|In This Season Of Giving|
By NANCY WHITAKER
Progress Staff Writer
For many, the coming of Thanksgiving initiates the special time of giving for the Christmas season. Each year the crunch gets harder on families as they battle record unemployment and a floundering economy. According to a national report, this year it will put stress on families to have a Merry Christmas.
According to Judi Short of Paulding County Job and Family Services, the agency assisted 311 families and 643 children last year.
“I already have 231 families signed up and it is still early,” said Short.
Short noted that Paulding County families and individuals who need assistance at Christmas, and individuals and groups who wish to sponsor those in need, may contact the Paulding County Department of Job and Family Services at 419-399-3756, ext. 324, to leave a voice mail or request a form.
“You may also make new toy donations or sponsor a family in need. You can bring your donations into Job and Family Services.”
Numerous projects are going on in our county this year. Please give generously to make the holidays a brighter season for all.
Please turn to Page 2A for a complete list.
The Paulding County Service Unit of The Salvation Army will be doing Kettle Collections beginning Dec. 1 in Paulding and Antwerp.
Young people from local schools, along with other volunteers, will be ringing bells at Chief Supermarket in Paulding and at Kammeyer’s IGA in Antwerp. Anyone else interested in ringing can contact Job and Family Services.
Judi Short, of Job and Family Services, said that hours will vary, according to availability of helpers, but most of the collection will take place after 3 p.m.
The Salvation Army Service Unit assists individuals and families daily with emergency needs.
Once again, the Angel Tree will be a very special part of Christmas at ALCO Department Store.
The tree will have names of children on it; along with the child’s name, there will be a list on the back with suggestions for that child for Christmas.
The Angel Tree is in its ninth year. Last year there were approximately 76 names on the tree.
People have the opportunity to pick a name off the tree and purchase a gift for that child. Gifts can be donated to ALCO either wrapped or unwrapped. Job and Family Services will distribute them to the families.
The Paulding County Carnegie Library will be sponsoring its annual Mitten/Scarf Tree.
People can place new hats, scarves or gloves on the tree, and they will be distributed throughout the county. The tree will stay up as long as is necessary.
Library director Susan Pieper noted that this year the library will be a drop-off point for items for the food pantry. The food pantry is in need of personal hygiene products such as toiletries and paper products.
Free Giveaway Day
The Mandale Church will hold its annual Christmas Giveaway on from 8 a.m.-noon on Saturday Dec. 4. The Mandale Church has been holding the event for several years. The church will have slightly used clothing and used toys as well as new toys, as well as some household items. New toys will be available for children ages 2-12 years. Everyone is welcome, If you would like to donate slightly used items or new toys please contact Pastor Don Rogers at 587-3829 or Tom Keller 453-3283. The church is located on Ohio 66 in Paulding County.
Christmas Elf Project
The Twin Oaks Church along with the Oakwood Post Office, will be sponsoring the Christmas Elf Project again this year. This is similar to the Angel Tree. This year, trees are going to be placed in The State Bank, the library and at the Twin Oaks Church of Oakwood, and will remain until after the holidays. The trees were to be in place by Nov. 23.
The project, which is in its 15th year, will contain requests from individuals in the Oakwood mailing area who are in need.
Those who wish to participate can take as many tags as desired, purchase gifts, wrap them, and bring to the church located at 200 E. Harmon St. The church is open from 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Monday through Friday. You can also drop them off at the library from 12-7:30 p.m., Monday and Tuesday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday and 9 a.m.-1 p.m. on Saturday.
The deadline to make donations is Saturday, Dec. 11. Items will be distributed on Dec. 15-16. For more information, call Jan Lowe at 419-594-3132.
The 13th annual TGIF (Thank God It’s Free) giveaway will be held from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. on Dec. 4 at the First Presbyterian Church in Paulding, and the county extension building at the fairgrounds, hosted by the United Methodist Church of Paulding. No giveaways prior to 9 a.m. This will be the 11th year for the churches to combine their efforts.
