Holiday cheer

Kenneth and Nina Allen stand with a group of shoppers waiting to board the Portage school buses for their return to Portage following the Ken-4-Kids Holiday Cheer charity Wednesday in Valparaiso. The holiday shopping donated by Kenneth and Nina Allen was coordinated through the Portage, Hammond, East Chicago and Lake Station schools, which also provided transportation for the parents to the Griffith and Valparaiso Kmarts. Each parent received at $110 gift card, totaling more than $30,000 for the 300 families.

Community Coordinator

Annette is Community Coordinator for The Times. She has been with the paper for two decades. A resident of Hobart, she graduated from Purdue University with degrees in English and German.