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Church monthly diaper giveaway coming up

FLINT TWP. — Hope United Methodist Church, 467 Beecher Rd, holds its’ monthly Diaper Bank giveaways on the first Thursday of every month. The next one is coming up on November 2. Diaper sizes to fit newborns to age six months are handed out free of charge on a first-come, first-served basis. No identification is required. Hope Church is also known as the church on the hill at Beecher and Mill (roads). For more information, call 810-732-4820. –R.S.

League of Women Voters announces honorees for Making Democracy Work Award

GENESEE COUNTY — Doreen Fulcher and Ingrid Halling are the honorees for the League of Women Voters -Flint area Making Democracy Work celebration, to be held at 1 p.m. Sunday, Oct 29 at Redwood Steakhouse.5304 Gateway Center in Mundy Twp. The award recognizes women, over the age of 50, who have made significant contributions to advancing democracy in Flint and/or Genesee County. Fulcher is the Elections Supervisor for Genesee County and Halling is a retired librarian and former president of two Flint non-profits. Christina Shockley, host of Michigan Radio’s All Things Considered, will be the featured speaker. Tickets are $35 per person and can be reserved online at — R.S.

Tickets on sale for annual fundraiser to help children

FLINT TWP. — Tickets are being sold for “Unlock their Future,” the annual fundraiser dinner to benefit Motherly Intercession, 3010 Dye Road. The organization works to help children of incarcerated parents. The benefit dinner will be held at 5 p.m. on Saturday, November 11 at the Davison Knights of Columbus Hall, 8428 Davison Road. The evening will include a fashion show, the 2017 Essential Piece Honoree Ceremony, a Deals and Steals silent auction, a television raffle and door prizes. Tickets are $50 per adult and $20 for children under age 10. Sponsorships also are offered. Get more information or buy tickets online at Registrations/PublicFill/ EventPublicFill.aspx- ?evtid=ce151ad3-5137- 438b-a93a-48b4a68f3cdd

FBI busts sex traffickers

Twelve children were saved from juvenile sex trafficking in Michigan last week.

The FBI led a recovery operation with state police and the Flint, Flint Township, Grand Blanc Township and Mott Community College police departments, among others, from Oct. 12 to 15.

In addition to recovering the children, agents arrested eight traffickers or pimps and their associates. Another 46 adults involved in prostitution were placed into temporary custody. Nationwide, 84 minors were recovered and 120 traffickers arrested as part of Operation Cross Country XI.

As part of Operation Cross Country XI, FBI agents and task force officers staged operations in hotels, casinos, and truck stops, as well as on street corners and Internet websites. Nationally, the youngest victim recovered during this year’s operation was 3 months old, and the average age of victims recovered during the operation was 15 years old. Minors recovered during Cross Country Operations are offered assistance from state protective services and the FBI’s Victim Services Division. Depending on the level of need, victims are offered medical and mental health counseling, and other services. – L.R.

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