Charity, Leetonia Library collecting care items

LEETONIA- The Leetonia Community Public Library is teaming up with the St. Vincent de Paul Society at St. Patrick’s Church to collect personal care and paper products this holiday season.

Now through Dec. 10 the library will be collecting the items for the organization’s food pantry, which will then distribute the donations at its monthly distribution for Leetonia school district families. No food or clothing will be accepted.

According to pantry supervisor Sue DeJane, the organization is hoping to collect items people need but are not available through the Second Harvest Food Bank such as shampoo, cleaning supplies and toilet paper.

“We rely on people’s generosity for these types of items,” she said. “Community support is vital for our being able to help out.”

The collection drive is a continued joint effort between the library and community churches. The library previously offered a book night at a St. Vincent de Paul Society distribution and hosted a clothing give-away in conjunction with several churches.

“You see a need and want to help,” said Library Director Lisa Rohrbaugh. “[The churches] are working hard to help the community, but they don’t necessarily have the room that we have here.”

DeJane said that the organization serves on average 80 to 90 families each month, but over 120 each month during the holidays. Members recognized the work of God in making the distributions possible and noted that not only do volunteers come from several area churches, but local organizations also assist monetarily.

For information about the collection drive and what can be donated contact the library at 330-427-6635.