THORNVILLE – Thorn Township area residents wanting to give unto others this holiday season can have their pick of families in need – literally.
“We’ve done this for several years,” said Thornville Community Aid representative Judy Barrera. Her organization is collecting names of Thorn Township area families in need of Christmas assistance. The names are placed on a Christmas tree in the Thornville PNC bank branch office.
Barrera said anyone wishing to donate may choose a name from the tree and donate to that family via Thornville Community Aid. She said the last day people may add names to the tree (their own, or friends or family members in need) is Dec. 1, and the last day to donate is Dec. 5.
Barrera said families in need of assistance may collect their gifts Dec. 12, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Point Station, behind the Thornville Food Pantry and across the street from the Thorn Township Fire Station. She said if people know anyone in need of help or if people wish to donate good used or new clothing, coats, boots, games, gift items, or monetary donations, contact Barrera, (740) 246-6010, Ginny Bozigar, (740) 246-6448, or Marie Smith, (740) 246-5826.
Donation may also be mailed to Thornville Community Aid, c/o Judy Barrera, PO Box 55, Thornville, Ohio 43076. Checks may be made to Thornville Community Aid.
Thornville Food Pantry representative Julia Cooperrider said the Thorn Township community has been very generous to the pantry, which serves about 40 Thorn Township families. “We’re very fortunate,” she said.
Cooperrider said Heron Bay residents have been particularly generous, as have local churches and the Lions Club, among other benefactors. “We couldn’t ask for better support,” she said.
But, the food pantry continues to accept donations. “We can always use canned goods,” Cooperrider said.
Santa Claus will come to town Dec. 6, 8:30 to 11:30 a.m., when the Thornville United Methodist Church, 30 East Columbus Street, hosts “Breakfast with Santa and Gift Shop.” Gifts donated to the gift shop should not exceed $10 value.