Hungry for pancakes? Eat them for a cause.

The Palestine United Way and Applebee’s has joined forces to raise funds for area organizations during the Applebee’s Pancake Breakfast Charity Special, held from 8 to 10 a.m. today.

Cost for the breakfast is $5 per person, with all monies earned from the breakfast going to the United Way to benefit the community to support local agencies such as Meals on Wheels, The Crisis Center of Anderson and Cherokee Counties, Champions for Children, Anderson County Sheltered Workshop, Anderson County Literacy Council and the YMCA.

The United Way pancake breakfast is held on the first Saturday of each month.

Free clogging lessons offered

Here’s a fun and creative way to get more active in 2006. The Palestine Senior Center, located at 125 Kickapoo St., is offering free clogging lessons at 8 a.m. every Tuesday beginning Jan. 31.

Lessons also are being offered at 5:30 p.m. on Thursdays beginning Jan. 26 in Rusk’s Civic Center on Euclid Street.

For more information about the lessons call 936-687-2910, 903-543-7343 or 903-729-0255.

Brookshire’s food drive successful

Brookshire Grocery Company’s Spirit of Christmas Food Drive collected enough food to assist approximately 13,000 families in Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas, and Mississippi, including 20 families in the Palestine area.

“We appreciate the folks who gave so generously to help the less fortunate members of the Palestine area through the holidays,” said Sam Anderson, director of public relations for Brookshire Grocery Company.

Non-perishable food items were donated at Brookshire’s Food Stores. Service agencies or organizations such as the Palestine Kiwanis Club, collected, sorted, boxed and distributed the food to recipients before Christmas day.

Each family received at least one box of food, which contained items such as canned meats, peanut butter, canned vegetables, soups, pasta, dried beans, corn meal, flour, and sugar. Brookshire Grocery Company donated at least one baking hen per family.

The goal of the Spirit of Christmas Food Drive is to help the most needy people, particularly the elderly and single-parent households. Families assisted through the drive are screened by private relief organizations or government agencies to verify their degree of need.