READY FOR CHRISTMAS – On Sunday, county 4-H members helped decorate the light poles around the courthouse square with lights, greenery and ribbons for the Christmas season.
READY FOR CHRISTMAS – On Sunday, county 4-H members helped decorate the light poles around the courthouse square with lights, greenery and ribbons for the Christmas season.


Progress Staff Writer

It’s that special time of year. Thanksgiving is a just around the corner and before you know it, the calendar will turn to December and Christmas will grab our attention.

For many, this special time of year can be more difficult than special. Many people have trouble making ends meet, with little or nothing left over for “extras” for their families.

As a way to help ease the burden and bring a sense of relief, several holiday projects are made available in Paulding County.

Several opportunities still exist to drop off toys and monetary donations during the various upcoming live drives. WDFM Mix 98.1 will make several stops in Paulding County, broadcasting live at surrounding locations, to receive the donations for Christmas.

The next stop for the collection of toys and donations will be at Divine Mercy School in Payne from 7-9 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 16. After that, four additional county stops are scheduled.

Both toys and money will be gladly accepted at any of the drop off locations. Checks are to be made payable to Christmas For Kids. If unable to make it out then please mail checks to Mix 98.1 at 118 Clinton St., Defiance, OH 43512. You may designate which county you wish to donate to.

Information is now available for those who are seeking assistance, or for those who are looking for a project to support. With Paulding County folks working together, everyone can have the opportunity to feel special during this special time of year.

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

Bell Ringers

The Salvation Army will be doing kettle collections beginning Friday, Nov. 24 in Paulding. Volunteers are being recruited to ring bells at Chief Supermarket in Paulding each day from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. There is no Sunday collection. This year, Jacki Teegarden is coordinating the bell ringer schedule for Paulding County. If you or your group are interested in donating your time to help ring the bells for the Salvation Army, please call Teegarden at 419-784-2150, Ext. 1121 or 419-789-1106. The Salvation Army Service Unit assists individuals and families daily with emergency needs. Teegarden emphasized that what is collected in Paulding County stays here in Paulding County.

Mitten Tree

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 be on display beginning Friday, Dec. 1 and will stay up for the entire month of December.

Free Giveaway Day

The Mandale Church will hold its annual Christmas Giveaway from 9-11a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 9.

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.

Christmas Elf Project

The Twin Oaks Church in Oakwood will be sponsoring the Christmas Elf Project again this year. Trees are going to be placed at the Cooper Library and Twin Oaks Church. Those seeking help need to live in the Oakwood school district and be under the age of 18. Sign-up to receive gifts has already taken place with over 100 requests received. Pick up is scheduled for Dec. 11 from 1-5 p.m. at Twin Oaks Church. Based on the sign ups received, requests for assistance will be placed on ornaments listing ID numbers and a list of needs and wants. The ornaments will be placed on one of the trees and residents will then have opportunity to select one from the tree to assist.

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 to make donations is Dec. 1. For those who may have gifts to donate but have no way to get to the library or church, call Lori Mobley at 419-594-3557 for pick up.

For more information, call 419-594-2992.


The Paulding United Methodist Church will host the 18th annual TGIF (Thank God It’s Free) giveaway on Saturday, Dec. 2, at the Paulding County Extension Building on the Paulding County Fairgrounds. The event will run from 9 a.m.-noon.

Donations for the giveaway will be accepted beginning Monday, Nov. 27 from 8 a.m.-8 p.m. daily through Wednesday, Nov. 29. On Thursday, Nov. 30, items will be accepted from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. At 3 p.m., the doors will be locked in order to prepare for the giveaway on Saturday.

Items wanted include new or gently used baby to adult clothing, small appliances and other household items (no large furniture) and Christmas decorations. items donated should be clean in in good condition with no holes. If you have any questions, please contact Sue at 419-263-2972.

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 County will remain in Paulding County. Remaining live drives are:

• Nov. 16, 7-9 a.m., Divine Mercy School in Payne

• Nov. 17, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., First Federal Bank

• Nov. 28, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Williamson Insurance in Payne

• Nov. 29, 7-9 a.m., Wayne Trace Schools

• Dec. 6, 5-7 p.m., Oakleaf Restaurant in Oakwood

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.

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 tenth annual Christmas Stockings for Soldiers initiative.

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, Nov. 29. Den Herder Funeral Home will then ship the stockings to troops abroad in time for Christmas.

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.” Thousands have been collected in the past four years translating into more than 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. Monday through Friday.

Neighbors In Need

Each fall, 105.7 The BULL joins with Chief Supermarkets in an effort to restock 23 food pantries in Defiance, Paulding and Williams counties right here in northwest Ohio. The continued success of the campaign shows the compassion and giving spirit of businesses, organizations, and residents.

This year the Neighbors In Need campaign will visit the Chief Supermarket in Paulding on Tuesday, Nov. 21. Food donations can be dropped off at the store from 7 a.m-6 p.m. The BULL will be broadcasting from the Chief location in Paulding from 10 a.m.-noon.

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