Third annual winter clothing drive seeks donations of winter coats, hats, mittens and blankets. Drop items off at Bonnie J. Jacobson Farmers Insurance Agency, Life 97.3, and DLH Clothing. Donate and receive an ice cream treat. “Ice Cream Should Be Cold. Your Neighbors Should Not Be.” Email bjacobson2@farmersagent.com.

2021 Open Door Coat Rack provides new and/or clean gently used winterwear for kids and adults, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, Oct. 27-28 as well as 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 29, United Methodist Church, 1701 S.E. Fifth Ave., Grand Rapids. First-come, first-served, social distance protocols followed.

VFW 1720 Auxiliary care package drive is collecting personal items for U.S. Veterans. Donated items will benefit veterans at the Minnesota Veterans Home in Silver Bay. Items needed include: Walmart, Target, McDonald’s, Subway or Amazon gift cards; monetary donations accepted by VFW 1720 Auxiliary; candy and snacks; toothpaste and tooth brushes; deodorant, denture cleaner and adhesive, craft kits, disposable three-blade razors, Bryl Cream, men’s aftershave or cologne, 100-300 piece puzzles, body wash, shampoo, conditioner, easy car or tractor models, postage stamps, blank note cards, stationary, nail clippers, nail files, adult coloring books, colored pencils, or markers. Drop off your donations at these locations:

  • VFW Post 1720, 1212 N.W. Fourth St., Grand Rapids.
  • Move It Real Estate, 225 N.W. First Ave., Grand Rapids.
  • Brier Clothing, 413 N.W. First Ave., Grand Rapids.
  • Itasca Co Veterans Office, 410 N.E. Second Ave., Grand Rapids.
  • Itasca Co Resource Center, 1209 S.E. Second Ave., Grand Rapids.
  • ElderCircle, at the YMCA, 400 River Road, Grand Rapids.

CHUM 2021 Outreach Fundraiser and Online Auction, Friday, Oct. 29 through Nov. 8. Presented by North Shore Bank, CHUM’s Annual Outreach Dinner and Auction is online this year. On any given night in Duluth, there are at least 200 people living unsheltered; in the woods, under bridges or in makeshift encampments. CHUM's Street Outreach team, led by Deb Holman, seeks out these most vulnerable of our neighbors to provide basic necessities for survival – food, water, tents, sleeping bags, warm clothing – and to connect them with local resources to stabilize their lives and find permanent housing. Go to chumduluth.org for details and to bid. Goal: $50,000.

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Operation Christmas Child shoebox week is Nov. 15-22. Go to samaritanspurse.org for more information on where to drop off your boxes or create one online.

Second Harvest Northern Food Bank is searching for 9-12 volunteers who can help distribute BackPack Program food to children experiencing weekend hunger in Duluth schools. Volunteers are needed to pick up food from its facility and deliver it to a Duluth school twice each month (the first and third Wednesday, 9:30-11:30 a.m. pickup). This is a great opportunity for social/fraternal, religious or corporate groups who could “Adopt-A-School” and rotate their members each distribution. They are looking for reliable volunteers who are able to stand, lift, bend and carry up to 50 pounds. This opportunity requires a valid driver’s license, proof of acceptable insurance limits and a clean, reliable vehicle. Contact Andrew Haukebo, volunteer and development coordinator, at 218-336-2303.

AEOA's Central Kitchen needs volunteers to help in the kitchen from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday through Friday. Call Kirsten at 218-409-5991 if interested.

AARP Tax-Aide Program seeks volunteers in Lake County for the 2021 tax season. AARP’s Tax-Aide Program, one of the nation's largest free, volunteer-run tax preparation and assistance services, is seeking volunteers across the Lake County district to help Minnesota taxpayers who are seeking assistance preparing and filing their 2021 tax returns. Volunteers do not need to be an AARP member or retiree and do not have to have a background in tax preparation to participate. Tax-Aide volunteers receive free tax training. Also needed are district manager and communication coordinator positions. These do not have to be filled with trained tax preparers, but have the important role of managing the local program. Greeters who assist those who come to the sites are also needed. To help out, call Jerry at 218-595-0268 or email mn2d41th@gmail.com.

Courage Kenny Northland is seeking skiers and snowboarders to join our team of over 100 Northland volunteers. We also have positions off the slopes including check-in and equipment assistants. You will receive training on adaptive equipment and techniques for teaching skiers and boarders with disabilities. No teaching experience necessary. New volunteers are paired with experienced volunteer instructors, with a typical ratio of two to three volunteer instructors per student. Our participants range from 6 to over 60 years old. You will receive free lift tickets while volunteering; however, you do need to provide your own equipment and helmet (Ski Swap at Spirit Mountain is Friday and Saturday. Major discounts on new and used equipment). Starting age to volunteer is 16. Program runs from Jan. 9-March 3:

  • Spirit Mountain, Duluth: 1:30-4 p.m. Sundays, 5:30-8 p.m. Tuesdays and 5:30-8 p.m. Thursdays.

