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Holiday outreach program accepting applications, donations
        The role of Grandma and Grandpa is different for every grandparent.
        While some grandparents may see their grandchildren on a limited basis, others see them more frequently, and many are now raising their grandchildren. Raising grandchildren later in life often brings unique challenges. The role of raising children may be familiar, yet for many can be an entirely unique and difficult experience.
        As the holiday season approaches, children look forward to gifts. For some grandparents, this could be a stressful time as money may be tight.
        This holiday season, the Wood County Committee on Aging, Inc. (WCCOA) is holding its ninth annual Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Holiday Outreach Project, partnering with Wood County Job and Family Services. This project is intended to provide aid to applicants with gifts during the 2022 holiday season to help relieve the financial burden to grandparents raising grandchildren.
        A completed application must be submitted to determine eligibility. One application per household with grandchildren ages 0-17 will be considered annually. The deadline for applications is Thursday, Dec. 1. Applications may be returned to any of the eight senior centers of WCCOA.
        For questions or to receive an application, contact the WCCOA Programs Department at 419-353-5661 or toll-free at 800-367-4935. The application is also available online at
        Holiday Outreach Project funds raised through the senior centers in Wood County will be used by WCCOA to purchase gifts for the eligible children. All gifts will be purchased and wrapped by WCCOA staff. To purchase a gift for a child or make a monetary donation to the Holiday Outreach Project, contact WCCOA for more information.
Mobile Meals seeks volunteers
        Mobile Meals of Toledo, a local community non-profit, is seeking volunteers to help deliver meals as their schedules permit.
        The pickup site for meals is Mercy Health – St. Charles Hospital, 2600 Navarre Ave., Oregon.
        For more information or to sign up, contact Rochelle Rodgers at 419-255-7806 or
Craft Class
        The Oregon Senior center will present a craft class Friday, Nov. 18 at 11 a.m., 4350 Navarre Ave, Oregon.
        Participants are invited to create a turkey tea light holder. The class is free to Oregon residents 60 and older, and $5 for non-residents. All basic materials are provided by the center.
        Limited spots are available. Register by calling 419-698-7078 or sign up at the center.
Vendors sought
        The East Toledo Senior Center is seeking vendors for its annual Jingle Bell Shoppe, which will be held Saturday, Dec. 10 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at the center, located at 1001 White St., Toledo.
        A $25 deposit is required to reserve a space. The deposit will be returned at the Jingle Bell Shoppe.
        For more information, call 419-691-2254.
Alzheimer’s program
        The Alzheimer's Association Northwest Ohio Chapter is hosting an in-person program that will offer tools for maximizing the health of both the brain and the body.
        The program, “Healthy Living for Your Brain and Body: Tips from the Latest Research,” is being offered free to the community Tuesday, Nov. 15 from 5-6 p.m. at Maumee Pointe, located at 1050 Medical Center Parkway, Maumee.
        Pre-registration is required. To register, call the Alzheimer's Association's 24/7 Helpline at 800-272-3900.
        “Brain health, including how it is related to body health, is a major focus of Alzheimer's and dementia research,” said Pam Myers, program director for the Alzheimer's Association Northwest Ohio Chapter. “This program offers actionable tips based on the latest research and is a great resource for those wanting to maximize the health of both their brain and body.”
        Those who are concerned about themselves or a loved one can contact the Alzheimer's Association Northwest Ohio Chapter at 419-537-1999 to schedule a care consultation and be connected with local resources that can help.
Socks for Seniors
        Ottawa County Senior Resources is collecting new socks and blankets for seniors as part of the annual “Socks for Seniors” campaign.
        The items collected will be distributed to Ottawa County seniors and homebound clients during the Christmas season. Collection points include all the Senior Resources office at the Ottawa County Courthouse and Ottawa County Senior Centers.
        Call Senior Resources at 419-898-6459 for more details.


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