Time to give back

‘Tis the season of thankfulness as the holidays approach. And what better way to foster that attitude than by helping others who need your time and talent? Here are a few ideas for ways to reach out, and many more on Page BX.

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Making happy holidays: The United Way 2-1-1-Holiday Helpline Registration program needs volunteers to answer phones and enter information into the database to register local children and families for gift/food assistance. When: Now through Dec. 16. Time: Shifts vary, from one- to two-hours between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Information: Dede Parker, 812-376-0011, dparker@uwbarthco.org.

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Driven to help others: Mill Race Center Needs four or five volunteer drivers to pick up patients at their home and bring them to doctor appointments. You must use your own vehicle and be available for three-hour shifts. Information: Dan Mustard at 812-376-9241 or dmustard@millracecenter.org.

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A show of warmth: World AIDS Day organizers locally need volunteers to knit and donate red scarves to be tied around Columbus on event day and then made available to people who need them afterwards. Drop off finished scarves in the designated box at Mill Race Center, located at 900 Lindsey St., before Dec. 1. Organized by The Granny Connection, which provides support, advocacy and funding to grandmothers who are raising children orphaned by AIDS. Information: Ann Jones at 812 342 4680, annljones4650@gmail.com.

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Brian Blair is a reporter for The Republic. He can be reached at bblair@therepublic.com or 812-379-5672.