Jan 26, 2014

Funds down, but a lot of people will be helped

GREENVILLE – The 2013 Darke county Community Christmas Drive’s totals were down from past years, but organizers are still calling the drive a success. Over $23,745 was collect to help the need in the community. People responded well on the last weekend of the drive with bell ringers collecting over $6,000. The donations were less than the $29,691.09 contributed in 2011 and $27,637.34 in 2012, but the funds collected will make an impact for those assisting the less fortunate. The organization thanks everyone who gave at the 11 different bell ringing locations. They also thanked the businesses that allowed collecting to take place. These locations included both entrances at Wal-Mart Supercenter, Kroger, JC Penney, K-Mart, Eikenberry’s IGA, Big Lots, KitchenAid Experience, Sutton’s Super Valu in Arcanum, Greenville National Bank in Ansonia and Farmer’s State Bank in New Madison.

The contributions have been distributed to help support the good work of FISH, Grace Resurrection Community Center and Community Unity in addition to the ministries of Faith United Methodist Food Bank in Arcanum, Ansonia United Methodist Food Bank and Castine Area Food Bank.

Many volunteers gave hours of their time, oftentimes in very cold and nasty 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 their locations for all 10 days of the drive. The Greenville Rotary Club served several days at a location.

Co-chairmen Reverend Joseph Soley, Pastor John Person and Jim Morehouse expressed their deep gratitude to all those involved in helping, including Christmas Drive Treasurer Mike Boyer and the staff at the Greenville National Bank main branch.

Churches or organizations wanting to be involved in the 2014 drive may call Reverend Soley at 547-0533. It is hoped the funds collected through this past year’s Christmas Drive will help a lot of families in the area.

On-hand for the check presentation for the Community Christmas Fund Drive were (from left) Sharon Fellers, Grace Resurrection Community Center and Castine Area Food Bank; Judy Collins, Ansonia United Methodist Food Pantry; Mike Boyer, treasurer; Margaret Craig, Arcanum Faith United Methodist Food Bank; Jim Morehouse, co-chair; Mike Snyder, Kiwanis; and Rev. Joseph Soley, co-chair. (Ryan Berry photo)


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