Who is Henry the Hand?
MONROE – Fran Hoover, child care health consultant, implements the Henry the Hand program in Union County child care centers and homes.
The program trains students and caregivers to prevent the spread of respiratory and gastro-intestinal infections by proper hand hygiene and cough etiquette.
If hand awareness is taught before age 5, children will be more likely to practice lifelong habits of excellent hand hygiene and cough etiquette, reducing absenteeism from school and lost work time for parents.
Union County’s Child Care Health Consultants work with child care programs to assess, plan, implement and evaluate strategies to achieve high quality, safe, healthy child care environments.
Visit www.henrythehand.com for details.
Social services celebrates National Adoption Month
MONROE– The Union County Division of Social Services held an adoption event Nov. 4 to celebrate, promote and bring awareness to adoption.
The event honored those who have contributed to each child’s adoption journey, while bringing continued awareness to the need for more families for waiting children.
This year’s theme, “Finding the Missing Pieces,” focused on contributions each of us has in finding homes for children in need of permanency through adoptions. Each family, child, social worker and community partner are all a “piece” of the tapestry that creates stable, loving families for children through adoptions.
Better Business Bureau warns about phishing scams
MATTHEWS – Better Business Bureau reminds customers to maintain good judgment when clicking around on the Internet to avoid phishing scams.
• Look out for fake shipping notifications. These may look like they are coming from UPS or FedEx, but these phony emails may include links or downloads that will download viruses or try to capture sensitive personal information. Look for spelling or branding errors in the email and hover over links to see where they will take you.
• Beware of fake coupons. These fake coupons often circulate around the holidays and require you to input your personal information before you can download the “coupon.” These are often set up to capture sensitive information to use against you elsewhere. Go directly to the source to see if they are really offering the coupon.
• Shop on legitimate, secure websites. Make sure the website you are on is the one you intended to be on and not a look alike. Type the URL of a store into the search bar directly, rather than clicking a link. Visit www.bbb.org for details.
Veterans ID cards now online
MONROE – Veterans can apply for an identification card to serve as a proof of service in the Armed Forces through a new web-based application.
Veterans must visit www.vets.gov, click on “Apply for Printed Veteran ID Card” on the bottom left of the page, and sign in or create an account. Veterans who have trouble applying may call 855-574-7286.
The Union County Veterans Service Office is available to help with general questions regarding the types of veterans’ ID cards available. Call 704-283-3807 for details.
Christmas Bureau needs toys, gift donations
MONROE – The Union County Christmas Bureau needs new toys and gift donations for children 0-2 and 10-plus, as well as new clothing in all sizes.
Donations can be dropped off at the former Sears site at the Monroe Crossing Mall, located at 2115 W. Roosevelt Blvd.
The Christmas Bureau is also seeking volunteers for Dec. 18 and 19. Call Gloria Haney at 704-296-4312 or email Christmas@unioncoun tync.gov to help. Register as a volunteer at https://www.cervistech.com/acts/console.php?console_id=0234&console_type=event.
Shipt works with Lidl stores
SAN FRANCISCO – Shipt will begin delivering groceries from Lidl on Dec. 7 in three metro areas across North Carolina, including Charlotte (Waxhaw).
The marketplace gives customers the ability to browse local stores’ aisles online, in addition to categories featuring healthy ingredients, seasonal selections and inspiration for quick, easy meals.
“By expanding our pilot with Shipt, we are excited to offer our valued customers another convenient way to receive the affordable, trusted products they have come to expect from Lidl,” said Zara Khaleeli, senior project manager at Lidl, Visit www.Shipt.com to apply.
Fisher provides mentoring
to small businesses
WAXHAW – Don Fisher was elected executive vice president of internal affairs for Charlotte SCORE, an organization of executives and owners that provide mentorships to small businesses.
Fisher spent 38 years with J.C. Penney in store retail, operations and district work. Before moving to Waxhaw in 2013, he spent 12 years at Southeast Missouri hospitals serving in business development, practice operations and volunteer services.
Fisher has served as chairman of the Union County Planning Board and past president of the Waxhaw-Weddington Rotary Club. He’s volunteered as a SCORE mentor for five years.
Veranda unveils new drinks
CHARLOTTE – The Ballantyne recently introduced a new slate of cocktails, including one dubbed the Waxhaw Manhattan.
The drink features Woodford Reserve Rye, Carpano Antica Vermouth, Blackberry Cabernet Syrup, Toschi Cherry.
Guests can buy it for $14 in the hotel’s lobby bar, known as The Veranda.
The hotel is located at 10000 Ballantyne Commons Pkwy.
Visit www.theballantynehotel.com for details.