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October 27, 2012
The Herald-Star

Harding athletes' donation to

provide 25 holiday baskets

Harding Middle School student athletes donated money to Urban Mission Ministries to provide for 25 Thanksgiving baskets to needy local families.

Student athletes on hand to make a check presentation to Sharon Kirtdoll of Urban Mission were Michael Pierro, Alec Davis, Marcus Kelley, , Jordan Smith, Carlee Jenkins, the mission's holiday mascot Tom Turkey and Rhiannon Petrisko.

Two Ridges does 'Blessing Bags'

The women of Two Ridges Presbyterian Church at 1085 Canton Road, Wintersville, recently assembled "Blessing Bags."

These are composed of personal hygiene items in addition to snacks.

"The purpose of these 'Blessing Bags' is to keep them in your car, and when you see a homeless person or someone in need, you can give them one of these bags," a spokeswoman explained..

Preparing the bags are were Glenna Weith, Martha Wright, Peggy Elson, Karen Goddard and Linda Barlow.

Girls Scouts show they care

Daisy and Brownie Girl Scouts of Troops 1008 and 1009, respectively, wanted to take part in the United Way of the Upper Ohio Valley Day of Caring Sept. 12, but were too young to work with the adult volunteers at social service agencies that day.

As a way of participating, however, the members developed a project to collect essential items for the Gabriel Project of West Virginia, which assists young mothers and their newborns. The girls asked for donations of baby care items from the United Methodist churches in Yorkville, Tiltonsville and Rayland, and the girls made donations as well.

Among troop members on hand to present their donations to Faith Hicks, Gabriel Project chapter coordinator, were Kaitlynn Merkel, Reyna Dalton, Ryleigh Dominquez, Tessah Zerosk, Rachel Jarman, Ruthie Dalton, Lizzie Frank and Emilee Reinacher; and third row, Addy Howard, Hicks and Brianna Merkel.

The Troop 1008 leader is Heather Merkel, and the Troop 1009 leader is Erica Barath. They meet at the Meadowbrook Church of God in Rayland. The troops are part of Girl Scouts of USA-Black Diamond Council, a United Way agency.

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