Progress Staff Writer

Thanksgiving is right around the corner. Christmas is near. Other than celebrating both with family there is nothing more rewarding and necessary than giving back to the community.

We live in an incredibly generous community. Each year each individual program is successfully able to complete its mission.

Throughout the county there are several projects that give everyone the opportunity to give.

Christmas For Kids accepted applications Nov. 11 and will hold pick up dates for items on Dec. 11 or Dec. 12.

If you wanted to participate but missed the dates for the drop-off locations, monetary donations are still accepted. Checks may be mailed to Mix 98.1/Christmas For Kids at 118 Clinton Street, Defiance, OH 43512. If you wish to designate your money to be donated to a specific county, please do so when you mail in your donation.

This time of year is optimal for giving back to the community, extending a helping hand and for passing along good will. Your generosity is never unnoticed.

Giving to others does not have to be a grandiose gesture. Donating canned goods, non-perishable items, and toiletry items are substantial. Donating winter coats, clothes or shoes in great condition are substantial, as well.

Pass on the love that has been given to you.

Check the Progress website at and Facebook page at for updates and reminders on these and other upcoming holiday events.

Please turn to Page 12A for a complete list.

Giving Tuesday

On Dec. 3 the United Way is hosting a canned food drive for local pantries.

Each food pantry is grateful for all donations, but specifically need: peanut butter, soups, cereal, oatmeal, instant potatoes, canned fruit and vegetables and hygiene products. The Caring and Sharing pantry does accept eggs and cheese as donations as well.

Antwerp schools have partnered with United Way this year and will be accepting donations at the school for the entire week of Dec. 3. Please donate, the class with the most donations earns an ice cream party.

Other donation sites are: Antwerp Exchange Bank (Payne and Antwerp locations), and the Charloe Store in Charloe. Please contact Lora Lyons 419-399-8240.

Separate from United Way, but on the same day, Wayne Trace schools are doing a canned food drive as well to give to the local food pantry.

Christmas Elf Project

The Twin Oaks Church in Oakwood will be sponsoring the Christmas Elf Project again this year. Trees will be placed at the Cooper Community Library and State Bank in Oakwood. These trees will have ornaments with information about a child in the Oakwood area that needs gifts for Christmas. Volunteers will be able to select an ornament from the tree of a person they would like to help.

A live drive for gifts will also be held at the Oakleaf Restaurant on Dec. 4 from 5-7 p.m.

Gifts that are purchased do not need to be wrapped and are to be returned to the same location where the requests were picked up. The deadline for returning gifts will be Dec. 10 and the gifts will be distributed on Dec. 17 from 2 - 4 p.m.

For more information call Lori Mobley at 419-594-3557.

Operation Christmas Stockings for Soldiers

Den Herder Funeral Home is proud to be participating in the 12th annual Christmas Stockings For Soldiers program.

The project kicked off in early November. All filled stockings are to be returned by Monday, Dec. 2.

Den Herder Funeral Home will then ship boxes of filled stockings to a deployed over-seas service member who will pass out as many stockings as possible to those who may be having an especially hard time being away from home at Christmas.

Anyone wishing to stuff a Christmas stocking for one of our heroes overseas may stop at Den Herder Funeral Home, located at 1000 W. Wayne St., Paulding, now and return filled stockings by Dec. 2 during the hours 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. If after these hours, please call the funeral home to make arrangements 419-399-2866.

Salvation Army Bell Ringers

The Salvation Army will be doing kettle collections beginning Nov. 29 in Paulding. This year there will be Sunday collections.

This year, Christopher Elder is coordinating the bell ringer schedule for Paulding County.

The main location for kettle collections is at Chiefs. This year two locations have been added. Those locations are the Marathon in Payne and the Marathon in Paulding.

Kettle collecting begins on Nov. 29 at Chiefs and will end Dec. 21 from 9 a.m. - 9 p.m. each day.

The date for kettle collecting at the Marathon in Payne is Dec. 14.

The date for kettle collecting at the Marathon in Paulding is Dec. 6.

Please contact Christopher for specific times.

If you or your group are interested in donating your time to ring the bell for the Salvation Army, please call Christopher at 419-670-1831 or email at

The Salvation Army Service Unit assists individuals and families daily with emergency needs. What is raised in Paulding County, stays in Paulding County.

Free Giveaway Day

The Mandale Church will hold its annual Christmas Giveaway from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. on Dec. 8. The Mandale Church has been holding the event for several years. New toys will be available for children ages 2-12 years. Everyone is welcome.


The Paulding United Methodist Church will host the 20th annual TGIF (Thank God It’s Free) giveaway on Saturday Dec. 7 from 9 a.m.-noon at the Paulding Extension Building.

Donations for the giveaways will start on Dec. 2 and run through Dec. 4 from 8 a.m.-8 p.m. each day. On Dec. 5, items will be accepted from 8 a.m.-3 p.m.

Items wanted are gently used winter jackets, clothes, shoes, bedding, games, toys, stuffed animals, Christmas decorations, towels, kitchen items, etc. No furniture, please. Items should be clean and in good condition with no holes or tears. If you have any questions, please contact Sue at 419-263-2972.

Mitten Tree

The Paulding County Carnegie Library will be sponsoring their annual mitten and scarf tree. People can place new hats, scarves or gloves on the tree and the items will be distributed to people in need throughout the county. The tree will be put up Dec. 1. Donations will be accepted for two weeks, ending Dec. 16.

Angel Trees

Churches within the county put a Christmas tree up in the sanctuary, or in the lobby. Instead of decorating the tree with ornaments it is decorated with the names of children and/or adults in need with a request attached to it. The tree can also be decorated with anonymous requests with a gender. This year several churches are participating.

Divine Mercy: Once again we will be assisting those in need in Paulding County. Please take an Angel from the tree, purchase the item, wrap the item, place the angel on the package and return to any of our three campuses. Please all gifts must be turned in no later than 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, Dec. 15 as they will be distributed.

St. Paul United Methodist Church: Is still seeking to adopt an elderly couple from the community to add to their Angel Tree. Please have all recommendations in no later than Dec. 13. Please contact Glenna Stabler 419-263-2211.

Holiday Food Bag Drive

Chief is hosting a food bag drive until Dec. 15. In the entrance of the store there is a table with grocery bags marked with $3, $5, and $10. When you purchase the bag the contents inside will go to a local food pantry.