In this week's roundup of Adventists in the news headlines, veganism and criminal neglect, "Bags of Love" and a boarding academy fire.
Vegan Mom Regains Custody of "Malnourished" Child. Sarah Markham, a 24-year-old Seventh-day Adventist mother Florida has regained custody of her infant son Caleb. A physician had judged the child to be malnourished, leading to the baby's being placed in protective custody. Markham, who is a vegan, maintains that her child is healthy. From Tech Times, "Vegan Seventh Day Adventist Mom Regains Custody of Infant Son Following Arrest for Criminal Neglect."
Minnesota Adventists Make Hundreds of Packages for Foster Children. Since 2007, members of the Seventh-day Adventist Church of Andover, Minnesota, have been sewing and stuffing fabric bags, donating these "Bags of Love" to the Anoka County Child Protection Agency for children about to be placed in foster care. The 898 bags the group has made to date include stuffed animals, books, school supplies, bottles of shampoo, tubes of toothpaste, and blankets. Deb Jordan helped to form a Bags of Love chapter at the church. From ABC Newspapers, "Homestead quilters help to fill bags with love."
Fire Breaks out in Pine Forge Academy Dorm. Sixty-nine students at Pine Forge Academy in Eastern Pennsylvania were displaced by a two-alarm fire in the Kimbrough Hall dormitory. Students were not in the dorm when the fire started, and the staff member in the dorm exited unharmed. The Allegheny East Conference of Seventh-day Adventists will help to provide housing until the dorm reopens. From WFMZ News in Allentown, "Fire displaces students from Pine Forge Academy dormitory in Douglass."
This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at http://spectrummagazine.org/node/6427