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Share-A-Christmas program seeks donations

Share-A-Christmas program makes the holiday a little bit brighter for families in the region. Donations are being accepted now.

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A program that began in 1975 to help low-income residents of Tuscarawas County during the Christmas season continues in full swing yet today. Forty-two years ago Tuscarawas County Job and Family Services partnered with Tuscarawas County Council for Church and Community and birthed the Share-A-Christmas program. The theme for 2017 is “May Your Christmas Be Merry and Bright.”
 
Applications were accepted earlier this month, and letters will be sent to the recipients by Dec. 8, telling them in what ways help will be provided. Over 900 families applied this year, which is a slightly higher number than applied in 2016. Families have the option to receive clothing and food baskets, and children under 12 will receive a variety of toys.
 
In order to provide those items, residents of Tuscarawas County and beyond open their hearts and pocketbooks in big ways to help. By mid-November nearly $60,000 had been donated.
 
While donations have been slow coming in, Louise Worsham, director at T4C and chairperson of Share-A-Christmas, is confident they will reach their goal of $120,000.
 
“We don’t receive the final bills until January, so there is still plenty of time to make a contribution,” Worsham said.
 
Tax-deductible contributions can be mailed to Share-A-Christmas, 1458 Fifth St. NW, New Philadelphia, OH 44663.
 
Besides monetary contributions, there also are opportunities to donate at a food or toy drive.
 
The annual WJER/Indian Valley FFA toy drive will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 6 at the radio station in Dover from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Donations of new or gently used toys also can be taken to Lahm’s Motors at 119 N. Broadway in Sugarcreek. They are accepting donations Dec. 4-8 between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.
 
Businesses and churches are encouraged to bring their toy donations to the James-Fillmore Complex on Monday, Dec. 11 between 9 a.m. and noon. Toys should not be wrapped, but gift wrap can be contributed.
 
Food donations will be accepted at Lahm’s Motors from Dec. 4-8 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Food can be donated either at Tuscora Park Pavilion or at the Uhrichsville Fire Department between 9 a.m. and noon on Tuesday, Dec. 12.
 
For information call the T4C office at 330-343-6012.
 

Published: November 22, 2017
New Article ID: 2017171129982