DARKE COUNTY — The kick-off for the 2015 Darke County Community Christmas Drive was held Friday morning at Rural King in Greenville.
The drive actually starts just after Thanksgiving on Nov. 27 and 28. Starting then, local volunteers will be collecting donations at 11 different locations throughout the county.
The efforts will also continue Dec. 4 and 5, 11 and 12, 18 and 19 and will conclude on Dec. 22 and 23.
At most locations, donations will be accepted between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m.
In Greenville, volunteers will be bell-ringing at Kroger, The Kitchen Aid Experience, Eikenberry’s IGA, both entrances at Wal-Mart Supercenter and WalGreen’s. Donations can also be made at Sutton’s Super Valu in Arcanum and The Greenville National Bank in Ansonia. New to the list of businesses hosting bell-ringers are Rural King in Greenville and the New Madison Mini Mart.
Co-Chairman Joe Soley said last year, people stepped up and gave $25,491.03, which went to help the work of FISH, Community Unity, the Grace Resurrection Community Center and the food banks in Ansonia, Arcanum and Castine.
Churches helping with the bell-ringing this year include the Gospel Baptist Church, St. John Lutheran, Oakland Church of the Brethren, St. Mary’s Catholic, Coletown Christian, Greenville Missionary, St. Paul United Church of Christ, St. Paul Lutheran, St. Paul Episcopal, Bible Fellowship, Stelvideo Christian, East Zion, Fort Jefferson United Methodist, Evangelical United Methodist, Greenville Church of the Brethren, Christian and Missionary Alliance, First Congregational Christian, First United Methodist, First Presbyterian, Beamsville, Trinity Wesleyan, East Main Church of Christ and the Cedar Grove Church of the Brethren.
Also helping out will be the Greenville Kiwanis Club, the Greenville Rotary Club, the Greenville Lions Club, Greenville National Bank, the DeColores Montessori Junior High Farm School and the Darke County Association of Realtors.
In addition to the various locations around the area, personal or business donations can also be made to the “Darke County Community Christmas Drive” at P.O. Box 12, Greenville, OH 45331 or they can be left with Mike Boyer at the main branch of Greenville National Bank.
Any questions about the drive can be directed to Soley at 937-547-0533.
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