Local briefs

Mill Hall Lions shoe drive continues

MILL HALL — The Mill Hall Area Lions Club’s shoe drive fundraiser continues through April 22. The fundraiser helps with community needs.

The local Lions will earn funds based on the total weight of the pairs of gently worn, used and new shoes collected. Funds2Orgs issues the check for the collected shoes. Those dollars will benefit the community through eyeglass purchase assistance, monetary support for people affected by fire or illness, as well as support for other good causes.

Anyone can help by donating gently worn, used and new shoes at The Kar Lot on Hogan Boulevard or Corbin’s Footwear on Bellefonte Avenue. Other sites for drop-off will be announced soon.

All donated shoes will then be redistributed throughout the Funds2Orgs network of micro-enterprise (small business) partners. Funds2Orgs works with micro-entrepreneurs in helping them create, maintain and grow small businesses in developing countries where economic opportunity and jobs are limited. Proceeds from the sales of the shoes collected in shoe drive fundraisers are used to feed, clothe and house their families. One budding entrepreneur in Haiti earned enough to send her son to law school.

“We are excited about our shoe drive,” said Tracy Smith, president. “We know that most people have extra shoes in their closets they would like to donate to us. By doing so, they help us raise money for our community, and we have the chance to help families in developing nations who need economic opportunities. It’s a win-win for everyone.”

Commissioner to speak to retirees

STATE COLLEGE — Centre County Commissioner Mark Higgins will be the featured speaker at a meeting of the Centre County Chapter of the PA Association of Retired State Employees (PARSE) on Thursday, March 15.

The group will meet at Hoss’s Steak and Seafood Restaurant, 1450 N. Atherton St., beginning at 11:45 a.m. All PARSE members and retired state employees are encouraged to attend. Members and guests are on their own for lunch.

PARSE provides a variety of benefits to state retirees: dental insurance, vision insurance, pet insurance, long-term care, etc.

For further information, call PARSE Vice President Lynn Herman at 814-861-0770.