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Updated: February 21, 2019

Food For Thought Benefit Set At Maumee Indoor

Fallen Timbers Arbor of Gleaner Life Insurance Society will host a family movie night on Thursday, February 28, at the Maumee Indoor Theater at 6:30 p.m., to benefit Food for Thought mobile pantries. 

The featured movie is The Karate Kid. Admission, popcorn and drinks are free with donation to the Food for Thought food pantry.  

Cash or peanut butter and jelly donations are requested; creamy peanut butter only, please. Children must be accompanied by an adult.  

Doors open at 5:30 p.m. There is no minimum donation, but generosity is appreciated. 

Have A Heart Restock Drive Set In Sylvania

On Monday, March 18, the Sylvania Franciscan Village (SFV) kicks off its eighth annual Have a Heart Restock Drive to supply personal care items to six area outreach pantries: Bethany House, Claver House, Helping Hands of St. Louis, Our Lady of Lourdes Outreach Soup Kitchen, Sylvania Area Family Services and US Together. 

Individuals are encouraged to drop off unused personal care items in donation boxes on the campus of the Sisters of St. Francis of Sylvania and Lourdes University, and at Sylvania schools and local businesses.  

The drive runs from March 18 to March 28 with distribution of items occurring on Friday, March 29. 

For more information, contact Laurie Bertke at lbertke@sistersosf.org, (419) 824-3515 or visit www.sylvaniafranciscanvillage.org.

Bethany House Plans Celebrity Wait Night

Bethany House’s 10th annual Celebrity Wait Night will take place on Monday, April 8 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. 

The event will take place at The Real Seafood Company and Zia’s at the Docks overlooking downtown Toledo. Local celebrities serve as the table waiters and the event always make for an enjoyable night out. One hundred percent of the tips collected that evening will go directly to Bethany House.

Bethany House is a long-term transitional shelter that gives survivors of domestic violence and their children the necessary time and support to heal emotionally, physically and financially. In 2018 alone, Bethany House was able to provide 14,611 nights of safety for survivors of domestic violence. 

RSVP to this year’s April 8 event can be made by visiting BethanyHouseToledo.org or following BethanyHouseNWO on Facebook. 

Norwegian Exchange Student Seeks Host Family

Education First High School Year is seeking a host family for a high school exchange student from Norway for the school year. 

The student, Lena from Norway, will arrive in August for the 2019-2020 school year. She is a sweet, positive, respectful girl. Her favorite activities are soccer and skiing, but she also loves basketball and singing. 

Host families supply a bed, a place to store the student’s belongings, meals with the family and a supportive environment. The student comes with their own spending money and is fully insured. 

Please consider this very rewarding and educational experience. For more information on hosting, call Terri Callahan at (419) 865-1443 or e-mail terri444@gmail.com. Information is also available at www.efexchangeyear.org.

Valet Shuttle Drivers Sought At St. Luke’s Hospital

Are you interested in helping others and serving your community? If so, consider becoming a St. Luke’s Hospital volunteer valet shuttle driver.  

St. Luke’s offers a free valet van service for the convenience of patients, visitors and employees. As part of its commitment to offering the warmth and comfort of a small-town hospital in a medically advanced hospital environment, the valet van transports people between the hospital and their vehicles on regular, established routes for drop-off and pickup at the visitor entrance and the outpatient center. 

The service operates Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  

For more information on how to become a valet shuttle volunteer, please contact Gina Kasch, volunteer and community services manager, at (419) 893-5919 or gi-na.kasch@stlukeshospital.com.

Host Families Needed For AFS Exchange Students

AFS is looking for host families in Northwest Ohio willing to open their homes to exchange students for the 2019-20 school year. By hosting an AFS exchange student, families help build bridges of intercultural understanding at home and abroad while connecting with an outstanding young person. 

Each year, AFS Intercultural Programs/USA welcomes 2,300 high school students from more than 90 countries into communities. Host families provide a bed and meals, share their daily lives with students, and help guide and support students as they would their own children. AFS spends time finding students to match the interests of host families, whether it’s the arts, academics, sports or other interests. Families and hosted students receive ongoing support from AFS staff and experienced, local volunteers.

For more information about how to host a student, study abroad or volunteer with AFS, call (800) AFS-INFO or visit www.afsusa.org.

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