Southside Baptist to host VBS
A summer kids’ event called Weird Animals VBS will be offered at Southside Baptist Church July 24-27, where kids will learn about some of God’s most creative creations. They’ll participate in memorable Bible-learning activities, sing catchy songs, play teamwork-building games, make and dig into yummy treats, experience cool Bible adventures, collect Bible Memory Buddies and test out fun gizmos they’ll take home and play with all summer long. They will also learn to look for evidence of God all around them. Each day concludes with The Tail End, a celebration that gets everyone involved in living what they’ve learned. Family members and friends are encouraged to join.
Kids at Weird Animals VBS will join an international mission effort to share God’s love by providing water for school children in India.
Weird Animals VBS is for kids in grades K-5. Participants can register at http://www.groupvbspro.com/vbs/ez/SouthsideVBS.
Southside Baptist Church is at 4208 U.S. 41 S, Sun City. For more information, call (813) 645-4085.
Help area teachers
The SouthShore Chamber of Commerce is asking the community to support its teachers by making a $15 cash donation for its upcoming Welcome to South Shore New Teacher Breakfast. Each donation provides one teacher with breakfast and a bag of classroom supplies.
The event will take place at 7:30 a.m. Aug. 15 at Destiny Church in Ruskin.
You can also help by donating supplies for the bags. The “wish list” of items includes: pens, pencils, pencil sharpeners, dry erase markers, board erasers, notebook and construction paper, glue, folders, notebooks, Post-it notes, tissues, hand sanitizer and baby wipes – supplies teachers often have to pay for themselves throughout the year.
Donations may be dropped off at the chamber office, 137 Harbor Village Drive, Apollo Beach. Pick-up can be arranged, if needed. All proceeds from the event go directly to the teachers who attend.
For more information, call (813) 645-1366.
Volunteer at Camp Bayou
Camp Bayou’s Outdoor Learning Center is operated entirely by volunteers with funding from donations, grants and programs requesting a small fee. It’s a great way for students to earn community service hours and seniors to spend some time outdoors helping others. Interested in joining the team? Contact Jeri at email@example.com or call (813) 641-8545 to arrange a tour on a Saturday to learn more.
Make a difference
If you’re looking for a part-time job, Hillsborough County is hiring school crossing guards. Applicants must be in good physical condition, have no criminal history and be able to safely guide school-age children through a crosswalk.
The job includes two shifts per day – 7:10 to 8:25 a.m. and 2 to 2:45 p.m.
You must furnish your own attire – a white shirt, black pants and black shoes. The county provides a hat, stop sign, traffic vest and a whistle.
Currently, positions are available at Doby, Apollo Beach, Gibsonton and FishHawk elementary schools. The pay is $10.74 per hour.
For additional information, call Community Service Officer Danny Fassett at (813) 247-8195.
Macy’s to support Good Samaritan Mission
Macy’s and Good Samaritan Mission of Wimauma invite customers to participate in Macy’s ninth annual, national Shop For A Cause charity event on Aug. 23. Created in 2006, the special one-day-only shopping event supports the fundraising efforts of local charities and has helped raise more than $44 million across the country. Local customers can participate in this year’s event by purchasing shopping passes from Good Samaritan Mission now.
The passes sell for $5 each, and the mission gets to keep 100 percent of each one it sells. The pass entitles customers to a day of “spectacular” discounts, entertainment and special events at Macy’s. Special discounts will be offered on most regular, sale and clearance purchases all day. Some exclusions may apply.
For more information, visit www.macys.com/shopforacause.
To purchase a shopping pass from Good Samaritan Mission, contact Anne Madden at (813) 634-7136. Send news items of community interest to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include a contact’s name and phone number.