The Center for Civic Leadership at Fort Hays State University is sponsoring "Swipe Out Hunger," a food packaging initiative to send more than 30,000 meals to Haiti.

The event will take place between noon and 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 19, in Cunningham Hall on the FHSU campus. There will be two shifts, noon to 1 p.m. and 1 to 2 p.m.

"This service is especially important this year because, as a result of the pandemic, Haiti is short over 7 million meals, meaning tens of thousands of people are currently starving," according to a news release.

Individuals may sign up using the link: Face masks are required, and social distancing will be observed.

‘Blessing of the Animals’ service to be held

St. Michael’s Episcopal Church, 2900 Canal Blvd., will observe the "Blessing of the Animals" at 11:30 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 4, on the church lawn. The event is being held to commemorate the Feast Day of St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals.

The Rev. Shay Craig, vicar, said, "All well-behaved pets are welcome to be blessed by the priest. A photo of the pet may be used as a substitute, especially snakes and spiders."

She added she is willing to come to homes to bless at-home animals, livestock and chickens. A hot dog roast will follow the blessings.

Workshop to address food loss, waste

Fort Hays State University will observe the "International Day of Awareness of Food Loss and Waste" with a workshop on Zoom from 7 to 8 p.m. Monday, Sept. 28.

"Food waste happens at every step of the production line, and in the U.S. alone over 133 billion pounds of food are wasted every year. This number is especially stark when considering the thousands of people who die every day from starvation," a news release stated.

The event will address what individuals can do to limit their own food waste and the impacts of continuing high levels of food loss and waste.

Interested participants may register at

Lions Club selling German goodies as fundraiser

The Hays Lions Club will be selling German goodies through Friday, Oct. 2. This fundraiser is replacing the club’s traditional booth at Oktoberfest, according to a news release.

Bierocks are $5 each or $60 per dozen. Green bean dumpling soup is $25 a gallon. Spitzbuben are $10 a dozen.

Orders may be called in and picked up at the Rose Garden Banquet Hall, (785) 625-9508; the address is 2350 E. Eighth St. Individuals may order as many times as they wish.

All funds raised will be distributed back into Ellis County via donations to community organizations, according to the news release.

Habitat seeks board, committee members

Habitat for Humanity of Ellis County is seeking board members and Family Selection Committee members.

Habitat is a non-profit, non-denominational Christian housing organization whose mission is to build safe, decent, affordable houses in partnership with those in need of adequate shelter.

To date, it has built or refurbished four homes in Ellis County—two in Hays, one in Ellis and one in Victoria.

Members must be Ellis County residents who support Habitat’s mission. Individuals from all sectors of the county are welcomed, according to a news release.

Meetings are being held via Zoom and by email during the COVID-19 pandemic until further notice, said Leslie Wyatt, the affiliate’s executive director. Interested individuals may contact her at (785) 623-4200 or