Area giving projects kick off this week


October 31, 2011 - 12:00 AM

Sign-up for those seeking assistance through Adopt-A-Child, one of Iola’s largest Christmas charity ventures, runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday at First Baptist Church.
Any Allen County family that receives assistance from the Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services, or meets other income guidelines, is eligible to receive gifts for their children under 18. Also eligible are Medicaid recipients.
Wednesday’s registration requires bringing their children’s Social Security cards and a medical card or other proof of income.
Recipients will list their children’s ages, clothing sizes, needs and wish lists.
Sign-up for Iola Police Department’s Project Care runs simultaneously.
Iolans wishing to supply gifts for the children may pick up lists beginning Nov. 7. Organizers said most donors spend an average of about $40 per child.
The gifts must be handed in by Dec. 5 so they can be distributed on Dec. 13.
Donors bringing in gifts for the children are asked to leave the items unwrapped.
For more information, contact Cheryl Sparks, 365-1789, Barbie Daugharthy, 365-5061, or Teresa Gribble, 365-91Courtney Lair, daughter of Greg and Judy Lair, Piqua, was honored during Kansas State University’s weekend homecoming activities with the Young Professional Award.
The award is given to honor significant contributions in human ecology by a K-State graduate in the early stages of his or her career. Recipients must have demonstrated significant career accomplishments, as well as contributions to human ecology through publications, professional organizations and programs.
Lair earned her bachelor’s degree in apparel marketing, with a minor in marketing, in 2006. Following graduation, she moved to New York City to work for Saks Fifth Avenue’s online business. Two years later she moved to as a merchant assistant in women’s shoes, its highest volume division. A year later Lair was promoted to assistant buyer and in August 2010 she was promoted to assistant buyer in women’s ready-to-wear.
Lair is a member of the New York Junior League, where she is involved in fundraising and event planning. She also is involved in the Tri Delta New York Alumni Chapter and co-chaired its annual St. Jude fundraiser.
Lair helps K-State students and young graduates with career guidance.
A 2002 graduate of Yates Center High School, Lair is the granddaughter of Richard and Lois Burris, Iola, and Virgil and Mary Alice Lair, Piqua.03.

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