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Give! And Get Back Some Warmth

posted Nov 14, 2013, 6:15 AM by Unknown user   [ updated Nov 15, 2013, 8:40 AM by Unknown user ]

Michelle Flanagan

This winter season, get that warm, fuzzy feeling by giving back to the community...because we all know you’re not going to get it by going outside. Welcome to Ohio.

There are tons of ways to be generous this time of year, many of which are provided or supported by the school.

          Canned Food Drive:
Many students think of the canned food drive as a way to earn some bonus points in their classes. What a lot of them don’t know, however, is exactly where these cans go after they’re put in the grade book. The cans go to support Salvation Army in Findlay, which provides meals for those in need, and also has a store that offers used clothing at a discount. (The store is a lot like a Goodwill.) They’re always in need of donations, so the canned food drive is a great way to help out.

Coats For Christmas: Donate some lightly used winter coats to Coats for Christmas. Originating in Findlay, this cause works to give those who cannot afford them a warm coat for the oncoming cold. Donations will be accepted Nov. 29-Dec. 6. They will then be distributed Dec. 14 and 15. Look for the donation bins at the school later this month.

Toys For Tots: Donate some of those childhood toys you never unwrapped to Toys for Tots. The mission of Toys for Tots is to provide Christmas gifts to the less fortunate children in the area. The school sets out bins for this cause during the winter months, so keep an eye out!

Turkey Trot: Sign up for one of the Thanksgiving 5Ks, such as the Turkey Trot! Not only will it kill the guilt when you get that second piece of pie, but the proceeds go towards Findlay’s Women’s Resource Center. The Women’s Resource Center counsels women in crisis pregnancies, but they also answer questions that teenage or adult women may have about dating, STDs, decision making, etc. All their services are free, so the proceeds from things such as the Turkey Trot can help many in need.

Holiday Mail for Heroes: The Red Cross provides a way to spread holiday cheer to our soldiers who are deployed and cannot be home with their families. You can help by simply sending a card thanking them for their dedication. For more information on how to help, visit

This holiday season, while you’re warm in your house, surrounded by family and friends, don’t forget to give a little something back to those who may not be so lucky. Happy Holidays!