Category Archives: General Updates

Food Drive Extended Through March 20

The deadline for the Merle Hay Neighborhood Association’s food-drive has been extended to March 20 to allow more time for donations. The drive will support the Food Bank of Iowa, DMARC Food Pantry, the two Little Free Pantries in our neighborhood, and the Reach Church’s food pantry.

If you are mailing a check, please make the check out to MHNA, send it to MHNA at P.O. Box 31036, Des Moines, IA, 50310, and note that you would like the donation to go towards the food drive. You can also make a donation via PayPal using MHNA’s email address: merlehayneighborhood@gmail.com. If you make a donation via PayPal, you might consider adding 50-cents or $1 to help offset PayPal’s processing fees, and please note that you would like your donation applied to the food drive.

If you would like to drop off a food or monetary donation, please send a note to the email address above and we will connect you with our volunteers.

Thank you for helping us make this fundraiser a success!

MHNA’s Annual Holiday Lights Contest

Judging for the Merle Hay Neighborhood Association’s 17th annual Holiday Lights contest this winter will take place the weekend of December 17. If you would like to ensure your house is included in judging, please contact April at (515)707-6386. Your home or your neighbor’s home may be considered for a prize even if you don’t contact us. Three homes will be awarded a $25 gift card. Judges will be looking for creativity, originality, holiday spirit, neatness, and theme coordination. We encourage as many people as possible to decorate their homes and thank everyone who makes our neighborhood a little brighter this holiday season!  

MHNA’s 2022 Meeting Dates

Please mark your calendars for MHNA’s 2022 membership meetings! MHNA meets on the third Thursday of January, April, July, and October. Unless otherwise noted, the meetings begin at 6:30 p.m. and are held at the Northwest Community Center, 5110 Franklin Ave. Here is a rundown of our 2022 meeting dates:

  • Thursday, January 20
  • Thursday, April 21
  • Thursday, July 21
  • Thursday, October 20. *6 p.m. start for our annual supper.

Help MHNA Fight Hunger

MHNA is renewing its efforts to reduce hunger with a winter food-drive for the less fortunate. We understand that too many of our neighbors struggle to put enough food on the table, and we want to help. Our drive will support the Food Bank of Iowa, DMARC Food Pantry, the two Little Free Pantries in our neighborhood, and the Reach Church’s food pantry.

If donating by check, please make it out to MHNA. Food or monetary donations can be dropped off to Kathy Battles (2729 62nd St), April Wyss (2800 62nd St), or Kathy Roarty (1340 62nd St). April and Kathy R. can also pick up donations if you call/text April Wyss at 515-707-6386, or Kathy R. at 402-657-9905. We will be taking donations now through our annual meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, January 20, 2022, at the Northwest Community Center, 5110 Franklin Ave. If mailing a check, send it to MHNA at P.O. Box 31036, Des Moines, IA, 50310. 

You can also make a donation via PayPal using MHNA’s email address: merlehayneighborhood@gmail.com. If you make a donation via PayPal, you might consider adding 50-cents or $1 to help offset PayPal’s processing fees.

MHNA members are some of the most generous neighbors in our city. Thank you for helping us make this fundraiser a success!

MHNA Quarterly Meeting & Supper on Oct. 21

What’s better than being able to meet in person for the first time in over a year? There will be food! Please make plans to join MHNA at 6 p.m. on Thursday, October 21 for our quarterly meeting and annual supper at the Northwest Community Center, 5110 Franklin Ave.

Please note that the Northwest Community Center requires visitors to wear masks due to the pandemic, though masks may be removed while people eat.

If you would like to bring a soup, side, or dessert, please call or text April (Beck) Wyss at (515) 707-6386. We’re also going to try a recipe swap this year. If you have a recipe you would like to share with neighbors, please bring a minimum of 10-15 copies.

The meeting portion will begin at 6:30 p.m. and feature neighborhood news, public safety updates, and a city update from Ward 1 City Councilman Bill Gray. Candidates for local offices in the November election will also be allowed 2-3 minutes to introduce themselves. Barring technological difficulties, we will try to livestream the meeting on the MHNA Facebook page for those who cannot attend in person.

We will also have public safety updates and neighborhood news.

Please mark your calendars and tell your neighbors!