WARREN - Local Girl Scouts and others in the community donated canned goods and nonperishable food items to the Warren Senior SCOPE Center making it possible for them to deliver more than 150 bags of food to local seniors for Christmas.
Ralph Smith, executive director of SCOPE, said the Girl Scouts in Howland and Vienna held a drive this fall and collected many canned goods, which they have donated to the center.
"We were able to give two bags to each senior enough for a Christmas meal and other meals at the holidays," Smith said.
Staff and volunteers at the Warren SCOPE Center spent time bagging food donations, which were distributed to senior citizens in Trumbull County so they will have food over the holidays. From left are Ralph Smith, SCOPE executive senior affairs director; Kim Haase, grant coordinator; David Raach, services coordinator; and Yvonne Reventlow, receptionist. Photo by Bob Coupland
Bags were delivered recently to the seniors, age 60 and older, throughout Trumbull County and included cereals, canned meats, vegetables, pasta and sauce, fruit, and bread.
"We divide up what we are given and then buy whatever else is needed for the bags," he said.
The Scouts collected more than 1,900 items.
Smith said the bags are taken to low-income and homebound seniors the week before Christmas.
''This has been done for many years to help those in need,'' he said.
David Raach, services coordinator for SCOPE, said names of those who need help are provided from all the senior centers, located in Warren, Howland, Niles, Champion, Lordstown and Cortland.
"The food goes back into the community from where the donations came from,'' said Raach.
In addition to delivering to seniors at their homes, items are also taken to local senior high rises and apartments in the Warren area with many seniors unable to get out and get their own food.
"We want to see that everyone has enough for Christmas,'' he said.
Smith said while delivering the food, volunteers provide a friendly visit to the senior citizens.
Barbara Rosenblum, troop leader with Girl Scout Service Unit 807, said the items are collected at a vacant storefront in Howland.
Rosenblum said she told the scouts to remember the seniors they have helped while they enjoy their own holiday meals.
She said, in some years, local troops have collected items as part of Make A Difference Day.
''It was an unbelievable undertaking. These Scouts feel like they are making a difference for others. They were able to fill a room with donations,'' she said.
This is the 10th year the scouts have collected for SCOPE.
Volunteers helping to fill the bags indicated they enjoy seeing smiles and appreciation from those who receive the sacks of supplies.
In past years, there have also been donations of blankets and quilts.
Raach said he gives the scouts and others a lot of credit for the dedication each year to remembering local senior citizens at the holidays.