Donors step up
Local businesses and donors stepped up to ensure Helping Hands of St. Louis soup kitchen could meet increasing needs in East Toledo after the soup kitchen experienced a 50 percent cut in funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in 2011.
Upon hearing the news of funding cuts and increased clientele numbers many organizations such as The Andersons and Faurecia, along with numerous individuals, made cash donations – some up to $3,000.
“All of our program numbers are up significantly this year,” said Paul Cook, Helping Hands director. “We couldn’t have done this without the help of our local supporters who stepped up to fill in the gap.” The clientele of Helping Hands are younger and the number of first-time clients has significantly risen this year, he adds.
Helping Hands provides a hot lunch Monday through Friday and breakfast three days a week. The outreach center also hosts a food pantry, a clothing store and gives out hygiene products. As the New Year begins, the soup kitchen is looking ahead to how to provide through the winter season. Immediate needs include donated meats, fruits vegetables, canned foods and cash, Cook said.
Helping Hands would also like to thank the generous community members who made it possible for Christmas food baskets to be given to families in need, Cook added.
“The soup kitchen was inundated with generosity after asking for donations of 100 boneless hams for the baskets. Within a week the soup kitchen received 500 hams,” he said. The extra hams will be frozen and used at the soup kitchen in the future to help serve 300 lunches daily. The soup kitchen also sought and received a donated used van in good condition to pick up large quantities of food donations from local stores, restaurants and farms. The soup kitchen picks up donations from 15 sites in Toledo each week.
Those wishing to make a donation may contact Cook at 419-691-0613 or 419-351-8304. For more information, visit http://www.helpinghandstoledo.org/.
Crisis management training
In the event of a school-based incident, school administrators, rural law enforcement officers and other emergency responders must be prepared to act quickly and precisely to take control of the situation.
The Rural Domestic Preparedness Consortium (RDPC) is providing these and others responsible for school security in Northwest Ohio with crisis management training on how to respond effectively to an emergency involving a school building or an entire school system.
RDPC will be delivering a free Department of Homeland Security (DHS)-certified course, “AWR Crisis Management for School-Based Incidents: Partnering Rural Law Enforcement and the Local School Systems” Jan. 19 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Lake Middle School.
The program will offer participants a foundation of knowledge and skills to progressively establish a school-based emergency response plan and crisis management team through information sharing and training.
The eight-hour, instructor-led course was developed by the University of Findlay, an academic partner for RDPC, specifically for school administrators and emergency responders.
For registration information, visit www.ruraltraining.org.
Boating classes set
U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 16-6 will present “About Boating Safely” Feb. 18, March 17 and April 21 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at American Legion Post #320, 204 Illinois Ave., Maumee.
All area women are invited to attend the “Winter Hawaiian Fantasy” luncheon and program sponsored by the Toledo East Women’s Connection Jan. 12 at the Bayside Boardwalk, 2759 Seaman St., Oregon.
Ryan Wichman, meteorologist from WTOL-TV will share information on weather conditions. In addition, Jeanne Isles, from Millbury will provide musical entertainment and Weslie Hintz, of Perrysburg, will present, “Riding the Roller Coaster of Life with My Hands Held High.”
The cost is $10.50, all inclusive. For reservations, call Dorothy at 419-691-9611 or Marilyn at 419-666-1633.
Vehicles broken into
The Wood County Sheriff’s Department is reminding residents to lock their vehicles and not leave valuables inside after a rash of break-ins were reported.
According to the department, several break-ins were reported between Dec. 23 and 26 in the Village of Luckey.
Residents are asked to report any suspicious activity, particularly during the evening.