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Saxon Shoes makes donation to Bright Beginnings

YMCA Bright Beginnings, now in its 21st year, is taking 2,200 children from low-income families on back-to-school shopping trips in August with the help of more than 3,000 volunteers. From Aug.3-8, 465 area children (350 in Richmond, 115 in Fredericksburg) received new shoes from Saxon Shoes as part of this program. That comes to an in-kind donation value of just over $23,700. This is Saxon Shoes’ fifth year partnering with the YMCA Bright Beginnings program.

Children who participate in YMCA Bright Beginnings take a trip to a local Target or JCPenney store, where they are paired with adult volunteers who help them shop for two fall outfits, shoes, socks, and underwear. The children who benefit from the Saxon Shoes donation spend the money that they would have spent on shoes on other clothing.

The Y selects children who receive financial assistance in its summer camps and child care, and also coordinates the participation of several of its community partners, including Children, Incorporated and the Peter Paul Development Center.

More information on YMCA Bright Beginnings can be found at http://www.ymcarichmond.org/brightbeginnings Saxo.n Shoes is located in Fredericksburg and Short Pump Town Center. For more information, visit http://www.saxonshoes.com
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HandsOn Day set for Oct. 17

HandsOn Day 2015, which will feature 1200 volunteers serving more than 65 nonprofits in Greater Richmond, will take place Oct. 17 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Among the projects in Henrico or surrounding communities that need volunteers are: installing GardenFest lights Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, distribution center assistance at Feedmore, pumpkin carving with residents at SupportOne, work and play at Housing Families First, paint for independence at Heart Havens, spruce up the shelter and clean sweep at Harbor House at Safe Harbor, pinwheel project at REAP and Kidney Walk prep at National Kidney Foundation Serving VA. > Read more.

Online tool helps identify best native plants for pollinators

Virginians who want to plant beneficial plants for bees, butterflies and hummingbirds have a new resource at their fingertips. The online Virginia Native Plant Finder now lets users search for native plant species that benefit pollinators. The tool, which is managed by the Virginia Natural Heritage Program, is free and easy to use; searches can be completed on desktops, tablets or smartphones.

Native plants are those that grow where they evolved; they have traits that enable them to adapt to local conditions. The Virginia Native Plant Finder lets users create their own custom native plant lists by selecting from dropdown menus. > Read more.

The Volunteers of the United States Army Field Band to perform Oct. 15

Henrico County Recreation and Parks is hosting a concert by The Volunteers of the United States Army Field Band on Thursday, Oct. 15 at Henrico Theatre, 305 East Nine Mile Road in Highland Springs. This free concert will be held at 7 p.m. and will feature Soldier-Musicians from the U.S. Army Field Band.

Since its inception in 1981, The Volunteers has been telling the Army story through rock, pop, country, and patriotic music. Its members have performed for millions of listeners in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, Canada, Mexico, Kuwait, and Iraq. This group tours more than 100 days each year, bringing a powerful message of patriotism and support to communities large and small. > Read more.


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