Feb 3, 2013

Community Christmas Drive raises $27,637

GREENVILLE – Despite the struggling economy, the 2012 Darke County Community Christmas Drive was a success as a grand total of $27,637.34 was collected to help the needy in our community. While the total was down from the $29,691.09 contributed in 2012, it was more than the $26,406.94 collected in 2010. The organization extends its appreciation to the generous people in the community that gave at the 11 different bell ringing locations. Plus, the assistance of all the businesses that allowed collections to take place was also appreciated. The locations that allowed the bell ringers were Wal-Mart Supercenter, Kroger, JC Penney, K-Mart, Eikenberry’s IGA, Big Lots, KitchenAid Experience, Sutton’s Super Valu, Greenville National Bank in Ansonia, and Farmer’s State Bank in New Madison.

The generous giving allowed many families to be helped through food vouchers used for groceries around the holidays. Funds were also available to help support FISH, Grace Resurrection Community Center and Community Unity. Area food banks also benefitted from these funds – Faith United Methodist Food Bank in Arcanum, Ansonia United Methodist Food Bank and Castine Church of the Brethren Food Bank.

There were many volunteers that gave hours of their time, oftentimes in cold weather, to be at the different locations. A special thank you is extended to St. Mary’s Catholic Church, St. John Lutheran Church, Oakland Church of the Brethren and the Kiwanis Club for manning locations throughout the drive. Rotary also assisted on several days.

Co-chairmen Reverend Joseph Soley, Pastor John Person and Jim Morehouse wish to express their deep gratitude to all those involved in helping, including the dedicated volunteers at Community Action Partnership and Mike Boyer and the staff at the Greenville national Bank main branch.

Area churches or organizations wanting to be involved in the 2013 drive may call Reverend Soley, 547-0533.

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