Your generous donations of food are making our job of packing Thanksgiving boxes a joy.

The North Ridgeville/Midview high schools’ food drive contest brought us 18,000 pounds of food. North Ridgeville Rotary has donated 1,000 pounds of potatoes, and the North Ridgeville Lions is having a food drive at Apples in Elyria. Our Food Committee is searching for the best buy on turkey. Our many boxes will provide the traditional Thanksgiving dinner for our clients.

Those who choose to save their boxed dinner until later may go to St. Julie Billiart Church, 5500 Lear Nagle Road in North Ridgeville, for their meal from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thanksgiving Day. Something new this year is a Thanksgiving dinner at Tom’s Country Place on Stoney Ridge Road in Avon Nov. 21. Free tickets are available at North Ridgeville Community Care. This meal is sponsored by some businesses with a concern for people.

Although there is no charge, a ticket is necessary.

There is a need for children’s coats in large sizes. (We have several in sizes 4-8.) We have many hats and gloves and even some boots. When the temperature is at 40 degrees, it reminds us colder weather will soon be here.

Our Christmas projects will quickly follow the Thanksgiving distribution. We have “wish lists” for many children. If this is something that speaks to your heart, call us at (440) 353-9716 and tell us what age boy or girl you would like to “adopt” for Christmas. We will match you to a child on file.

The Christmas Store is a place where Mom and Dad clients can shop for their children with no money because of the many new toys and items donated from the community. If you know of a child or family in need who could use the support of a happy holiday season, please refer them or bring them here to the center. We’re located at 34015 Center Ridge Road in North Ridgeville.

This is a time of grateful hearts and reflections, as we count our blessings and prepare to share with the less fortunate of our city.

By June Yost, executive director

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