Community Christmas Drive to begin in Darke County


ARCANUM — The kick-off for this year’s Darke County Community Christmas Drive was held Friday morning at Sutton’s Super Valu in Arcanum.

“The 2016 Darke County Community Christmas Drive is coming up and it’s hoped that it will have another great year,” said Joseph Soley, co-chairman of the Christmas drive.

According to him, local volunteers will be collecting donations at 11 different locations throughout the county, starting just after Thanksgiving on Friday, Nov. 25 and Saturday, Nov. 26. He went on to say the efforts will continue on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 2 and 3, 9 and 10 and 16 and 17 before concluding on Thursday, Dec. 22 and Friday, Dec. 23.

“At most locations, donations will be gratefully accepted between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m.,” Soley added.

In Greenville, volunteers will be “bell ringing” at The Kitchen Aid Experience; Eikenberry’s IGA; both entrances at the Wal-Mart Supercenter; and Rural King. Contributions can also be made at Sutton’s Super Valu in Arcanum, the Greenville National Bank in Ansonia and the New Madison Mini Mart. Donations will be collected at Kroger for both the Salvation Army and the Darke County Community Christmas Drive, and, for the first time, Dave Knapp Ford Lincoln and the main office of Greenville Federal will also be collecting funds.

There will also be a special fundraising effort through the Greenville Bob Evans Restaurant.

“Last year people generously stepped up and gave $27,642.88, which went to help the good work of FISH, Community Unity, the Grace Resurrection Community Center and the Faith United Methodist Food Bank in Arcanum, the Ansonia United Methodist Food Bank and the Castine Area Food Bank,” Soley stated. “No money is paid to any of the volunteers, and all of the proceeds remain in Darke County.”

In addition to the various locations around the area, donations can also be made to the Darke County Community Christmas Drive at P.O. Box 396, Greenville, OH 45331 or by dropping of a donation to Community Christmas Drive Treasurer Mike Boyer at the main branch of Greenville National Bank. Any questions about the drive can be directed to Soley at 937-547-0533.

By Linda Moody

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