Sycamore plans holiday outreach

To the editor:

In August, the Sycamore Youth Center held its first Homeless Outreach. We created bundles containing toothpaste, toothbrushes, Chapstick, socks, tarps, snacks, earplugs, deodorant, soap and lotion. We then gave these bundles to the Urban Mission, Hope House and Friendship Room to be distributed to those in need. These bundles were made possible by generous donations of toothbrushes and floss from Dr. Thomas Matanzo’s dentistry office and other donations from individuals in the areas around Steubenville, Wintersville and St. Clairsville area.

This winter, in addition to our winter bundles, we are organizing a giving tree and a mobile Christmas party. Through each of these, we are hoping to make winter a little more comfortable and fun for those in need. Our giving tree will be placed outside Sycamore from December to January and will contain hats, gloves, socks, scarves and hand warmers for anyone who might need any of these items. For our winter bundles, we are hoping to double the number we distributed in the fall. Finally, our mobile Christmas party will take place on Dec. 10. From 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. we will be at the green space on Maryland Avenue; from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. we will be at the Elmer White Family Units (North End); and from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. we will be at Earl Rogers Plaza (South End.) We will be distributing free toys and providing cookie decorating, hot chocolate and a Christmas art project.

For all our winter outreaches to be successful, we need help gathering the items we need. While any donation will be appreciated and used, the items we need most include toys for boys and girls and fleece for blankets. The children who participate in our after-school classes will be making fleece tied blankets to include in the bundles, and our Sycamore Youth Leadership students will assist in packaging and delivering the items.

If you would like more information on what items are needed, please see the posters on our website: https://tinyurl.com/sycamore-events. We would be grateful for any support, large or small. If you have any questions, feel free to contact Bobbyjon Bauman at (740) 409-2986.

Monique Sammut



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