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ACROSS OUR COMMUNITIES

Messy Church event set at East Goshen Friends

GOSHEN TOWNSHIP–East Goshen Friends Church, 16800 state Route 165, Beloit, will host its monthly Messy Church meeting from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday.

This month will feature the Small is Mighty theme. Visitors will create, learn and celebrate together with a focus on Jesus’ birth. A meal will follow the meeting.

Messy Church is an all age worship experience that explores God’s love in an accessible way. For information call 330-537-3177 or visit eastgoshenfc.org.

Salem VFW men’s auxiliary to host breakfast

SALEM– The Salem VFW Post 892 Men’s Auxiliary will host a public breakfast from 8 to 11 a.m. Sunday at the Post located at 496 Arch St. with a special appearance from Santa Claus. Haystacks or a traditional breakfast consisting of eggs, pancakes, hash browns, sausage patties, toast, orange juice and coffee are available. The cost is $6 per meal.

Brightside Project conducting annual toy drive

SALEM–This December, hundreds of children throughout Columbiana County will have a bright Christmas as The Brightside Project hosts its fourth annual Bright Christmas Toy Give-A-Way. For the past four years, local business and individuals have donated new toys to the children served by The Brightside Project. Last year, their Bright Christmas event reached out to over 200 children in Columbiana County.

With the help of the community, The Brightside Project hopes to extend its reach to even more income and age qualifying children in Columbiana County. They will be collecting toys with the help of 10 partnering businesses throughout the community. Toys can be dropped off during the business’ regular hours. Salem businesses include Salem Tire Pros & Auto Service, Fairway Independent Mortgage, BB Rooners, Blossom Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Myers Family Insurance, LiBs Market and the Salem Chamber of Commerce; or Savors Auto Connection in East Liverpool and Good Wheels in Calcutta. Collected toys will be distributed directly to children in the hopes of brightening their Christmas. Bright Christmas will be held on two days– 6 to 8 p.m. Dec. 19 and 10 a.m. to noon Dec. 21 at the Brightside Project’s facility located at 138 S. Broadway Ave. in Salem. Children may only attend one day.

“We’re extremely fortunate to have our permanent location in Salem this year that gives us a consistent presence in the community and for the children and families we reach out to. We’re building relationships with them and know some of our kids are going through some pretty tough and dark times. This event is an amazing opportunity for us to partner with our community and make their Christmas a little more bright,” said Lisa Wallace, co-director of The Brightside Project.

Parents are encouraged to bring their children ages 3 to 15 years old and are asked to bring proof of residency with them when they attend the Bright Christmas event. Children in attendance will be able to choose toys to take home, meet Santa and Mrs. Claus and enjoy holiday refreshments.

The Brightside Project, a 501(c)(3) organization based in Salem, Ohio reaches out to equip and empower children in Columbiana County and surrounding areas to help them reach their full potential.

To learn more visit www.brightsideprojectohio.org.

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