Nonprofits in Brief: Launch Pad wraps gifts

Launch Pad wraps gifts

The Launch Pad knows the holidays can be a busy time of year, so they are offering to help out by wrapping your gifts. The Launch Pad Teen Center staff and volunteers will be wrapping holiday gifts at The Holiday Courtyard throughout the month of December.

Gift wrapping will be donation based; hot cocoa, candy canes, and cookies will be for sale by The Launch Pad. To sweeten the deal, The Holiday Courtyard will be hosting Santa Claus! Come enjoy some cookies and hot cocoa, get your picture taken with Santa, all while The Launch Pad wraps your gifts.

Gift wrapping starts Acker Night, from 4 to 9 p.m., Friday, Dec. 8 and continues according to this schedule:

Dec. 16 and 17, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.; Dec. 23-24, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. The Holiday Courtyard is located at 150 S. Montezuma St, Prescott, AZ 86303.

If you are unable to attend, you can support The Launch Pad by donating holiday gift wrap. The Launch Pad is also qualifies for the by giving your Arizona Charitable Tax Credit, Receive a dollar-for-dollar tax credit by donating to The Launch Pad.

For more information call Courtney Osterfelt, the Director of The Launch Pad at 928-632-2996 or stop by The Launch Pad Teen Center at 302 Grove Ave. in Prescott.

Information provided by The Launch Pad.

Feed the hungry

Yavapai County Food Bank and Yavapai Broadcasting will be hosting the annual Burning Desire to Feed the Hungry food drive on Saturday, Dec. 9.  Prescott Area Young Professionals will be helping collect donations to benefit this cause at the Safeway in Prescott and Prescott Valley. 

Volunteers will hand out flyers at the door(s) and collect non-perishable donations. Volunteer shifts are 1.5 hours each beginning at 9am.  You may sign up for either location.  Volunteers will be standing outside, so please dress accordingly. 

Information provided by Prescott Area Young Professionals.

Wreaths Across America

The 2017 Wreaths Across America Remembrance Ceremony is scheduled for 10 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 16 at Prescott National Cemetery.

The ceremony is free. It honors the fallen, those who served and their families and teaches children about the true cost of freedom.

Parking is limited at the cemetery because of construction, so the VA Hospital plans to provide shuttle service from its grounds. Shuttles begin at 9 a.m.

For more information, call Becky DuRocher at 928-445-4860, ext. 7569.

Information provided by www.wreathsacrossamerica.org.

County announces holiday card winners

The following students were named award winners in the Yavapai County School Superintendent’s and BMO Harris Bank’s holiday card contest: Andrea Vasquez from Ash Fork School; Mariana Yanez from Cottonwood and Jasmine Grasser from Acron Montessori; Valeria Arellano from Glassford Hill Middle School; and Belle Baxter and Madison Sherman from Prescott High School.

Each student’s class won $125 for their room supplies.

Information provided by Yavapai County schools.

Suicide prevention meeting

The Yavapai Suicide Prevention Coalition for 2017 is scheduled to meet Thursday, Dec. 7 from 3 to 5 p.m. The location is West Yavapai Guidance Clinic, 505 S. Cortez St., Prescott.