Items being collected include gently used clothing (including shoes, boots, coats and snowsuits), house hold items, toys, Christmas items, as well as new items. No encyclopedias, furniture, or large items.
The TGIF giveaway is open to anyone in need of the above items.
Collection at the Presbyterian Church begins Monday, Nov. 29 and will continue each day through Thursday, Dec. 2 of that week from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. in the evening.
Linda Reineck from the First Presbyterian Church said, “We also give away food bags which include groceries to help families have a good Christmas dinner. This year they will get canned turkey, mashed potatoes, noodles, two vegetables, stuffing, a fruit, and apple juice.
The Paulding United Methodist Church will hold its annual giveaway from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. on Dec. 4, at the extension building.
You can drop off donations of clean good used clothing, household items, working small appliances, and miscellaneous items. Monetary donations will also be accepted.
The drop-off for the United Methodist Church will be at the extension office from 8 a.m.-8 p.m. from Nov. 29-Dec. 2.
The Mt. Zion United Methodist Church will have a food giveaway from 9-11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 18. The church is located on CR 151 outside of Grover Hill. Dave Prior is the pastor.
Christmas for Kids
WDFM Mix 98.1 radio station is working in conjunction with Paulding County Department of Job and Family Services and the Marine Corps League with the Christmas for Kids Project.
WDFM is in the process of broadcasting live toy and money drives to be held in Paulding and surrounding areas.
The station has already broadcast live from several county sites. Remaining live broadcasts in the county include: Wayne Trace High School, 7-9 a.m. and at First Federal in Paulding from 11 a.m.-1 p.m., both on Dec. 8.
The proceeds received from the live broadcasts in Paulding will remain in Paulding County, while the proceeds from the Christmas for Kids Mix Mall Marathon Dec. 3-4 will be distributed between five counties, including Paulding.
People can also make donations by making checks payable to Christmas for Kids and mailing them to the Mix 98.1 station at 118 Clinton St., Defiance OH 43512. You may designate in the memo portion of the check which county you wish to donate to.
Donations will then be given to the Paulding County Department of Job and Family Services for distribution.
Neighbors In Need
Each fall, 105.7 The BULL joins with Chief Supermarkets in an effort to restock 23 food pantries in Defiance, Paulding and Williams counties right here in northwest Ohio. The continued success of the campaign shows the compassion and giving spirit of businesses, organizations, and residents.
This year’s Neighbors In Need campaign kicked off Oct. 29. The collection efforts will continue through Friday, Dec. 17. Visit any of their “live drive” locations to make donations. A live drive is scheduled in Paulding from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. on Dec. 13.
Day of Giving
Antwerp United Methodist Church will hold its Day of Giving from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4, at the church, located at 202 E. River St. Gently used items will be available for you to choose from. Bags will be provided.
Shop with the Cop
The Paulding Police Department’s annual “Shop with the Cop” program will help take several children in need Christmas shopping.
Paulding Police Chief Randy Crawford said that donations that have been collected in jars at ALCO Department Store will be combined with donations through radio station Mix 98.1’s Christmas for Kids program.
The police department contacts the school and Job and Family Services before deciding on a list of families to contact for this project, according to Crawford.
At least half of each child’s money must be spent on clothing. Any money left over is given to families as gift certificates to Chief Supermarket.
“We would be happy to receive any donations to help more kids. We don’t want anyone left out.” Officers will take the kids shopping, but a date has not yet been set. For information, call 419-399-3311.
Cecil Presbyterian Church
Cecil Presbyterian Church’s TGIF Giveaway will be held Saturday, Dec. 11 from 8-11 a.m. at the church.
Drop-off hours will be from 2-5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6 and from 2-8 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday. Donations are being accepted for gently used clothing, toys, household items and new items. No large items, please.
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