Zion Lutheran Church, located on Pemberville Road, recently held a “Give Away” to help members of the community who are in need.
A multitude of items were given away – books, household items, decorations and food. One hundred twenty two people came to the Give Away and were able to take as many items as they wanted. Some came to get items for loved ones not able to make it that day.
“We spent a lot of hours on this project and it was a team effort,” said Kathy Busch, organizer of the event, which was intended to reach out beyond the walls of the church and help others in the community.
“Not only did the people that came for the Give Away have a great day, but those that worked it had a tremendous day talking to the guests and helping them find things,” Busch said.
After the Give Away was over, the items remaining were donated to various organizations in the area. Scrubs were sent to aides at a local nursing home; worn out jeans went to a local youth’s denim drive for recycling; and other items were given to Toledo Gospel Rescue Mission.
Zion is planning another Give Away in October.
Asset award nominees
Six individuals were nominated for Prevention Partnership’s 2010 Youth Asset Development Award, which recognize those making a positive impact on local youth.
The Sandusky County Health Department coordinates the Prevention Partnership, a community coalition working to increase youth assets, reduce substance abuse and promote a healthy Sandusky County. The award winner will be announced at the Asset Builder’s Recognition Luncheon May 19.
Nominees include Tammy Martin, a volunteer at Kids Choir Club; John Roush, Youth for Christ; John and Barbara Fehl, Youth for Christ; Ruben Rendon , a volunteer at a local detention center; Kaye Rice, of Ponifex; and John Lewis III, of Fremont Parks and Recreation Department.
They were nominated because they portray efforts that focus on youth, foster caring relationships, offer positive role modeling and make a positive impact on youth in our community.
For more information, visit www.sanduskycohd.org.
Flag collection box
The Genoa American Legion Post #324 has installed a flag collection box in front of the Post Hall, 302 West St.
The box, donated to the post by The Press, was painted by Larry Reetz and DJ Marsh. Flags that are worn and need to be retired from services may be deposited in the box. They will subsequently be retired with the proper ceremony .
Flags may also be dropped off at the Genoa Library, the Genoa Post Office and Robinson Walker Funeral Home.
Preschoolers plant trees
For Earth Day, preschoolers at the Toddler’s School II, 3158 Navarre Ave., Oregon, helped plant two pine trees on the playground.
The observance offered the opportunity for children to learn how trees help save the earth by removing the carbon from the atmosphere, which helps in the fight against global warming, Lauri-lynn Perez, administrator of the school said.
“Naturally, some of the words and concepts of Earth Day can be difficult for a 3-, 4- or 5-year-old to grasp, but involving them with a hands-on activity such as planting, heightens their interest and awareness,” Perez said.
The pine trees will also produce pine cones, which the preschoolers use often, Perez said, adding, “”We also anticipate that our trees will bring us some wild life – many birds will probably nest in our trees and squirrels and other animals may find shelter in our trees.
“I would like to extend my thanks to all of my co-workers, children, parents and the media for helping us incorporate this meaningful activity into our day here at school,” she added.