The Delaware County Chapter of the American Red Cross is kicking off a new holiday campaign.

The Delaware County Chapter of the American Red Cross is kicking off a new holiday campaign.

Through the online Gifts that Save the Day catalog at www.redcross.org/gifts, people can make a donation that could provide food and shelter for a disaster victim for a day, a press release said. The gifts include a military comfort kit with a robe, a phone card and other supplies for a wounded warrior, or a month of basic necessities for a family in another country who lost everything in a disaster.

"We know that these are difficult times for many families and businesses in Delaware County, but the Red Cross has seen that when Americans are in need, America always responds," said Tracey Wilson, executive director of the Delaware County Chapter.

Gifts made through the catalog are contributions toward a Red Cross program area, not a donation to a specific project or item. The donations will be used to provide assistance where it is needed most within the program area; remaining money is put to use where it is needed most.

DATA Bus, Delaware County's public transit system, has announced it will offer a pilot project for expanded service hours during the first three weeks of December.

The expanded service hours will be Fridays until 10 p.m. and Saturdays from 8 a.m. until 10 p.m. As with DATA Bus' current service, the expanded hours are open and available to anyone in Delaware County.

During the pilot project, DATA Bus will ask riders to complete surveys to evaluate the community need for regular evening and weekend service in 2010.

The expanded service is for demand response transportation, which requires advance scheduling and is based on vehicle availability. The cost is the same for DATA Bus' regular service, which is no more than $2 each way to travel anywhere in the county.

To schedule a ride, call (740) 363-3355 between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through

Friday. Reservations can be made up to a week in advance, but at least by noon the day before the scheduled trip.

From Nov. 30 until Dec. 12, donations of mittens, hats, and personal hygiene products will be accepted in place of regular fares. These items will be donated to People In Need.

The city of Delaware has several openings or expiring terms on boards and commissions that need to be filled by members of the community in the coming weeks.

They are:

Planning commission, member representing the Fourth Ward, term ends Dec. 31.

Board of zoning appeals, two seats, one for the Third Ward and the other for the Fourth Ward, both terms end Dec. 31.

Shade tree commission, three at-large seats, one term ends Dec. 31, and the other two are vacant with one term expiring on Jan. 31, 2011 and the other on Jan. 31, 2012.

Airport commission, one unexpired term ending Dec. 31, 2011, and the other a Delaware Area Chamber of Commerce appointee with a term expiring this Dec. 31.

For more information, Michele Kohler, 740-203-1010.

Yard waste collections in the city of Delaware will continue to be made on regularly scheduled collection days through Friday, Dec. 11, weather permitting, said city spokesman Lee Yoakum.

Any remaining yard waste will be collected during the annual Christmas tree and holiday greens collection period which is scheduled for Monday, Jan. 11 through Friday, Feb. 5.

All decorations, lights, tinsel, stands and plastic bags must be removed from trees or greens in order for the collection to be completed.

Place items at curbside on regularly scheduled collection day prior to 7 a.m. to avoid being missed.

Illustrator Richard Cowdrey, whose books include "Bad Dog, Marley," "A Very Marley Christmas" and "Marley Goes to School," will be at Fundamentals Parent Teacher Bookstore on Friday, Dec. 4.

Cowdrey will sign his books, written by John Grogan, from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

Fundamentals is at 25 W. Winter St. For more information, call (740) 363-0290.

Joe Dumbaugh of Dumbaugh Insurance will present the program "Assess your business insurance" from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 8, at the Delaware Area Chamber of Commerce, 23 N. Union St. in Delaware.

Dumbaugh will discuss the kinds of insurance coverage a business must carry, what it doesn't need and how to manage claims.

The program is hosted by the chamber's business education and development committee.

The session is free, but reservations are required. Contact Berni Dodeci at dachamber@delawareohiochamber.com.