A food drive to help out Navarro County Food Pantry will be held through April, sponsored by the Shakers and Scrapers Car Club. Non-perishable foods may be brought to the cruise-ins which are held from 6:30 to 10 p.m. the second Friday of each month at Chicken Express, 1813 W. Seventh Ave.

Disaster Action Team (DAT) members are the first American Red Cross volunteers on the scene of a disaster. DAT responds to alerts from local fire departments to give support to victims including assistance in obtaining immediate shelter, clothing and food. Training for DAT members is free; local meetings are monthly. If you are interested in supporting others in the community, call Shelly Campbell at (903) 874-4551 or e-mail to scampbell@redcrossdallas.org.

Adopt a Soldier is a project for individuals, families or groups. Choose a name (or names) and send a letter or package at least once a month to your adopted service member. Possible care package items are non-perishable snacks, handy wipes, lip balm, CDs, DVDs, books, toiletry items, photos, etc. To adopt a service member, contact Alberto Guzman at aguzman@redcrossdallas.org.

If you are interested in serving your community through teaching CPR and first aid or a baby-sitting safety class, volunteer instructors are being sought to instruct these life-saving skills in a local community setting. For more information, call Jeannie McCarty at (903) 874-4551 or e-mail to jmccarty@redcrossdallas.org.

American Red Cross Dallas Area Chapter, which includes the Corsicana branch, needs knitters, crocheters and sewers to produce much-needed items for Parkland Hospital, Children’s Medical Center and the U.S. Armed Forces. Materials will be provided. For more information on how you can help, call Estella Cervantes at (214) 678-4382 or the Red Cross Production Room at (214) 678-4567.

A calendar of events has been developed to post community wide/county wide events for local interests and traveling tourists. If you have an event that you would like posted, provide the information to the Corsicana/Navarro County Chamber of Commerce by calling (903) 874-4731, faxing (903) 874-4187 or e-mailing to chamber@corsicana.org.

United Way wants to hear from Navarro County residents. If you have an interest in employment, youth, seniors, housing, mental health, transportation, health, education, crime or substance abuse in Navarro County, join a focus group. Be heard as part of the United Way of Navarro County Community Needs Assessment. To participate or for more information, call (903) 851-2665.

Navarro County Office of Emergency Management and Local Emergency Planning Committee has community-based information Web site, www.navarrocountyoem.org. The Web site is continually being updated with helpful information.

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