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Updated: January 21, 2020

Have A Heart Restock Drop-Off Sites Announced

On Monday, January 27, the Sylvania Franciscan Village (SFV) kicks off its ninth annual Have a Heart Restock Drive to supply personal care items to seven human service agencies and outreach programs: Bethany House, Claver House, Family House, Helping Hands of St. Louis, Our Lady of Lourdes Outreach Soup Kitchen, Sylvania Area Family Services and Toledo Street Newspaper.

The collection drive runs through Friday, February 6, with items being distributed on Saturday, February 7. Individuals are encouraged to drop off unused personal care items, such as deodorant, dental products, feminine hygiene items and toilet paper, at donation boxes on the campus of the Sisters of St. Francis and Lourdes University, Sylvania Public Schools, Sylvania St. Joseph’s Elementary and select local businesses. A complete list of collection sites can be found at www.sylvaniafranciscanvillage.org. All donations of unused personal care items go directly to the agencies and those they serve.

To make a monetary donation, contact Sophia Lloyd at (419) 824-3533 or slloyd@sistersosf.org. For more information, visit www.sylvaniafranciscanvillage.org.

Project PJ Seeks Donations For Area Ohio Families

The ninth annual Project PJ for SeaGate Food Bank of Northwest Ohio will be held through February. New or gently used bedtime necessities for families in need throughout Northwest Ohio will be accepted. Items needed include pajamas, books, stuffed animals, blankets, pillow cases, toothbrushes, toothpaste, hygiene items, slippers, etc. 

To find a drop-off location, visit https://seagatefoodbank.org/project-pj/. 

Maumee Valley Historical Society Seeks Volunteers

The Maumee Valley Historical Society, located at the Wolcott Heritage Center, is seeking volunteers. There are many volunteer opportunities from which to choose. 

Two examples of volunteer opportunities include: docents, who lead museum visitors through the Wolcott House Museum and grounds while explaining the Wells-Wolcott legacy and the pioneering traditions of the lower Maumee Valley; and volunteer hosts, who greet visitors at the Wolcott House Museum door.

Visit www.wolcotthouse.org for information about the society and the Wolcott Heritage Center. For more information, please call (419) 893-9602 or e-mail director@wolcotthouse.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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