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GiftHopper opens locally

GiftHopper, a small, family-and-friends-owned business in Altoona, has implemented several programs to aid the community during the coronavirus pandemic.

Because of business closures, more individuals are turning to nonprofit organizations for help with food, clothing and financial assistance to pay their bills.

“We recently launched ‘Wish List Wednesdays’ on our social media pages to allow people to nominate nonprofit groups that are struggling to keep up with increased demand,” said Beth Tuggy, chief operations officer, in a statement. “Each Wednesday, we’ll feature one of these nonprofit groups, along with ‘wish list’ items people can donate to the group.”

Another community program is “Feature Friday.”

On Fridays, GiftHopper will feature vendors who supply their products, many of whom are small companies based in Blair County and the central Pennsylvania region.

In addition, free shipping is on the products in the “Littlesomethings” collection.

People can send a hand-written note or small gift without worrying about shipping costs, Tuggy said.

GiftHopper was developed by Matthew Garber while he was studying law at Rutgers University. He launched GiftHopper in 2017.

Lincoln Caverns now open

HUNTINGDON — Lincoln Caverns & Whisper Rocks near Huntingdon and Raystown Lake have reopened for cavern tours.

Lincoln Caverns was forced to close its doors due to the COVID-19 pandemic on March 20. Under Gov. Tom Wolf’s plan to reopen Pennsylvania, the caverns will join the other businesses of Huntingdon County in welcoming guests back in a safe and strategic manner.

Cavern tour tickets soon will be available online and guests are encouraged to purchase tickets in advance due to limited tour capacities. The Visitors Center will be open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with tours leaving on the hour and half-hour, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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