Medical equipment donations being accepted

The Hays Lions Club will be accepting donations of prescription glasses and hearing aids from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday at the ARC Thrift Store, 600 Main.

In addition, the Assistive Technology for Kansans and Kansas Equipment Exchange Reuse program will be accepting donated medical equipment that can be refurbished and then given free of charge to Kansans with disabilities and health conditions who need them.

Among the items that will be accepted are manual and powered wheelchairs, scooters and power-operated vehicles, communication devices, home care beds, patient lifts, shower chairs, standers and gait trainers, and walkers with seats and handbrakes.

More information is available at 785-673-9609.

Fatima Public Rosary Crusade

The Annual America Needs Fatima Public Rosary Crusade is Saturday, Oct. 12 at 29th and Vine streets, near the south entrance to the Mall.  The crusade is open to all. Over 20,000 participated last year across the country. The crusade starts at noon but come by 11:45 a.m. to register and find a place to stand or sit, or bring a lawn chair.  It lasts about a half hour. This rally is held at noon in commemoration of the Miracle of the Sun at Fatima that happened at noon Oct. 13, 1917. Indeed, America is in need of prayers.

Parking is available on the south side of the Habitat for Humanity building.  No parking under the awning in front of the building or on the north side of the building adjacent to the building.

For more information contact Dianna Koerner, 785-623-7412.

Charity run/walk scheduled for Oct. 19

The seventh annual Run/Walk to Help Children Talk will begin at 8:15 a.m. Oct. 19 on the Quad outside the Memorial Union at Fort Hays State University.

Registration will begin at 8:15 a.m., with races beginning at 9 a.m. Proceeds from the 5K run/walk and 1-mile fun walk will provide scholarships to children in need of speech/language services and will support the purchase of clinic materials for the Herndon Clinic on campus.

The event is being sponsored by the Salina Valley Scottish Rite Masons and the FHSU National Student Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

Cost for early-bird registration is $20 for adults, $15 for FHSU students and $10 for children.

Registration is available at


Swipe Out Hunger event coming up

The Global Leadership Project at Fort Hays State University will hold the eighth annual Swipe Out Hunger event from 10 a.m. to noon Oct. 19 at Forsyth Library on campus.

Participants will package meals provided by Numana, Inc. and Convoy of Hope. These meals are then shipped to those in need, both internationally and domestically.

According to a news release, last year volunteers packaged 30,240 meals, which helped feed more than 22,700 children in El Salvador. Organizers said meals packaged this year will also go to El Salvador.

Signup is available at More information is available at