The Press Newspaper
The communities of Elmore, Genoa and Oak Harbor are offering an invitation to anyone who might otherwise be alone this Thanksgiving holiday or who might not be able to afford a holiday meal to come to the Woodmore High School Cafeteria, 633 Fremont St., Elmore, Nov. 26 between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Statistics show that current economic situation has been surprisingly dire in the six western townships of Ottawa County – Allen, Benton, Carroll, Clay, Harris, and Salem townships, where unemployment is around 17 percent.
The Thanksgiving event is organized and funded by the churches, civic organizations, local businesses, school groups, and private citizens of Western Ottawa County who will come together to cook and serve 500 holiday meals.
The menu will include turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, stuffing, green beans, rolls, homemade cranberry sauce and homemade pumpkin pie.
Transportation is available (including handicap-accessible vans) for the citizens of the six townships by calling 419-866-9924. The last day to request transportation is Friday, Nov. 20. The dinner is free. All are welcome.
Love Lights is a lighting ceremony where candles, luminaries and the trees of The Eliza Ramsay Home are lit in honor or memory of loved ones. Before and after the lighting ceremony, there is time for fellowship between all people in attendance.
The ceremony will also include encouraging words from Bev Hart, RN, BSN, Spiritual Advisor and Michele Goodsite, RN will be singing Ave Maria.
Everyone who participates is encouraged to bring an ornament to be put on the tree. Ornaments must be weatherproof and made to easily but securely attached to the tree. The ornaments will not be returned.
For more information, contact Joanne at Red, White and Blue at 419-862-2242.
Volunteers have the benefit of helping contribute to the hospital’s mission of service to patients and families;
Both adult and teen programs are available. All volunteers receive a free health screening, orientation and training prior to their volunteer experience. A 40-hour commitment over a six-month period is requested. For more information, call the Volunteer Services department at 419-690-7509.
Groups or companies are invited to adopt one of the center’s needy families and provide food and Christmas gifts. Cash donations may also be made to the center to be used for the Christmas Basket Program.
To participate or donate, call Tracy Garufos at 419-691-1429.
Children are invited to come and make Christmas presents for their family members, to decorate cookies and visit with Santa. To add to the festivities, the Waite High School Jazz Band and Show Choir will perform.
The program is free and open to the community. All children must be accompanied by an adult.
To volunteer or obtain more information, call Nicole Heitger at 419-691-4609, ext. 210.
The Army’s statistics show that two hours of bell ringing is equivalent to donating $118.16. All proceeds from the Red Kettle campaign are used directly to serve the needs of Ottawa County with rent/mortgage assistance, utility payments, security deposits, as well as food, prescription medicine, clothing, and emergency shelter.
The Salvation Army also provides 20 local children the opportunity to attend a cost free, weeklong summer camp at Camp NEOSA, school supplies through our Tools for School program and Christmas gifts through the Toy program, which is partnered with Toys for Tots and The Ottawa County Holiday Bureau.
To participate or obtain more information, call Maureen Saponari at 419-732-ARMY (2769).
Parents may drop off children ages 3-10 for free child care so parents can shop or attend to other tasks. Lunch will be provided, and children will enjoy stories, crafts, games and other activities.
The festivities will get under way at 8 a.m. with a pancake breakfast. Children will have an opportunity to make a holiday craft, visit the story corner, visit with and have their pictures taken with Santa.
Tickets are $3 per person and may be purchased at the door.
The club will also have collection baskets for non-perishable food items for the “Food for Thought” food distribution program that morning.
For more information, call Peggy Weisenburger at 419-691-5745.
Childcare will be offered between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. (come a few minutes early to complete paperwork). Dates and locations include:
Mobile Meals is once again looking for a few good men – and women - who are available to deliver meals to individual homes or apartment buildings two days a month, around mid-day.
Delivery takes one to one and a half hours. There are currently openings for 27 individuals or partners in East Toledo and surrounding suburbs. These are not seasonal openings; they are year-round opportunities. There are also substitute opportunities available. Substitutes are often called upon once a week, but they can set their schedule each month according to their availability.
Anyone interested in more information can visit www.mobilelmeals.org to complete an online application, or call 419-255-7806.
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