By NANCY WHITAKER • Progress Staff Writer
For many, the coming of Thanksgiving initiates the special time of giving for the Christmas season. Each year the crunch seems to get harder on families as they battle unemployment economic conditions. Numerous projects are going on in our county this year. Please give generously to make the holidays a brighter season for all.
The Salvation Army will be doing kettle collections beginning Friday, Nov. 29 in Paulding and Antwerp. Volunteers are being recruited to ring bells at Chief Supermarket in Paulding and at locations in Antwerp. Kim Tracy is the Kettle coordinator for Paulding County. If you or your group is interested in donating your time and help ring the bells for the Salvation Army please call Kim Tracy at 419-956-2025. The Salvation Army Service Unit assists individuals and families daily with emergency needs.
The Paulding County Carnegie Library will be sponsoring its annual Mitten/Scarf Tree.
People can place new hats, scarves or gloves on the tree, and they will be distributed throughout the county. The tree will stay up as long as is necessary.
Free Giveaway Day
The Mandale Church will hold its annual Christmas Giveaway on from 9 -11 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 4. The Mandale Church has been holding the event for several years. The church will have slightly used clothing and used toys as well as new toys and some household items. New toys will be available for children ages 2-12 years. Everyone is welcome.
To donate slightly used items or new toys, please contact Pastor Justin Sterret at 419-786-9878 or Tom Keller 453-3283. The church is located on Ohio 66 in Paulding County.
Christmas Elf Project
The Twin Oaks Church will be sponsoring the Christmas Elf Project again this year. Trees are going to be placed in The State Bank and the library and will remain until after the holidays. The sign up date is Nov. 16 at the church. The sign up time is from 11-noon and then signees can stay for a free Thanksgiving dinner.
The project, which is in its 18th year, will contain requests from individuals in the Oakwood mailing area who are in need. Those who want to help can take a name and purchase gifts and drop them off at the Cooper Library in Oakwood. They do not have to be wrapped as the people of the church will wrap them. The deadline to make donations is Dec. 14.
Items will be distributed at a Christmas dinner from 5-7 p.m. on Dec. 20 at the Twin Oaks United Methodist Church. For more information, call Grace McClure at 419-594-3281.
The 16th annual TGIF (Thank God It’s Free) giveaway will be held from 9 a.m.-noon. Saturday, Dec. 7 at the county extension building at the fairgrounds, hosted by the United Methodist Church of Paulding. No giveaways prior to 9 a.m.
Items being collected include gently used clothing (including shoes, boots, coats and snowsuits), household items, toys, Christmas items, as well as new items. No encyclopedias, furniture, or large items.
The TGIF giveaway is open to anyone in need of the above items.
Collection at the extension building begins Monday, Dec. 2 and will continue each day through Dec. 4. Someone will be at the extension building to accept donations from 8 a.m.-8 p.m. On Thursday, Dec. 5, the collection hours will be from 8 a.m.-3 p.m.
If you have any questions you may call Sue Wannemacher at 419-263-2972 or Vicki Kadesh at 419-399-5424.
Christmas For Kids
WDFM Mix 98.1 radio station is working with the Christmas For Kids Project.
WDFM is in the process of broadcasting live toy and money drives to be held in Paulding and surrounding areas.
The proceeds received from the live broadcasts in Paulding will remain in Paulding.
• Nov. 14, 7-9 a.m., MaraMart, Paulding
• Nov. 19, 7-9 a.m., Wayne Trace Schools
• Nov. 21, 7-9 a.m., Divine Mercy School
• Nov. 25, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., downtown Paulding
• Dec. 3, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Williamson Insurance in Payne.
People can also make donations by making checks payable to Christmas for Kids and mailing them to the Mix 98.1 station at 118 Clinton St., Defiance OH 43512. You may designate in the memo portion of the check which county you wish to donate to.
Neighbors In Need
Each fall, it is the goal of Neighbors in Need to provide assistance to 23 local food pantries in Defiance, Paulding and Williams counties in northwest Ohio.
Radio station 105.7 The Bull kicked off the 2013 campaign on Friday, Oct. 25, and will be collecting donations through Friday, Dec. 6.
In addition to all of the live-drive locations, collection barrels can be found throughout the campaign at the Chief Supermarket locations in Defiance, Bryan and Paulding.
Additionally, you will see collection cans in businesses all over northwest Ohio that you can make donations in. Visit any of their “live-drive” locations to make donations.
Please look at the live-drive schedule and make time to donate to the local food pantries:
• Nov. 26, 10 a.m.-noon, Chief Supermarket, Paulding.
• Nov. 27, 3-5 p.m., First Federal, Paulding.
Pantry needs list includes: cereals, oatmeal, juices, canned soups, canned veggies, canned fruits, canned tuna, canned beans, canned meat, boxed dinners, boxed crackers, jams and jellies, peanut butter, vegetable oil, flour, sugar, coffee/tea, pasta/sauce, noodles, canned baby foods, baby diapers, bar or liquid soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes and toilet tissue.
Operation Christmas Stockings for Soldiers
Den Herder Funeral Home, an exclusive, certified Veterans and Family Memorial Care Provider, is proud to be participating in their sixth annual Christmas Stockings for Soldiers initiative.
Beginning Wednesday, Nov. 13, residents in the community may visit Den Herder Funeral Home and pick up a free Christmas stocking to take home, decorate and stuff with Christmas cheer. Stuffed stockings must be returned to the funeral home by Wednesday, Dec. 4. Den Herder Funeral Home will then ship the stockings to troops abroad in time for Christmas.
“This is a great way for us to show our support for the troops, while giving them a little taste of home for the holidays. Last year we shipped over 300 stockings. We are hoping to ship even more this year,” said John Den Herder, owner of Den Herder Funeral Home.
Den Herder Funeral Home is one of nearly 800 family-owned funeral homes nationwide certified as an exclusive Veterans and Family Memorial Care Provider.
VFMC providers are also official drop off centers for “Cell Phones for Soldiers.” Collectively in the past three months alone they have collected over 4,000 old cell phones that have translated into 250,000 free calling time minutes for our brave men and women in the armed services.
Please drop off an old cell phone on your visit to the funeral home to pick up a free Christmas stocking.
Anyone wishing to stuff a Christmas stocking for one of our heroes overseas may stop by Den Herder Funeral Home, located at 1000 W. Wayne St., Paulding, between the hours of 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov.13-Dec. 4.