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People Helping People

Charity news from around the F.O.E.

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Muncie, Indiana - April 2018

Muncie Aerie # 231 recently donated $20,000 to A Better Way, which is a non-profit that provides shelter and services for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. The donation will help fund the Passage Way program, where victims of domestic violence are given a transitional housing solution while they try to find a permanent residence.

Eddie Collins, president of Aerie #231 heard about their funding issue and wanted to help.  “Donating to A Better Way is something my wife and I feel strongly about. We have donated for years. Many of these women are in bad relationships and they often leave their homes with only the clothes on their backs. After the mayor came to speak to us, our organization felt we needed to help,” Collins said.  

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Indiana - February 2018

For the 2016-17 year, Gary Weber selected Special Olympics Indiana as his State Aerie President’s Project. Last fall, he presented a check for $167,307.83 for cause. Pictured are Gary Weber, Donna Weber, Gary’s State Project team of Dan Frick, Don Niccum, Charlie Riggs and Jim Hellis, Indiana State Secretary Stretch Wineinger along with Special Olympics Indiana CEO Mike Furnish.

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Hammond, Indiana - January 2018

Hessville Eagles #3117 has been preparing Christmas baskets for the last 36 years. Every year, they have been able to make a basket for every family name turned in by their members. The names submitted are friends, family or neighbors of current members. This year, 40 family names were submitted. Members donated time and money to prepare the 40 baskets, which were provided to the families for the holidays.

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Evansville, Indiana - November 2017

The Ladies’ Auxiliaries of Evansville #427 and River City #4023 joined together for a bake sale event to benefit the Weinhandl family. Two-year-old Carlee battles catastrophic epilepsy and cerebral palsy while her father Josh, is recovering from a devastating motorcycle accident. The all-day event included auctions, food trucks, games, cornhole, raffles and 50/50 drawings with live music and more. The event raised more than $5,500 for the family.

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Vincennes, Indiana - Sept. 2017

Vincennes Auxiliary #384 recently presented a grant for $1,000 to Good Samaritan Hospital for Think Pink during the Think Pink soccer game between South Knox and Lincoln. South Knox High players Lexi Wilson and Audrey Hislip presented the check during the game. The game was dedicated to raising money for Breast Cancer Awareness through the Think Pink program.