  • Giants Ridge, Biwabik: 10 a.m.-noon Sundays and/or noon-2 p.m. Sundays.

Volunteers pick the weekly lesson day that works best in their schedule. Volunteer trainings are required:

  • New volunteer orientation (Dryland): 5:30-8:30 p.m. Nov. 11 at Spirit Mountain.

  • On-the-hill training: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Dec. 11-12 at Spirit Mountain or 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Jan. 8-9 at Giants Ridge.

Contact Beth Albrecht at 218-726-4834 ext. 3 or elizabeth.albrecht2@allina.com.

Life 97.3 invites you to help spread kindness in the Northland. The radio station invites the public in collecting 973 Random Acts of Kindness through Nov. 13, which just so happens to be World Kindness Day. Every time someone does a random act of kindness, Life 97.3 asks you to click its “kindness” button as it works its way to collecting a whopping 973 acts of kindness. Then, the radio station will share stories of kindness and encourage others to continue on this kindness journey. For questions, call Kelley Johnson at 218-722-6700 or email kelley@life973.com.

Skyline Rotary's Rock the Skyline fundraiser, featuring a costume contest and live music by Aftershock, The Most Wanted and Northwoods, 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, Clyde concert center, 2920 W. Michigan St., Duluth. Free beer and cider tastings. Admission: $20. Proceeds go to Duluth Fire Department Water Rescue. Go to facebook.com/skylinerotary.

Local nonprofit Memorial Blood Center is facing a shortage of blood and platelet donations. To replenish supplies for the Northland’s hospitals, trauma centers, and air ambulance bases, more healthy donors are needed at blood drives and donor centers. Donating blood takes less than an hour and costs nothing. Staff at the blood center continue to take extra precautions to help prevent person-to-person spread of COVID-19, including reimplementing facial covering requirements. Interested donors can learn more about these safety precautions, find out if they’re eligible, or schedule an appointment to give at mbc.org or by calling 888-448-3253.

Upcoming blood drives:

  • 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 28, Barnum High School, 3675 County Road 140, Barnum.

  • 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday, Oct. 29, Carlton High School, 405 School Ave., Carlton.

  • 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 29, Northland College, 1411 Ellis Ave., Ashland.

Duluth Art Institute seeks docent volunteers for the weekends. Docents supervise the galleries to ensure visitors and the artwork are safe. The Duluth Art Institute gathers volunteer docents during special events when there are more visitors expected than the average day. Call Liz at 218-723-1310 or email engagement@duluthartinstitute.org for more details.

AEOA's Meals on Wheels program needs a volunteer driver on Mondays for the Morgan Park area. Meals are picked up at the Central Kitchen in Lincoln Park between 9:30-10 a.m. with an approximate delivery time of about 90 minutes. During the coronavirus pandemic, this service has become more important than ever. Consider volunteering for this very rewarding position. Call Kirsten at 218-409-5991.

American Red Cross blood drives: The American Red Cross continues to experience a severe blood shortage as the number of trauma cases, organ transplants and elective surgeries rise — and deplete the nation’s blood inventory. There is an emergency need for donors to give now to ensure blood is on hospital shelves when patients need it. To make an appointment or for more information, download the Red Cross blood donor app, visit redcrossblood.org, call 800-733-2767 or enable the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device.

Upcoming drives:

  • 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Nov. 11-12, Amsoil Arena, 350 Harbor Drive, Duluth.

  • 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 1, UMD Kirby Student Center, 1049 University Drive, Duluth.

  • 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Dec. 2, Shriners Event Center, 5152 Miller Trunk Highway, Duluth.

Ecumen Lakeshore, 4002 London Road, is seeking drivers for its home-delivered meals program. Call Jana at 218-625-7822 or email JanaWarner@ecumen.org.

Do you like to read aloud? The Lighthouse Center for Vital Living needs volunteers who will read the newspaper once a month. Reading takes place at the Lighthouse in a recording booth that is COVID-19 safe. To learn more, email Michelle at michjunt@gmail.com.

Essentia Health St. Mary’s Hospice is seeking caring and compassionate people who have a listening heart and may have talents, skills, hobbies or interests to share. They are looking for people who will make a difference in the lives of people on hospice and their caregivers. Trained hospice volunteers help in many ways: provide companionship, housework, yardwork, caregiver respite or office skills. Share your talents or skills like singing or playing musical instruments or the ability to speak multiple languages. Hospice volunteers support and encourage people on hospice in a variety of unique and individual ways to live, until end of life.

Essentia Health Duluth Hospice serves people at Solvay Hospice House, and within a 75-mile radius area including the communities of Silver Bay, Superior, Solon Springs, Sandstone and Saginaw. For more information on volunteer training, call Katie Neff Dawson 218-786-4020 or email hospiceduluthvs@essentiahealth.org. To volunteer in the Grand Rapids area, call Robbie Radaich at 218-327-8780 or the Virginia area, call Katie Bird at 218-749-7976.