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Family Care Fair at Salvation Army

Family Care Fair and open house Friday, April 19, from noon to 4 p.m. at the Salvation Army, 40 Water St. All are welcome. Free gifts, lunch, one hour of child care while parents and grandparents peruse the many tables with information that all working families need to know. Everything from Girl Scouts to food stamps to Anna Jaques Hospital to the public library and everything in between. There will be a popcorn machine, face painting and other things for the kids. Also free haircuts and a free gently used boutique.

Donate children’s clothing, baby gear

Community Giving Tree’s blue minivan will be collecting gently used children’s clothing and baby goods at Cushing Playground on Kent Street on the third Saturday of each month from 10 a.m. to noon. Future dates include April 20 and May 18.

The public is encouraged to bring clean, high-quality used clothing, crib bedding, bouncy seats, safety gates, baby monitors and anything else needed to raise a child. Toys are not being collected at this time.

Community Giving Tree partners with social service agencies throughout Essex County to distribute donations to local children in need. For more information about Community Giving Tree, a complete list of items being collected and local collection dates, visit www.communitygivingtree.org.

Make Way for Molly fundraiser May 18

The fifth annual Make Way for Molly Pan Massachusetts Challenge fundraiser featuring dinner, dancing, silent auction and raffles will be held Saturday, May 18, from 7 p.m. to midnight at the Elks Lodge on Low Street in Newburyport. This is the seventh year the Make Way for Molly team has ridden in the Pan-Mass Challenge and the fourth year the Barlow family of Newburyport’s niece, Molly Callahan, has been cancer free. Callahan, who was diagnosed with leukemia at age 10, will be graduating from high school this year and will be going on to college to study nursing, hoping to someday work on the same floor at Children’s Hospital in Boston where she herself was treated.

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