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Random Acts of Kindness gears up for holiday season

Recipes needed for cookbook fund-raiser

Last year around this time, we published a cookbook to help a local cancer victim. We collected recipes from local residents and published it in book form under the name 'Random Acts of Cooking.' It was a smashing success.

There is a lot of culinary talent around here and no end of additional recipes that were missed out on last year. So we are going to publish a sequel.

The beneficiary of this cookbook will be Sandy resident Conor Oliver, an 11-year-old boy who was diagnosed with leukemia in August. Both of Conor's parents are working people. As you can imagine, this is going to place a huge financial burden on his family that will not be covered by their insurance.

So here is what you can do to help: We are looking for recipes for the new cookbook. You can either send them to us by e-mail ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ), or drop them off at AEC with Rebecca Monckton or Luke Lyons.

In this age of the microwave oven, cooking skills are an endangered art. Let's keep the art alive with this cookbook and help a distressed child and his family at the same time. When the cookbook hits the streets, spread the word and pick up a couple for yourself. They make outstanding Christmas gifts. And the price can't be beat.

We would like the recipes by Friday, Oct. 20. It will take some time after that to get them into book form in time for the end-of-the-year holidays.

Last Thanksgiving we provided full meals for about two dozen local families - turkey and all the fixings. For Christmas, we created a 'wish tree' with cards that listed both gift and clothing needs for local families. We hope to undertake those projects again this year.

We also would like to know if any of you are interested in creating something made by your own hands to be auctioned/raffled off to go toward these causes. If so, please reply to this message and tell us what you can make and when you can get it to us.

A few weeks ago we were alerted to another local need. A 9-year-old girl was born deaf and was given a cochlear implant when she was 2 years old. That implant is no longer functional for her, and she needs a new one. She is unable to attend school now until she gets it.

The total cost of the replacement is $6,800. However, she gets a $2,900 trade-in for her old implant, and local radio station KEX has donated $800 toward the cause. That leaves just $3,100 to reach her goal.

If you would like to help, a donation account has been set up at U.S. Bank. You can go to any U.S. Bank and donate to the 'Give Hope hope' account. Anything you can contribute would be very much appreciated.

There are two children out there who need your help. Causes don't get any more worthy than that. This is the kind of thing you were looking for when you got that urge to make the world a better place but didn't know how.

Luke Lyons is one of the organizers of local grassroots aid group Random Acts of Kindness.