'Flight to the North Pole' for terminally ill children
MANATEE -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office will hold its 29th annual "Flight to the North Pole" to provide terminally ill children lunch and gifts Thursday.
The event is not open to the public, but the sheriff's office is accepting donations mailed to Flight to the North Pole Inc., 600 301 Blvd. W., Suite 202, Bradenton FL 34205.
Clowns will entertain the children, Home Depot will provide a work craft station, a private school chorus will sing Christmas songs to families and McDonald's, Olive Garden and Gio's will provide lunch.
The children will give Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus their wish list before receiving bags filled with presents.
MTI students barber people in need at Hope Portraits
MANATEE -- Manatee Technical Institute barbering student Charles Green was one of more than 40 volunteers Saturday at the annual Hope Portrait event at the First Baptist Church in Bradenton.
Students gave hair cuts, styles, make-up and nail services to 35 people in need who had their photos taken for free.
"The people who came were really appreciative," said Green. "Helping people out is why I got into barbering in the first place."
The MTI students performed the cosmetology services as a community service project for SkillsUSA.
-- Herald staff reports