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March 8, 2012 7:48 am

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Community auto program sets record

North Hills Community Outreach's Community Auto program sold vehicles to 14 low-income families in January and February - the most sold in two months since the program's inception in 2003.

The goal is to put 35 more families and individuals into vehicles by October.

Through the program, low-income workers can purchase a vehicle for a price below fair market value and receive their vehicles with a new Pennsylvania inspection sticker, a one-year AAA membership, a full tank of gas and a six-month warranty.

Also, families can receive a free, new car seat for each child through a Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield grant.

Community Auto accepts all vehicles and offers free vehicle pickup. Donors can receive the maximum possible tax deduction when a vehicle goes to a family in need.

In the 2010-11 fiscal year, 44 low-income workers purchased a vehicle through the program and a total of 141 vehicles were donated.


• Donations of organic, seed packets are being collected for North Hills Community Outreach's Rosalinda Sauro Sirianni Garden in Bellevue. Fruit, vegetable, greens, herb and flower seeds as well as monetary donations are welcome.

All garden produce supports North Hills Community Outreach's two food pantries. Last year, NHCO's pantries fed 1,395 families in need. Donations can be dropped off at any NHCO office and the headquarters at 1975 Ferguson Road in McCandless.

• North Hills Community Outreach will hold a one-hour orientation session for prospective volunteers at 6 p.m. March 15 at the agency's headquarters, 1975 Ferguson Road,McCandless.

Information: 412-487-6316, option 2.


Accepting prom gowns and formal wear

Cinderella's Closet, a nonprofit ministry of the North Apollo Church of God, is collecting prom gowns and other formal wear and making the items available at no cost to eligible families.

Last year, Cinderella's Closet gave away 100 dresses. This year it is in need of donations of dresses, shoes, purses, shawls, jewelry and makeup samples. Also needed are volunteers.

Donations can be left at Clow Chiropractic Center in Cranberry, First Commonwealth Bank, Russellton branch, in West Deer and South Pike Cinemas, Sarver.Details: 724-478-1631,,

First Published 2012-03-08 06:50:06

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