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Volunteers for Iowa City Needed

Our “gifts of hope” program is expanding to Iowa City! We need your help. Our workshops taking place at the Russell and Ann Gerdin American Cancer Society Hope Lodge on the fourth Thursday of each month and at Beadology on the First Thursday of each month kick off September 25! We need volunteers to help make the gifts as well as take on leadership roles like workshop facilitator, finisher, packager and distributor. To get involved in this volunteer effort please contact the Gems of Hope office at 319-393-9681 or We could not do what we do without the support...

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Wing and Gems, A Great Success!

A BUFFALO BIG thanks to our Youth Advisory Board (YAB) for their help planning an event for Gems at the Edgewood Road Buffalo Wild Wings. Eat Wings Support Gems raised $268.05 for Gems of Hope! Thanks YAB and thanks to BWW for supporting local non profits. Nate, Michelle, and the whole staff at Wings, we were glad to spend the day with you. Thanks for your support.

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2015 Gems of Hope Scholarship Info Available!

A Gems of Hope Scholarship opportunity for graduating seniors in Cedar Rapids and surrounding communities who have personally been affected by cancer is available. Criteria for this $500 scholarship includes: The student has been previously diagnosed with cancer, or The student has an immediate family member who has had cancer (sibling, mother, father) and The student must be accepted and planning on attending college in the fall of the next year. 2015 scholarship information! Application deadline is March 23, 2015 at 4pm, CST!

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We met the challenge, and had a great lunch to benefit Gems too!

Well, we took our ALS challenge today, and we thought why not do it right after a tasty lunch at Buffalo Wild Wings on Edgewood Rd. Today 10% of the proceeds from the food total of your bill can go to benefit Gems of Hope. Just show them the event flier or mention it to your server.   Ok, Metro Catholic Outreach and Catholic Charities, you are up!

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