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VAN WERT — Mark your calendars for the 15th anniversary United Way of Van Wert County Day of Caring. This year’s event will again take place Sept. 27. As in the past, the event will consist of the Salvation Army Food Pantry Food Drive, the American Red Cross Blood Drive and local business service projects for United Way agencies. This year’s goals are 30,000 food items for the Salvation Army Food Pantry and 250 blood units for the American Red Cross. To commemorate the 15th anniversary of the Day of Caring, a special United Way Campaign and Day of Caring Kickoff event will take place at noon Sept. 11 at the First Federal Lecture Hall of the Niswonger Performing Arts Center.

Food item donations can be made through the Van Wert County school drives, drop-offs at the various United Way food drive barrels, local business and industry contributions, County Service Club Challenge and the Main Street Challenge pinning Main Street businesses against Van Wert City and County employees and officials. Barrels will once again be placed around the county with a list of needed items. Those needing assistance in locating a barrel for donations can call the United Way office at 419-238-6689. Special prizes will be awarded this year to the teachers and classrooms that collect the most food items.

The American Red Cross Blood Drive will take place Sept. 27 at Trinity Friends Church from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Anyone 17 years of age, weighing at least 110 pounds and in general good health is encouraged to donate. Appointments can be made by calling 800-RED-CROSS or by visiting As an added bonus, those donating blood at this year’s event will be entered into a drawing to win one of four $50 gas cards compliments of area gas stations.

Agency service projects will once again take place during the months of August and September. These projects pair local businesses and organizations with United Way agencies to complete a needed service project for the agency. Smiles, fun and fellowship are guaranteed for those who participate. Please contact the United Way office at 419-238-6689 if you, your organization or business would like to be paired up with a United Way agency for this year’s Day of Caring service projects.

For more information on the United Way Day of Caring, please contact United Way of Van Wert County at 419-238-6689, email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit us on the web at Be sure to check out the United Way of Van Wert County facebook page for current events of the United Way and the Day of Caring!


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