(Posted Oct. 10, 2014)
By Sandi Latimer, Staff Writer
This fall, the village of West Jefferson is expanding on its annual project to help people who are less fortunate. In addition to collecting personal care items, village officials also are accepting donations of new blankets.
Council Vice President Steve Johnston and Mayor Darlene Steele outlined the project at the Oct. 6 council meeting.
“With the predictions of another harsh winter, (we’re) conducting a new blanket drive to help needy folks in our area stay a bit warmer,” Johnston said.
Reports of Norwood Elementary students without blankets prompted the drive, he added. Steele noted that local Girl Scouts are helping with the collection.
Residents can donate new blankets, soap, shampoo, combs, hair brushes, toothpaste, toothbrushes, deodorant, razors, hand lotion, toilet paper, tissues and other personal care items.
The drive will kick off Oct. 18. Residents are encouraged to drop off items between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. at the Jeffersonian Senior Center in the back of the village administration building on Main Street. Donors will be offered hot chocolate and doughnuts.
“If people can’t make it Oct. 18, they can drop off items through mid-December at either the (village) water department or at the Hurt-Battelle Memorial Library,” Steele said.
Donated items will be distributed to individuals who qualified and signed up at the Good Samaritan Food Pantry or through the senior center’s food box program, Johnston said.
Anyone who has questions or knows of someone who might benefit from this project can contact Johnston at firstname.lastname@example.org or Steele at email@example.com or (614) 879-7674.