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April 26, 2012

CAPS raising money with Lifesavers to prevent child abuse

GOSHEN — Thousands of Lifesavers candies will show up at shopping centers and stores through Elkhart County Friday and Saturday. Along with them will be hundreds of local volunteers, organized to raise money for CAPS - Child and Parent Services.

This is the 27th year for the Life Save Campaign, when local residents help fight child abuse by donating money and in return receive Lifesaver candy from one of the volunteers.

From 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, volunteers will be at the following Goshen locations collecting donations and handing out Lifesavers:

• Walmart Supercenter

• Walgreens on Pike Street

• 1st State Bank

• The street corner of Eighth Street and Plymouth Avenue

• Goshen High School

• Lake City Bank Main Office (Friday only)

• Lake City Bank branch at Ind. 15 and C.R. 38 (Saturday only)

• Indiana Community Bank

Additionally, Martin’s Super Market in Goshen (and most of their Elkhart stores, too) will host a hot dog cookout Friday and Saturday.

Bill and Kristin Fenech, along with Bobbi Meyers, co-chairs for this year’s campaign, stated in a press release that 500 people will be offering Lifesavers at 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 the bright red aprons they will be wearing.

Co-chairs of the Goshen campaign are Rob Eichorst, Marianne Hardies, Laurie Lord and Mary Jo Thomas. Volunteers are: 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.

Elkhart County residents interested in more information about the Life Saver Campaign or the work of CAPS in Elkhart County can call the CAPS office at 295-2277.

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