Recently, Phelan Insurance Agency in Versailles, Ohio, asked their associates to nominate charitable organizations which they support, and each day from December 1 – 25, one organization was given a $50 donation. OUR Home was nominated by Karen Thobe, and we thank her and Phelan Insurance for this honor! The $50 donation will allow us to assist a local family with an emergency need this month, like a heating bill or their rent.
This bountiful collection of laundry soap, shampoo, dish soap, and diapers is a gift from a generous supporter who saw the list of needs online. These personal care items will be distributed through the OUR Home Food Pantry and will ease the budget crunch for families who can’t afford these costly necessities. Thank you, E.G.!
On December 2, 2014 the Mercer County Help Me Grow program held their annual Winter Celebration. This year’s theme was “A Frozen Winter Wonderland” and fun was had by all. The families had an opportunity to enjoy a family home style dinner with all the trimmings. Santa Claus made a visit from the North Pole to talk with the children and they had their picture taken with him.
The families visited several activity stations to enjoy the fun for their readiness for the holidays. Some of the stations were to color, cut out snowflakes; parents helped their children with this project. Barb Hennard from the OSU Extension office assisted the children and families to trace their hands prints and make reindeer antlers, along with reindeer food. The children also had fun making snowmen made with marshmallow, graham crackers and icing.
The families and staff of Mercer County Help Me Grow program would like to extend a big thank you to all the local businesses that donated towards the delicious meal. The following businesses donated food items for the meal Cooper Farms, CJ Highmark’s, KFC Restaurant, Home Bakery, Orchard Tree, Bella’s Italian Grille, and Celina American Legion. Wal-Mart donated a gift card, and for Saint John Lutheran Church for the use of the Fellowship Hall. Along with the staff members and the businesses help made this special time of year a huge success.
The staff and their families of Mercer County Help Me Grow program extend a bright healthy New Year wishes to all.
For information about our program contact Sandy Dorsten, Contract Manager at 419-586-1721 ext.1010, firstname.lastname@example.org or 117 West Fayette Street Celina, Ohio 45822.
Hair Affair Salon in Celina recently sponsored an event benefiting OUR Home Family Resource Center, in which their customers donated a total of 173 personal care items, including soap, shampoo, and toilet paper. These items are distributed by OUR Home through its food pantry to those who need them.
Pictured: Hair Affair stylists presenting the collected gifts to OUR Home director Kathy Mescher: l-r, Allison Bruns, Mescher, Sheri Pohlman and Carly Schlater; not present was stylist Geri Schlater.
On November 29, members of the US Patriots Motorcycle Club held an event outside Walmart in Celina to collect toys and food for those in need, to be distributed through OUR Home. Cindy Ellison, who delivered the items on behalf of the club members, said they enjoyed the holiday spirit shown by the givers. The food items that were delivered to OUR Home’s food pantry will not stay on the shelves for long, but will help feed the approximately 300 people who come to the pantry each month. The Patriots also brought toys and games, which will go to children in the Mercer County Angel Tree program.
Immaculate Conception Parish members made a generous Thanksgiving donation to OUR Home’s food pantry. Many bags and boxes of food were gathered at the church on Sundays during November and on Thanksgiving Day. These items will find their way onto the tables of local families in need; OUR Home provides food for several days to nearly 100 families each month.
When Jesus saw the hungry crowds, he instructed his disciples, “Give them something to eat.” Jesus still expects his followers to provide for the hungry, no questions asked. Immaculate Conception Parish and other community groups answer that call through their support of OUR Home’s food pantry.
The Celina Lodge of the Loyal Order of Moose once again supported the Mercer County Angel Tree program with a generous gift. Jim Monroe and Chuck Staugler delivered enough goodies to fill Santa’s bag several times over! The wagon, bicycle, and toys were given to the Moose by Tom and Carol Prenger, and will be part of Angel Tree’s wonderland of gifts on December 12. The Moose Lodge also made a generous donation of cash to help implement the program.
The Mercer County Civic Foundation annually makes grants to non-profit organizations, with the mission of enhancing the quality of life for the people of Mercer County. The Foundation accepts the gifts of charity-minded donors, and manages and disburses these funds to diverse organizations that serve the community.
The OUR Home Family Resource Center and Family Crisis Network have both been recipients of grants from the Mercer County Civic Foundation for a number of years, and recently received $3000 and $2000 respectively. These funds are crucial in the operation of the agency’s programs, and serve as matching funds for some of Family Crisis Network’s state grants.
We are grateful for the ongoing support of the Civic Foundation which allows us to provide relief to local families and individuals in need.