Sunday, December 10, 2000

Groups help others in a time of need

        Many civic and community agencies, charities and churches are collecting cash, food, clothing and gifts for the needy this holiday season. The Enquirer will run items on the Hometown page Thursday and Sunday through Dec. 21.

Church has party at Drop-Inn Center

               Volunteers from St. Clare Church of College Hill hold an annual Christmas party for clients of the Drop-Inn Center Shelter House in Over-the-Rhine. Church members serve dinner and distribute new gifts.

        However, they request that donations be dropped off all winter, not just during the holidays. Large winter coats, warm clothing and blankets are particularly needed. Other needs include underwear, socks, detergent and non-perishable food items. Contributions may be taken di rectly to the Drop-Inn Center Shelter House, 217 W. 12th St. Information: 721-0643.

FreeStore seeks volunteers, food

               The FreeStore/FoodBank is seeking volunteers to assemble and distribute holiday food boxes, and to accept donations. For times and dates, call Beth Dieter at 482-7535. Volunteers must be at least 12 years old.

        Between now and Christmas, the FreeStore hopes to collect more than 220,000 pounds of food. The FreeStore seeks donations of frozen turkey or chicken, canned foods, fresh produce, sauces, pasta, rice or boxed desserts.

        All food items can be delivered to 112 Liberty St., Over-the-Rhine, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 8-noon Saturdays. Holiday hours: 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Dec. 20-22, and 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Dec. 23.

        Money is also accepted. Send to FreeStore/FoodBank Development Office, 1250 Tennessee Ave., Cincinnati 45229.

CD raises funds for United Way

               Music lovers can help the Butler County United Way raise funds during the Christmas season by purchasing the CD Free As the Wind, a holiday disc that includes jazz, classical, rock, folk and blues selections.

        The CD, which sells for $12.99, features the Seattle Symphony Orchestra, the Dukes of Dixieland and Livingston Taylor. The BOSE Corporation has pledged $10 from each sale.

        The disc may be purchased through BOSE stores or by calling 1-800-919-2673. Information: Maureen Noe, 863-0800.

Salvation Army seeks volunteers

               The Salvation Army Kettle Campaign says it is thousands of dollars short of its goal of $600,000 because of a shortage of volunteers. The need is particularly acute on Cincinnati's west side and in Northern Kentucky. Twelve days remain in the campaign. To volunteer, call Christy Cox at 762-8618.

        If your group would like to publicize a drive for the needy this holiday season, please submit the information to The Giving Season, c/o Elaine Trumpey, 4820 Business Center Way, Cincinnati, 45246. Fax: 860-5190. E-mail:


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