Your neighbors are reaching out and helping others, some close by and others far away. The sewing group Quilts of Compassion is stitching together items to take to Joplin, Mo., and give to tornado victims, while staff at a Bedford elementary school are learning how to use a defibrillator. The Frog Town Low Vision Support Group maximizes independence through education and support, while the Locke Branch Library maximizes its summer reading program with specialty sessions and ice cream parties.
Members of Quilts of Compassion are busy in their Centennial Road workshop stitching together what they hope will be 300 quilts they can present to residents of Joplin, battered May 22 by a deadly tornado that cut a swath of destruction 28 miles long and a mile wide. The storm killed 134 people and injured several hundred.
Staff members at Jackman Road Elementary School will soon complete training on the use of automated external defibrillators. Sherry Farnan, school principal, said the goal of the event was to "benefit and enrich our students' lives." The organization decided to purchase a defibrillator after the event raised $17,000.
The Frog Town Low Vision Support Group, which meets at 10 a.m. on the first Wednesday of the month at the Holland library, 1032 South McCord Rd., includes many remarkable people. The group's purpose is to maximize the independence of people with low vision through education and support.
With relish, youngsters at Locke Branch Library tucked into some seasonal treats -- hot dogs, chips, and ice cream sundaes -- as they celebrated the final chapter in the 2011 reading club. Across Lucas County, about 19,000 people, including adults, teens, grade-school kids, and babies, participated in the nine-week program at the Locke library on Miami Street in East Toledo, and about 400 area residents took part in the reading club.