Area briefs

A nonprofit will win $10,000

MIAMI COUNTY — To kick off its new Troy Kroger Banking Center grand opening scheduled for January 2016, Greenville Federal will donate $10,000 to one deserving local non-profit, which will be chosen by the Miami County community.

The deadline to submit an application is Friday, Dec. 4.

The GF 10K Giveaway committee will review all applications where they will choose five finalists.

Each finalist will be posted on Greenville Federal’s Facebook page ( for the Miami County community to then cast their vote. The winner will be announced at the Greenville Federal Troy Banking Center Grand Opening scheduled for January 2016.

Those nonprofits interested in entering can email Greenville Federal 10K Giveaway Committee at and ask for an application.

Cell phones needed for soldiers

PIQUA — Melcher-Sowers Funeral Home is the site of a program called “Old Glory Collection Center.” The funeral home is one of more than 500 exclusive veterans and family memorial care providers nationwide participating in this program to collect old, tattered, unusable flags to be retired in a dignified manner in accordance with the U.S. Flag Code. You may drop off any retired flags at Melcher-Sowers Funeral Home in Piqua, Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and the staff will see to it that they are put to rest with honor and respect.

Another way VFMC providers are reaching out is by their participation in the Cell Phones for Soldiers program. More than 150,000 troops are serving overseas and are away from their families. Hundreds of veterans and family memorial care providers nationwide are calling on all Americans to support these brave men and women by donating old, unused cell phones. Included in becoming an exclusive veterans and family memorial care provider, Melcher-Sowers Funeral Home in Piqua has become an official drop off site for Cell Phones for Soldiers to help troops stay connected with their families. Local residents can support the collection drive by donating their cell phones at Melcher-Sowers Funeral Home, 646 W. High St., Piqua, between the hours of 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday.

“We’re proud to show our support for our U.S. troops and to contribute to a worthy cause like Cell Phones for Soldiers,” said Jerry Sowers.

Cell Phones for Soldiers was founded by teenagers Robbie and Brittany Bergquist of Norwell, Mass., with $21 of their own money. Since then the registered 501c3 non-profit organization has raised almost $1 million in donations and distributed more than 50,000 prepaid calling cards to soldiers serving overseas.

The donated phones are sent to ReCellular, which pays cell phones for soldiers for each phone, enough to provide an hour of talk time to soldiers abroad. Approximately half the phones ReCellular processes are reconditioned and resold to wholesale companies in more than 40 countries around the world. Phones and components that cannot be refurbished are dismantled and recycled to reclaim materials.