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Community briefs: Backpack giveaway; recycling event; refugees benefit; student news – Independent Record


Cellular Plus giving backpacks with school supplies

Verizon-Cellular Plus in Helena will be giving away free backpacks filled with school supplies on Saturday, July 30, from 10 a.m. to noon.

The Verizon-Cellular Plus Backpack to School program incorporates employees, customers, and vendor partners. An internal employee donation program was organized while stores are also accepting donations from their guests in order to help as many families as possible. Donations stay local so each backpack that is donated at a specific location will be distributed to children in that same area.

No purchase is necessary to receive a backpack, but a child must be present with an adult to claim their free backpack. There are a limited number available and will be distributed while supplies last.

Cellular Plus is located at 1302 Prospect Ave., next to Papa John’s.

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Recycling event is today

Friday, July 29 is 406 Recycling’s monthly electronics recycling event supporting the Good Samaritan Thrift Store. This monthly event is a great time to responsibly recycle broken, outdated, or unwanted electronics.

The collection takes place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the Good Samaritan Thrift Store parking lot located at 3067 N. Montana Ave. Most office, computer, and entertainment-related electronics are accepted for data-secure, responsible recycling. Many items are accepted for free including personal electronics, office equipment, entertainment systems, and accessories. Charges may apply for older-style TVs and monitors, large televisions, and microwaves. A voluntary $10 donation to Good Samaritan is encouraged.

406 Recycling’s food scrap and compostable collection program, 406 Compost will also be on-site to talk to individuals and businesses about compost collection and compostable food service options include home address and exchange sites in town for rural residents. Current exchange sites include The Good Samaritan and The Real Food Store. 406 Compost is proud to be a contractor for the City of Helena and provide front door service to homes in and near town. More details about 406 Compost’s collection program can be found at

Benefit for Afghan refugees

On Saturday, Aug. 6, Plymouth Congregational Church, Hands on Global, as well as 18 other local co-sponsors, invite the public to participate in a benefit for Afghan refugees currently living in Helena. All are invited to play or watch ping pong, featuring local celebrities.

The benefit will take place in the lower level of Plymouth, located at the corner of Winne and Oakes, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Ping pong players of all ages and abilities, as well as those just wanting to watch, are welcome to participate anytime. In addition, local musicians will perform throughout the morning.

Donations from the ping pong benefit will be used to purchase school supplies, clothes and other necessary goods.

Plan to meet our Afghan neighbors and enjoy their culinary contributions over the lunch hour. To help recover some of the food costs, there will be a small fee charged to those who want to try some Afghan snacks. For more information, contact Plymouth at 406-442-9883. Donations for this cause (checks or cash) are welcome anytime by contacting the church.

AARP driver safety classes upcoming

AARP driver safety has single classes scheduled in Helena during July and August. Participants receive updates on the rules of the road and learn driving strategies to adapt to the effects of aging and to reduce chances of having a crash. The course was developed for participants age 50-plus; but is open to all …….


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