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Fire stations still accepting donations

November 17, 2016
The Town Crier

CANFIELD - Though the annual Andy Skrobola Memorial Holiday Food Drive recently ended, Canfield city and township residents can still donate nonperishables at any Canfield fire station.

Canfield families donated bags of groceries and other items Nov. 5 by placing them on their porches for pickup during the food drive. The food collected was taken to St. Paul Monastery in Ellsworth Township to be sorted, inventoried and placed into boxes that will then be distributed to more than 60 families, totaling more than 200 individuals.

The food drive was a combined effort of the Knights of Columbus, Canfield Lions Club, Canfield Community Care Net, Canfield Rotary Club and Canfield High School LEOs club - a Lions Club affiliate organization. A number of community members then donated their time by picking up and sorting the collected items.

LEOs Club members started the drive by placing door hangers at local residences as a request to fill a bag with food and other items. The volunteers then returned for pickup.

The food drive was named for the late Andy Skrobola, the Lions and Knights member and former city councilman who made the event a reality for so many years.

"This is such a great event," organizer Phil Bova said. "So many residents participate and the various nonprofit groups make it meaningful for those who receive the donations."

The local groups said the food collected should last at least support each family for a month. They said some individuals also made monetary donations.

Food will be distributed the Saturdays before Thanksgiving and Christmas along with turkeys and hams, supplied by the Lions Club and Knights of Columbus. In addition, families will receive food vouchers to Rulli Brothers and gift cards to J.C. Penney to purchase clothes and toys, courtesy of Canfield Community Care Net and the Rotary Club.

For those who forgot to put out bags of food, the program is accepting donations at both Canfield fire stations up to Thanksgiving. The stations also are accepting donations of money.

Please make checks out to the Canfield Lions Club and send to Bova at 311 Chapel Lane, Canfield, OH 44406.



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