Back-to-School Donations 

Also: Children of St. Jude, tax reform

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This back-to-school season, help out by donating school supplies to refugee children whose first day of class may also be their first day in an American school. This weekend, get in one more summer run to support cancer research. Later, attend a forum on America’s fiscal future with Sen. Orrin Hatch.

Back-to-School Donation Drive
Aug. 25-31

The International Rescue Committee has long helped newly placed refugees find their footing in Utah. The organization is asking for back-to-school supply donations for local refugee children. Items wanted include: new and gently used backpacks, pencils, pens, highlighters, crayons, three-ring binders, lined paper and calculators. Donations can be dropped off at IRC headquarters. International Rescue Committee, 231 E. 400 South, Suite 50, 801-328-1091, donations accepted until Aug. 31, Rescue.org

Running for Children of St. Jude
Saturday, Aug. 27

Runners across the nation will be joining in a run to raise $1.5 million to help St. Jude Children’s Hospital and its corporate sponsor Window World Cares in funding critical cancer research. Hoof it for a cause by paying $20 to $45 to run a 5K or 10K race. Prizes, refreshments and good karma will be awaiting runners at the finish line. Liberty Park, 600 E. 900 South, 801-830-4694, Aug. 27, 8 a.m.-1 p.m., WindowWorldUtah.com

America’s Fiscal Future: Tax & Entitlement Reform
Wednesday, Aug. 31

Sen. Orrin Hatch will be headlining a forum at Utah Valley University that will be talking dollars and cents and the current battle being waged by conservatives on tax and entitlement reform. Anyone interested in digging the nation’s debt out of the red, and whether that goal justifies austerity on Medicare and tax reform affecting the nation’s poor, should check this out. Other speakers will include Dave Camp, R-Michigan, chairman of the House Committee on Ways & Means, and Douglas Holtz-Eakin, president of the American Action Forum. Ragan Theater, 800 W. University Parkway, Utah Valley University, 801-863-6455, Aug. 31, 10-11:30 a.m., UVU.edu/Ethics

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