The Alma and Republican City UMCs in Nebraska, sponsored an Imagine No Malaria event on Aug. 11 at the Alma school basketball courts. Teams of adults, youth and children requested pledges per free throw and lump sum donations in advance and then shot free throws during the event. Trophies were given to the team who made the most shots and who also received the most in pledges and to the four individuals who made the most free throws. All team members were given a malaria swatter. The team “God Squad!” consisted of Pastor Jim Bendorf, his wife Penny, church secretary Doris Brandon and her husband Gary. More than $1,500 was raised as a result of this event and donations are still coming. The Short Stop convenience store in Alma donated drinks for the event. It was a fun time for a good cause.
“The Harlan County Journal” provided publicity in the Aug. 1 and 15 editions.