Portage agencies seek Christmas donations

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The Center of Hope and Kent Social Services are turning their attention to helping less fortunate families in Portage County make Christmas wishes come true.

More than 900 families have registered through the two locations for holiday food boxes and toys for children.

"We are in great need of donations of food, turkeys and hams, and toys for the Christmas distribution which will be held Dec. 17 and 18," said Anne Marie Mann-Noble, director of emergency outreach services.

Items can be dropped off at the old Paul's Lumber store at 129 S. Chestnut St., Ravenna through Dec. 16 weekdays between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., and on Saturday, Dec. 7 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

"We would greatly appreciate food, turkeys or hams, toys, books and games for children from infant to 16 years of age," said Julie Piccione-Beach.

Anyone wishing to volunteer their time to assist with sorting and packing food boxes and toys, contact Piccione-Beach at 330-221-9583 or 330-296-6665.

Also, the Center of Hope thanked the very generous businesses and members of the community for their contributions to the Thanksgiving distribution.

Mann-Noble said, "We would not have been able to distribute the 500 boxes of food and turkeys without the help of David Dix; ROC TEN; Andy Bell, manager of Ravenna and Solon Giant Eagle stores; Jason of Good Cents Ravenna; Larry Sevich, vice president of Distribution for Seaway Foods; Talon Logistics; Mayor Joe Bica and the city of Ravenna; ABC Plumbing; FABET; AmeriGas; United Way of Portage County; Kent Army ROTC; the Portage County Sheriff's Office; Portage Community Chapel; Linda and Larry Goodyear; and the use of equipment from JP Myers.

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