LIMA — It wasn’t hard to see the holiday spirit on full display across Lima on Friday. At events all across town, individuals, companies and agencies were putting their generosity to good use to spread good cheer as the holidays approach.
Volunteers at the West Ohio Food Bank will be busy this holiday season packing boxes of food for those in need courtesy of a $37,263 donation from American Electric Power.
“We’re just happy to be able to help the West Ohio Food Bank because it covers nine counties in our service area,” said Randy Payne, community affairs manager for AEP Ohio.
It is much appreciated help, according to Bambi Markham, the food bank’s director.
“This gift that AEP is providing with us we will be partnering with employees in these different counties helping us pack boxes and doing tailgating events,” Markham said. “We will be doing a distribution to families in the area. This gift allows us to do that.”
The Area Agency on Aging and Lima Memorial Health System spent part of the morning loading a bus from the Allen County Regional Transit Authority with gifts for seniors as part of the agency’s Senior Angel Tree Project.
Hospital employees “adopted” 125 seniors purchasing gifts ranging from warm blankets and canned goods to pet supplies and other household items.
“It’s something as a hospital community our associates look forward to it every year. Being a family and being part of a family atmosphere is something that everyone here loves,” said Rebecca Jenkins, the hospital’s director of marketing and public relations. “It helps us reach out a little more to the community. You look at the tags and the things people are looking for and asking for and it makes you appreciate what we have here.”
A group of students from the Lima Senior High School of Multiple Intelligences spent the day painting a bus from the Allen County Regional Transit Authority to help spread the holiday spirit across town.
“We haven’t done a holiday bus in about 15 or 20 years so I said I wanted to do one,” said Charles Robinson, marketing director with the RTA. “It’s a great thing. It gets everyone here in Lima in the holiday spirit. These kids just want to show everybody a Merry Christmas.”
Elsewhere across town:
• Members of the Lima Building and Construction Trades Council hosted a holiday luncheon to show appreciation to members of the Lima business community.
• The Lima Exchange Club hosted an annual Christmas party for pupils at Liberty Elementary School. Pupils received hats, gloves, socks, small toys, cookies and a visit from Santa.
• Staff members from Heir Force Community School spent part of the evening caroling at the homes of some of the students.