(Snowmen courtesy of Owen Kunz)
The Nebraska Realty (Burrows Tracts Real Estate) Christmas Party was a great time to get a picture of the entire team. Ashley Smith, James Livengood, Kristy Burrows, BJ Burrows, Kimberly Kreifels, & Tyler Kreifels.
If you are ready to sell your house or are looking for a new one contact BJ's team and see what they can do for you!
Elmwood-Murdock Student Council members from both the elementary and high schools raised more than 6,000 food/money items and school supplies for the Elmwood Food Pantry. They recently presented their donations to the food pantry. From left, Emily Zakaras, Levi Offner, Tucker Oehlerking, Callie Zeorian, Ashtyn Cooper, Kara Zimmerman, Elmwood Food Pantry representative Ed Blunt, Levi Bacon, Taylor Lindburg, Katelyn Stewart and Alex Osmon. Story and picture from the Plattsmouth Journal.
Lofte’s Successful Toy Drive for Nebraska Children’s Home Society!
The Lofte would like to thank everyone who participated in the cooperative toy drive with Fat Brain Toys that benefitted the Nebraska Children’s Home Society. Together we donated nearly 100 toys to this worthy organization! The toy drive took place during the three-week run of the play, “Dear Santa.” As nearly 30 children were in the cast of the show, the Lofte thought it only appropriate that a Christmas charity activity benefitting needy kids be part of the production. The NCHS provides pregnancy, parenting and adoption services as well as foster care, teen parenting services and early childhood programming. Founded in 1981 this non-profit organization works for the greater good of children and families in our state.
The winner of the $200 gift certificate to Fat Brain Toys was Mindy Kleven! Mindy has taught math to 6th, 7th and 8th graders at Louisville Public Schools for the past eight years. She has a thirteen-month old son, Noah. “The gift certificate will probably go towards purchasing toys/games for my son and for my classroom.” Mindy took part in the toy drive via the state champion one-act play cast from Louisville. “My husband and I wanted to help local children as well as support our amazing one-act program.” While she hasn’t yet attended a Lofte production, she hopes to very soon.
Thank you all of those who helped to make this toy drive a success. Also thank you to our new sponsor, Fat Brain Toys for coming up with this clever idea to not only promote the Lofte, but do some good at the same time. Finally, we thank Nebraska Children’s Home Society for their good works and wish them luck with their programs in the future.
Red Cross Bloodmobile
Thank you to all of the donors who helped to reach and go over the goal of 22 pints of blood. Our next visit will be in June.
It is always important to support the Bloodmobile.
THANK YOU FOR BEING AT THE ELMWOOD FIRE STATION ON JANUARY 11TH.
Larry Bell passed away Sunday. Visitation will be Sunday, January 24th at Ropers Funeral Home in Lincoln 4:00 - 6:00 pm. The funeral will be Monday, January 25th at 10:30 am at Ropers Funeral Home in Lincoln. Following the services there will be a luncheon at the Elmwood Community Center. Everyone is welcome to come and share the fellowship.
Bits & Pieces...a little bit of this and a few pieces of that...
Bits and Pieces Thrift Store in Elmwood is a great source for just about anything you might need. They have everything from antiques to flower vases. Clothes to sprinklers. Books to chicken feeders. You name it and you can probably find it there. Bits and Pieces is operated by the Elmwood Christian Church. Kurk and Kris Shrader keep the store stocked, organized, and neat. Several volunteers fill in to run the register and help stock the shelves.
If you have ever brought a donation or made a purchase it was greatly appreciated. You became part of the Elmwood Christian Church's dedication to mission projects and civic groups. Last year 15% of the profits were donated to civic groups. This year the church plans to continue with those donations while assisting additional mission groups.
The 2015 Benefactors include:
Elmwood Community Center
Elmwood Holiday Extravaganza
Elmwood Public Library
G.A.R. Museum/Legion Post #237
Nebraska Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
Scholarships for E-M Students
Other Merchandise Donations
Once a month on the 2nd Sunday Bits and Pieces opens from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm for shopping. A different organization has been chosen to benefit from this day by 75% of the proceeds being donated to them. This is the list of organizations for the remainder of the year.
February - Boy Scouts
March - Girl Scouts
April - Community Center
May - Kamp Kaleo
Memorial Day - G.A.R. Hall
June - Public Library
July - Backpack Program
August - Rescue Squad
September - Booster Squad
October - Fire Department
November - Operation Santa
December - SOS
One Saturday morning a month I get to volunteer. Last Saturday was my day! One of my favorite parts of the day is doing a little shopping myself as I put things away and also visiting with the customers. Quite often I can talk them into taking a selfie with me. Last Saturday I added to my selfie collection.
Jacob Blunt stopped by to say Hi.
The Campbells stopped on their way to a ball game!
I suspect Myrna Bornemeier and I would be trouble if we got together more often!
Pastor E from the Elmwood Christian Church stopped to make sure we had everything handled.
Pat Spellman has such a beautiful smile!
Ranelle Rundquist is a sweetie! We have a blast together.
Darlene just had a birthday and was still feeling like celebrating with a selfie with me!
This time of the year Kurk is busy with his FBLA projects on Saturday so it is fun to see him here!
This is about as close as I could get to Kris for a selfie. She started the day out sorting and pricing items. The pile behind her is ready to be priced and put on the racks.
The pile of trash bags are clothing items that are donated to a facility in Kansas City who will turn them around and pass them on to people who need them. Bits and Pieces also recycles a lot of items.
This was later in the day so you can see a little of how the piles are higher. Kurk and Kris work tirelessly back here to keep the front stocked. A big thanks to them and all the volunteers! You are doing a great thing!
Community Sustaining Sponsors 2016
2016 Community Sustaining Sponsor