NAACP food drive
The Fremont Unit of the NAACP currently is conducting a food drive to benefit local families.
“It has come to our attention that many children have been going hungry on the weekends when they are not in school,” said Dallas Leake, president of the local group. “We would like to help whoever we can, so we are collecting non-perishable food items and paper products to distribute to the families who have come to our attention.
Collection of food items or gift cards to food stores will end Dec. 16 and may be made by calling Leake at 419-332-6811.
“We appreciate whatever people can afford to give,” Leake said. “Every little bit helps, especially at this holiday season.”
The NAACP meets at 11 a.m. on the first Saturday of each month at 109 S. Front St., Fremont. Those planning to attend should use the entrance off Bidwell Avenue.
Holiday shopping tips
The Golden Buckeye program is currently featuring a “Golden Buckeye Holiday Shopping Tip of the Day” on the program’s newly launched Facebook page.
The tips offer daily advice about comparison shopping and finding discounts, as well as things consumers can do to keep themselves and their money safe, whether they are shopping at the mall, by phone or online.
“For more than 35 years, the Golden Buckeye program has been building relationships between our elders and businesses across the state that value them as loyal customers,” said Bonnie Kantor-Burman, director of the department. “Since most participating businesses are locally-owned, small businesses with roots in their communities, this really is a win-win program for Ohio. We are looking forward to leveraging the power of social media to help foster those relationships to the benefit of elder consumers and merchants alike.”
In addition to holiday shopping tips, followers of the Golden Buckeye Facebook page also will receive periodic notifications of new businesses that have joined the program and existing merchants that have reaffirmed their commitment to Golden Buckeye cardholders through a weekly business spotlight. Followers will also receive information about Ohio Department of Aging services and resources for seniors and businesses.
All Ohioans age 60 or older, as well as adults age 18-59 who have disabilities as defined by Social Security, are eligible for a free Golden Buckeye card. Visit www.GoldenBuckeye.com to learn more and to find participating businesses.
Junior League of Toledo (JLT) will present The Chocolate Soiree Jan 21 from 7 p.m. to midnight. The chocolate-themed black-tie optional event will be held at the Plaza Hotel of Toledo, 444 N. Summit St. (formerly the Crowne Plaza).
The event, now in its fifth year, will feature chocolate desserts for sampling from local vendors, a silent auction, heavy hors d’oeuvres, dancing to 56 Daze, cash bar with signature cocktails, celebrity judges and a golden ticket raffle.
Proceeds raised will support the mission of JLT, including the prevention of childhood obesity and collaboration with Bittersweet to provide employment opportunities for adults with autism.
Individual tickets can be purchased for $75 and there are a variety of sponsorship opportunities available. For more information, visit www.juniorleaguetoledo.org or call 419-474-6262.
Over the top
The Anderson’s has announced it wants to help put ISOH/IMPACT over the top for the holidays.
“We need to raise $50,000 before the end of the year for the new International Hope Center, and The Anderson’s wants to help,” said Linda A. Greene, ISOH/IMPACT President/CEO. “When we reach $45,000, the Ohio-based corporation will add in $5,000 to take us over the top.”
Currently ISOH/Impact is $23,000 short of the $45,000 goal needed for The Anderson’s donation. “As part of the ongoing match through the Diehl Foundation, any amount given will be matched dollar for dollar up to $400,000,” Greene said.
Donations may be made online at www.isohimpact.org or with a check sent directly to the ISOH/IMPACT offices located at 25182 W. River Rd., Perrysburg, OH 43551.
Cause of blaze determined
Clothing left next to a hot water tank apparently caught fire and started a blaze Monday that caused extensive damage to a Clinton Street duplex in Walbridge, Lake Township Fire Chief Todd Walters said.
He estimated damage to the building at $150,000. There were no reported injuries.
One of the units was occupied when the fire occurred, Chief Walters said, adding firefighters encountered smoke and flames when they arrived.
“It’s pretty much a total loss,” he said. “The fire went through the roof and gutted the interior.”
The Lake Township Fire Department was assisted by departments from Northwood, Troy Township, and the Allen-Clay Joint Fire District.
Jason Copsey, a spokesman for the Toledo Regional Chapter of the American Red Cross, said disaster services volunteers from the agency assisted two adults and one child with food and clothing.