THE GOSHEN NEWS
Each year in April, thousands of Lifesavers candies show up at shopping centers and stores throughout Elkhart County. Along with them, hundreds of volunteers organize their efforts to raise money for caps — Child and Parent Services.
The 28th annual Life Save Campaign will take place this Friday and Saturday.
During the annual campaign, local residents donate money to supports CAPS’ mission and in return receive Lifesaver candy from one of the volunteers.
CAPS is a local, nonprofit organization that promotes happy kids and healthy families by providing services and education to strengthen families and keep kids safe in Elkhart County.
“April is a time to celebrate the important role that the community plays in protecting our children,” said Candy Yoder, chief executive officers of CAPS, when speaking at the Goshen Chamber Women in Business lunch April 17. “Everyone’s participation is critical. Focusing on ways to build and promote the protective factors, in every interaction with children and families, is the best thing our community can do to prevent child abuse and promote healthy child development.”
From 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, volunteers will be stationed at the following Goshen locations collecting donations and handing out Lifesavers:
• Walmart Supercenter
• Walgreens on Pike Street
• Walgreens on Elkhart Road
• 1st State Bank
• Goshen High School
• Lake City Bank branch at Ind. 15 and C.R. 38 (Friday only)
• Indiana Community Bank
Almost 400 people will stand at the doors of local stores, shopping centers and other high-traffic public areas in Elkhart, goshen, Nappanee, Bristol and Middlebury. All volunteers will be identified as CAPS volunteers by wearing a bright red apron.
This is the first year that volunteers will not stand at street intersections collecting from drivers. Goshen and Elkhart, as well as Elkhart County, recently passed ordinances prohibiting organizations from collecting in the streets.
According to Rob Eichorst, chairman of the CAPS board of directors, CAPS had already decided to eliminate the street collections this year in order to ensure the safety of the volunteers.
Co-chairs of the Goshen campaign are Eichorst, Marianne Hardies, Laurie Lord and Mary Jo Thomas. Volunteers include members of the Elkhart County Exchange Club, Goshen Noon Kiwanis, Exchange Club of Goshen, Delta Theta Tau Sorority, National Honor Society of Goshen High School, Indiana Community Bank employees, Maple City Kiwanis, Tri Kappa and Goshen Rotary.
In addition to the business collection sites, there are a number of other activities taking place to support CAPS.
Wear Blue, Extensions
This Friday is “Wear Blue for Kids” day, in which everyone is asked to wear blue to display a united show of support for the safety of children. For the first time, local hair salons are offering blue hair extensions.
Participating salons are:
• Cutting Loose Salon, 3815 S. Main St., Elkhart
• In Style Salon, 508 W. Lincoln Ave., Goshen
• Infused Salon, 129 Orpha Drive, Middlebury
• L&M Hair Design, 202 S. Main St., Goshen
• Mane Event Hair Design, 211 N. Main St., Elkhart
• Salon 6, 500 Spring Crossing Drive, Middlebury
• Salon J, 130 S. Main St., Goshen
• Tangles Hair Design, 1844 W. Lincoln Ave., Goshen
• The Beauty Shop, 1234 Johnson St., Elkhart
• U.S. Male Hair and Body Salon, 1718 Bashor Road, Goshen
Additionally, the following restaurants are offering “give-back” nights and will donate a percentage of all sales to CAPS for a specified evening:
• 523 Tap & Grill, 423 S. Main St., Elkhart, on Tuesday
• Fat Tomato, 4100 E. Bristol St., Elkhart, on Wednesday
• Sauk Trail on 17, 56039 Parkway Ave., Elkhart, May 6
• Michael’s Italian Restaurant, 528 Harrison St., Elkhart, May 8
• Kelly Jae’s Cafe, 133 S. Main St., Goshen, May 9
• Cafe Navarre, 101 N. Michigan St., South Bend, May 14
• A Constant Spring, 219 S. Main St., Goshen, May 23
• Sports Time Family Pub, 56199 Parkway Ave., Elkhart, May 16
For more information about the Life Saver campaign or the work of CAPS in Elkhart County, call 574-295-2277 or visit www.capselkhart.org or like CAPS-Child and Parent Services on Facebook.