DEAR SUN SPOTS: To the individual trying to return cable boxes to their satellite company: when we switched to Time Warner Cable from DISH Network, they mailed three large prepaid packing boxes to us in order to return our three boxes. UPS picked them up right at our house. Maybe that would work for you with one call to the company. Good luck.—No name, no town.

DEAR SUN SPOTS: Today’s busy lifestyles can make it hard to find time to volunteer — however, the benefits of volunteering are enormous to you, your family and your community. Finding the right organization to volunteer for can help you make an impact in the community, learn new skills and enhance your resume. As an American Cancer Society volunteer, you also can honor a survivor or a loved one lost to cancer while helping us put an end to the pain and suffering caused by the disease. It’s a wonderful opportunity, especially as you are trying to determine a way to give back during the holiday season.

The American Cancer Society’s Road To Recovery program is seeking volunteer drivers all across Maine because many cancer patients don’t own a vehicle, can’t afford the extra gasoline, or don’t have access to public transportation. Some patients may be unable to drive, be too ill to drive or have no family members or friends who are able to provide regular assistance with transportation. Road To Recovery offers drivers flexible scheduling and a chance to give back while literally helping to save lives.

To volunteer, you must have a valid driver’s license, a safe and reliable vehicle and proof of automobile insurance. Drivers must be 18 years of age or older and have a good driving history. They arrange their own schedules and can commit as many or as few hours as their schedule allows. The American Cancer Society provides free training to drivers and conducts criminal background and driving record checks.

To RSVP for the upcoming training, learn more about the benefits of volunteering and how to become a Road To Recovery volunteer, call Elisa Madore, ACS program manager at 207-462-6307. — American Cancer Society, New England Division.

DEAR SUN SPOTS: Geiger Elementary School is starting an afterschool LEGO club for its students. This club will benefit children by allowing them to explore their creativity and imagination by building self-esteem and social skills. We are reaching out to the community to ask if anyone has LEGO blocks that their children may have outgrown and would like to donate to a good cause. If you would like to do so, please drop them off at Geiger School on College Street or call 207-795-4190 and leave your name and number so that we can make arrangements to pick them up. Thank you for your support and kindness.—Jane, Lewiston.

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