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 Celebration
Hospice of Memorial Hospital will host its annual Love Lights Memorial Service Dec. 4 at 6 p.m.. at the Eliza Ramsay Home on Main Street in Clyde.
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.
The service is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, contact Rebecca Fork at 419-547-6419 or
Tree-lighting ceremony set
The Elmore Area Chamber of Commerce invites children of all ages to participate in the Elmore Community tree lighting ceremony Nov. 25.
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.
Give the gift of time
Bay Park Community Hospital (BPCH) is looking to add to its team of volunteers, who each year provide thousands of service hours within numerous areas of the hospital, such as the gift shop, materials management, human resources, Health Resource Library, medical staff office, and various other department-based positions.
Volunteers have the benefit of helping contribute to the hospital’s mission of service to patients and families;
building new friendships and meeting new people; and exploring new career opportunities.
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.
Program aids needy families
For the past 12 years, the East Toledo Family Center has been involved with the “Adopt-a-Family” holiday basket program.
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.
The East Toledo Family Center will hold its annual Holiday Hooray Dec. 5 from 3-5 p.m. The center is located at 1020 Varland Ave.
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.
Bell-ringers needed in Ottawa Co.
The Salvation Army needs volunteers to help ring the bell in Ottawa County during the annual Red Kettle Christmas campaign, which runs Nov. 25 through Christmas Eve.
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’ Day Out
Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church, 13101 Five Point Rd., Perrysburg, will sponsor a Parents’ Day Out Dec. 5 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
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.
Pre-registration is required due to space limitations. Register to reserve a space by calling 419-874-6939 or e-mail
Breakfast with Santa
The Oregon-Northwood Rotary Club will sponsor their annual Breakfast with Santa community service event Dec. 5 in the cafeteria at Clay High School, 5665 Seaman Rd., Oregon.
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.
Food Drive to support the community
Local Toddlers School locations are offering up to four hours of free childcare to those who bring in any non-perishable food item to be donated to the Toledo SeaGate Foodbank.
Childcare will be offered between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. (come a few minutes early to complete paperwork). Dates and locations include:
Nov. 14 - Toddlers School 4, 806 Starr Ave., Toledo.
Nov. 21- Toddlers School 7, 4450 Jackman Rd., Toledo.
Nov. 28 - Toddlers School 5, 3158 Navarre Ave., Oregon.
Dec. 5 - Toddlers School 3, 943 North Dixie Highway, Rossford.
Dec. 12 - Toddlers School 6, 111 Indiana, Toledo.
Dec. 19, Toddlers School 1, 631 Euclid Ave., Toledo.
For more information, call Valerie at 419-693-7550 ext 211.
Mobile Meals seeking volunteers
Mobile Meals of Toledo has openings for volunteers in East Toledo, Northwood, Oregon, Rossford and Jerusalem Township.
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.