Quick takes – February 11

Helping hungry appreciated

Those who took time Feb. 4 to support the Empty Bowls fundraiser at Central Middle School — a local effort to feed the hungry in Bartholomew County — deserve kudos. By either enjoying the selections of soup, chili, bread and desserts, buying a souvenir bowl made by a local artist or making or serving food, the assistance makes an impact.

The fundraiser generated $12,118 to be shared by four food banks: Love Chapel, Hope Community Food Bank, Turning Point Domestic Violence Services and the Brighter Days Housing shelter. The money the food banks receive goes a long way toward brightening the lives of individuals who need a boost.

Donations save lives

The American Red Cross is asking for blood donations to avoid a shortage this winter. Local residents should consider giving. Every donation is vital to the life of the recipient.

Five opportunities are coming up in Columbus through early March:

» 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Friday: Developmental Services Inc., 2920 10th St.

» 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday: LaQuinta Inn & Suites, 101 Carrie Lane

» Noon to 5 p.m. Feb. 22: First Christian Church, 531 Fifth St.

» 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 24: LaQuinta, 101 Carrie Lane

» 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 3: LaQuinta, 101 Carrie Lane

For more information or to make an appointment, go online at redcrossblood.org or call 800-733-2767.

A special plunge

Special Olympics Indiana is an organization that provides wonderful opportunities through athletics for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. Support of this organization aids its efforts to make a positive impact in the lives of people.

Those who participated in and contributed to the Polar Plunge fundraiser, which benefits Special Olympics Indiana, on Feb. 4 at The Commons in downtown Columbus deserve a round of applause. The event had 54 people who took the plunge into a pool of cold water, and $8,500 was raised that day.

The financial support will help some children and adults with intellectual disabilities have positive experiences through athletics that will be memorable and beneficial.