Citizens For A Better Norwood

Monday, November 03, 2008

Norwood Service League needs our help!

Guest blog by Lupe González Hoyt

Norwood Service League has been seeing a huge increase of needs for our services. Last year in 2007, NSL served 1,500 people. January through August of 2008 we have served 2,673 people, and the year is not over! We are turning to residents of Norwood for help in the Christmas season to make the life of a needy child, family or senior adult a little brighter. I know everyone is having difficulties, but any help would be much appreciated.

Here are some suggested ways you can help if possible with your friends, neighbors, co-workers or employees:

1. Senior Shut-in Holiday Stockings: collect small personal care items, a candy cane, small ornament, socks, etc. for Norwood shut-ins visited by public health nurse Betsy. We provide these for her to distribute during her usual weekly visits. We want our shut-ins to feel that someone is thinking of them. Norwood Service League provides the old-fashioned mesh Christmas stockings. You can fill the quantity amount you wish. 3, 5, whatever amount. We usually have a couple of organizations or workplace groups do this project.

2. Toys for Needy Norwood Children: collect toys for children ages 0-12 years old, preferably educational. Any amount is welcomed and appreciated. You might use a decorated box in your waiting room to collect these. Sorry, we no longer have barrels...

3. Mitten Tree: If you have an undecorated tree, you might consider turning it into a mitten tree where you "pin" donated mittens onto it. It not only adds atmosphere, but people like to see the generosity of others and compels them to tell others who may donate. Some have include knit caps, scarves, gloves.

4. Food Drive: Our food closet program has increased 55% (Jan.-August) compared to the whole year of 2007, and the year is not over yet. Any donations of non-perishable food items such as soups, green beans, vegetables, tomato sauce, spaghetti, fruit, would be gratefully accepted by NSL. Our coffers are nearly empty of dollars and the shelves are holding just what we can distribute for November. We also need personal care and household items.

5.Store gift cards: These can be grocery store cards, shoe store (Payless ShoeSource has been most cooperative), Walmart, Old Navy, Target) that we give to teens of families where the younger children receive toys. Teens like to shop and purchase items they like. We also give them to needy families that need blankets, or groceries when it is a Food Closet off day (we serve Tu-Th-F).

By gathering all of donations directed to NSL, we can give them to the families we know have needs. Many of our young parents are struggling, people have been left behind technology-wise in the job market, but we are helping them to help themselves. Some of our clients are physically and mentally disabled and will never get beyond where they are today, but as a community we want to extend love to our neighbors. Thank you on behalf of the NSL board, staff and appreciative clients.

Sincerely, Lupe A. González Hoyt
Executive Director
Norwood Service League
2071 Lawrence Avenue
Norwood, OH 45212
(513) 924-1200
Serving the people of Norwood since 1917...