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Girl Scouts of Kentucky’s Wilderness Road donates $28,000 worth of cookies to God’s Pantry Food Bank

Girl Scouts of Kentucky’s Wilderness Road will donate more than $28,000 worth of cookies to God’s Pantry Food Bank, as part of the Council’s ‘Operation Sweet Treat’ program, whereby Girl Scout customers purchase cookies and then donate them to important causes locally. God’s Pantry Food Bank is Kentucky’s largest food bank, and offers critical assistance to those struggling with food...

Kentucky Distillers’ Association, Kentucky Chamber of Commerce to provide sanitizer to businesses

As Gov. Andy Beshear outlined the plan for Phase 1 of reopening Kentucky’s economy on Wednesday, the Kentucky Distillers’ Association and Kentucky Chamber of Commerce are partnering to help businesses make sure they have the hand sanitizer needed to protect Kentuckians as they reopen. In the last few weeks, members of the Kentucky Distillers’ Association have produced and donated more than 125,000...

UK artists put creative talents to work answering colleagues’ call for PPE donations during pandemic

By Whitney Hale University of Kentucky From sculpting art and painting brushstrokes to crafting lines of dialogue, building scenery and designing costumes, artists use their hands to bring their work to life. And now as the Bluegrass, like the rest of the world, fights a pandemic, University of Kentucky College of Fine Arts’ artists are using their hands to create, as well as collect, personal protective...

Coronavirus measures taking toll on local Bluegrass Council of the Blind in Lexington; how you can help

Due to COVID-19, the Bluegrass Council of the Blind (BCB) is moving in-person group activities to remote access only and closing its doors temporarily to walk-in traffic. “Given that the BCB community is made up of mostly seniors and folks who are immunocompromised or suffering from additional health issues, we began seeking new ways of delivering our services, even before social distancing was recommended,”...

Louisville Zoo seeking submissions from public in naming contest for male elephant calf born Aug. 2

The Louisville Zoo welcomed a male elephant calf on Aug. 2 to 33-year-old African elephant Mikki, and the Zoo began soliciting names from the public on Monday in a naming contest presented by Norton Children’s Hospital. Mikki and the calf are on exhibit daily 10 a.m. to noon, subject to change while the acclimation process continues. Zoo guests can visit LouisvilleZoo.org/Mikki to see daily updates...

High School Band 'in dire need' of new uniforms for Macy's Thanksgiving parade

The North Hardin Band performed at the Lincoln Invitational at LaRue County School in September. (Photo provided)   By Jonathan Coffman KyForward intern   The North Hardin High School Marching Band will perform in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade this November, but being one of 10 bands accepted has not been their only obstacle.   The Radcliff band must raise $75,000 to purchase...

Give and take: Goodwill gives employment to thousands and continues to take donations

  They take donations, but Goodwill gives, too.   Goodwill Industries of Kentucky placed Kentuckians into 2,881 jobs during its 2014 fiscal year, a 14 percent increase over 2013 job placements. The non-profit also paid more than $17.7 million in wages to people with disabilities or other barriers to employment.   Goodwill—the only nonprofit organization to make the 2014 list of Forbes...

Klothes 4 Kids kicks off with record demand for school gear and donations for students

The annual Lexington Rescue Mission Klothes 4 Kids back-to-school drive kicks off this week with record demand for clothing from Fayette County Public Schools leaders.   Donations of new school clothes for students in grades K-12 – and gift cards and cash to purchase new clothes – will be accepted by the mission through Friday, Aug. 1.   Clothing collected during the drive is...

Yellow Cab of Lexington commits to donating a dollar a ride for the family of a slain marine

Kentucky Marine Jonathan Price was shot in the back and killed in an apparent robbery/homicide in Lexington this past weekend. Price’s wife, Megan, was shot in the knee, but survived. Price was laid to rest today in services in Campbellsville. (Photo from Facebook)   To help support the fund-raising effort for the widow of slain Lance Cpl. Jonathan Price this past Saturday, Yellow Cab of Lexington...

Giving can be groovy; arts and entertainment event at ballpark will benefit local charities

  (Photo provided)   “Groove” is most associated with the ’60s, but Lexington is bringing it back.   With live and electronic music, multimedia art and fashion, Give Into The Groove is an event that benefits Lexington charities and entertains the crowd.   It is described as a “creative event for kids of all ages.”   Using all mediums to bridge...