LEIPSIC — A Halloween costume drive, prom dress exchange, Chapters for Children book collection and winter coat drive are all events planned at Leipsic Community Center this fall.
The center is seeking donations from the community to help make the events possible.
Halloween costume drive begins Oct. 1 and the community is encouraged to donate new or gently used costumes for newborns, toddlers, teenagers and adults. This is the third year for the event that will run through Oct. 21. Last year there were 50 to 75 costumes donated and those in need will receive the costumes. The costumes will be distributed on Oct. 21 in the community center’s front lobby.
“We collect the costumes, and this is a way to distribute them to families in need and is a way to make Halloween special for those who can’t afford it,” said Kristen Pickens, Leipsic Community Center director.
New this year is a prom dress exchange. Prom dresses will be collected from Oct. 14 to Feb. 1. She said a lot of people start prom dress shopping as early as now for May proms.
“I’m from Ottawa and know there used to be a prom dress exchange before, but there is not one,” Pickens said. She said being the mother of a daughter she realizes how expensive prom can be.
“We would like to try to take an opportunity to make this less of a burden on families,” Pickens said.
The third event is Chapters for Children in its second year that encourages the community to donate books Nov. 1 to Dec. 16. The books will be distributed to Leipsic Elementary and Leipsic St. Mary’s schools. Every child in kindergarten through eighth grade will receive a brand new wrapped book for Christmas. There were over 800 books collected last year and each book will be categorized according to reading level.
“We looked up stats on the Ohio Department of Education website that say reading is one of the most important aspects of a child’s life, and the earlier you get them to read, the more successful they are down the road,” Pickens said.
The goal is to eventually expand the event throughout other Putnam County schools.
A winter coat, hats and gloves drive collection drive is planned with the community asked to donate the items Nov. 8 to Dec. 12. The items will be distributed on Dec. 12 to infants and adults. Last year, there were 150 to 250 items collected.
Leipsic Community Center address is 120 E. Main St. Hours are Mondays through Thursdays from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. and closed Sundays. The Facebook page is The Leipsic Community Center.
Reach Jennifer Peryam at 567-242-0362.