Free Thanksgiving dinner

St. John's United Church of Christ, 15 Second St., Slatington, is offering a free Thanksgiving Dinner on Thursday, Nov. 26. Dinner will be served from noon to 2 p.m. and doors will open at 11:30 a.m. All are welcome. No reservations are required but are appreciated. Dinners will be delivered to "shut-ins" in the Slatington area, but calls for delivery must be received by Tuesday, Nov. 24. Call the church office at (610) 767-5554 if you have any questions, to make a reservation, or to request a home delivery. The office is open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Community

Thanksgiving Service

All are welcome to attend the Community Thanksgiving Service at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 25 at the First Baptist Church, corner of Main Street and South Second Street, Slatington. Please bring a nonperishable food offering for the Northern Lehigh Food Bank.

Bone Marrow Donor Drive

Bechtel's Pharmacy is hosting a Bone Marrow Donor Drive from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 18 at their pharmacy at the 302 Main Street, Slatington location; and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 19 at the 4423 Lehigh Drive (Route 248), Walnutport location. For more information you call the pharmacy at (610) 767-4121.

Children's Christmas Gift Program

Clients of the Northern Lehigh Food Bank have children, and children are the innocent victims of hardships that befall parents. Look around at what your children have … chests overflowing with toys, Wii and other computer games, books to read and to color. Many of these children have none of those, and won't be able to look forward to getting them from Santa this year either.

This is where the Children's Christmas Gift Program comes in. For those who would like to help make a child's holiday a bit brighter, there are several ways to make that happen. A child may be "adopted." You would be asked to purchase three gifts for a child, wrap them, and bring them to Friedens UCC, Route 873, Slatington, on Saturday, Dec. 12 for distribution later that day. Another option is to donate money for the Christmas Gift Program to purchase gifts for the child/children. No amount of money is too small; they are grateful for all donations. Still another option is to donate gift cards from stores where a child ranging in age from 0 years to 17 years would like to shop. This is a great idea for the older children and teenagers who may have special likes/dislikes.

For more information on this very worthwhile program and to find out how you can help, please call Janice Altrichter at (610) 767-5519. Thank you in advance for helping to make a child's Christmas brighter.