of the cost of new. Sell or find items like centerpieces, fabric and ribbon, lights, vases, candles, flowers, dresses and shoes, table numbers, table coverings, cookie trays and more.

Sellers can reserve a space for $20, which includes a 12-foot-by-10-foot area with a table and two chairs.

The admission fee for brides-to-be is $5.

For more information or to reserve a space, contact Carol at kcschallfam@yahoo.com.

Head-shaving day to aid cancer research

LORETTO — Saint Francis University will hold a St. Baldrick’s event, raising money for childhood cancer research.

The head-shaving event will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Dec. 7 in JFK Student Center at Saint Francis University, 117 Evergreen Drive.

The St. Baldrick’s Foundation is the largest private funder of childhood cancer research grants worldwide.

For more information, email Andrew Potopa at axp147@francis.edu. Participants can register or donate at www.stbaldricks.org/events/SaintFrancis.

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