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Norwalk Salvation Army’s Christmas Programs

Would you like to help out your community or do you and your family need help this holiday season?

  • Angel Tree tags: each tag represents a child whose parent filled out an application for Christmas assistance. Tags can be reserved, picked up or delivered through our office staff (419) 668-4090
  • Adopt-A-Family: some Angel Tree tags reflect a unique hardship the family has undergone this year such as the loss of a job or a loved one. Such families are flagged as an ‘Adopt-A-Family’ where sponsors can go above and beyond to make Christmas extra special for them
  • Bell-Ringing: we need volunteer groups who would be willing to help us ring bells at our select store locations to help us reach our Red-Kettle Campaign goal. The funds raised support our operations, programs and services offered year-round.

Contact the Norwalk Salvation Army at 419-668-4090 for more information.


United Fund Dine Out for the FUNd of it!  Every Wednesday At Area Restaurants
Help the United Fund and support our community restaurants at the same time!
A portion of the days sales will go toward the 2021 Community Campaign to help with local programs.

  • November 25th- Pizza Post in Norwalk
  • December 2nd- Press Box in Norwalk
  • December 9th- Freight House in Norwalk
  • December 16th- Bluto’s Hometown Tavern in Norwalk
  • December 23rd- Norwalk Eagles  Lunch 11am-2pm &  Dinner 5pm-8pm

For more information call the United Fund at 419-668-0269 or email the office at



Norwalk Arts Center’s “Something to Chair-ish Campaign”

Own a piece of Norwalk History with completely refinished original Norwalk Theater seats.
Buy 1 or 10!!!  A limited quantity are available.  All money raised will go directly to restoration
of the Historic Norwalk Theater.
To purchase your piece of history go to
You can also call 567-220-0011.


The Ohio Department of Health wants to urge the community to familiarize yourself
with the
symptoms of a Cold, Flu, and COVID-19
If you’re feeling sick, call your doctor first before going in.
Learn the different symptoms at


Ohio Dept. of Job & Family Services (ODJFS), which is responsible for unemployment
compensation benefits
, has been struggling to deal with the volume of Ohioans trying to
apply for unemployment comp benefits.

If you need to file an unemployment claim, go to
A step-by-step guide to file your unemployment claim is available in the upper right-hand
corner of the page.  Your benefits are retroactive to when you became eligible.  If possible,
file claims during non-core business hours.


Second Harvest Food Bank of North Central Ohio needs your help now more than ever.
With the Covid-19 pandemic, there will be an increasing need to provide food for those in our
community.  You can help by donating or volunteering.  Your donations will help get food into
the hands of those who need it.  And volunteers are needed to sort and re-pack food, help
on-site distribution, work in the office, and more.
Please go to  to donate online and learn more
Find programs that help families at risk for hunger in every community.
Search the Second Harvest Partner Charity Directory.
This Institution is an Equal Opportunity Provider.


Family Life Counseling and Psychiatric Services now offering Telemental Health and
Telerecovery Services. Call: (567) 560-3584   

The agency  is now offering Telemental Health and Telerecovery Services Option to the
community. Telemental Health and Telerecovery Services are the use of technology in order
to provide real-time counseling and support services from a distance.  Getting the support
you and your family need while sheltering at home just got easier.
Help is just a call away – (567) 560-3584



Make It Magical at the Sandusky Mall and Help a Charity
Do you own a business?  Want to try to earn some money for your favorite charity?

Each business will be decorating and entire 7’ x 7’ space in the Winter Wonderland Walk Through for charity. People will stroll through the walk through and then place a vote, between November 21st and December 17th.
The display with the most votes will have $1,000 donated to the 501(C) 3 charity of their choice.
For more information, visit Sandusky Mall‘s event page.


VacationLand Federal Credit Union 9th Annual Toy Drive
It will be benefiting families in Erie and Huron Counties. Monetary or new, unwrapped
toys can be dropped off at any VLFCU branch in Sandusky, Huron, Norwalk and
Vermilion or the Sandusky House of Donuts by December 12.
Donations can also be dropped off on Saturday, December 12, at the wrap up event
at the Sandusky Mall from noon to 4:00 pm where kids can grab a holiday goodie bag
from Dollar Dog.
All donations will be provided to children served by the Reach Our Youth organization in
Huron County and the Erie County Department of Jobs & Family Services.

For more information, contact Heather Gilchrist, Marketing Director for
VacationLand Federal Credit Union, at 419-625-9025, extension 1342 or email Details are also available at



The Huron County Support Line is a free, non-judgmental, non-emergency support line
available to every person in the county. Individuals can call to get support and learn about
available mental health and recovery resources.  The Support Line is staffed by behavioral
health professionals who are trained to help.
Call (567) 743-7155

The Support Line is staffed 7 days a week from 8:00am – 10:00pm daily.
This is not a crisis hotline.  If you are experiencing a mental health crisis, call 800-826-1306.


Mental Health & Recovery Board of Erie & Ottawa County
Need someone to talk to? Is the stress of the disrupted routines, social distancing, and
overall uncertainty of the future weighing on you?
Call the COVID CareLine at 1-800-720-9616. 
It’a a new toll-free number staffed by
professionals who offer confidential emotional support.

Family Health Services
Seniors, feeling sick or concerned about your health?  Sandusky’s Family Health Services
is here for your primary care or behavioral health needs and is also committed to continuing
care for Veterans during this time of need.
See a clinician through your phone or computer by calling 419-502-2800 for an appointment
OR see a provider in person OR if a Clinician determines you have symptoms, be treated in
your vehicle.
Family Health Services has two locations:
1912 Hayes Avenue  Open M W F 8-5 p.m. and T TH open 8-7 p.m. Call 419-502-2800 and
620 East Water Street, in walking distance of downtown housing.
Open M W F 8-5 p.m. and T TH 8-6 p.m.  Call 419-502-2839 for assistance.

Veteran Services is located inside Firelands South Campus Building, 1912 Hayes Avenue,
if you need an in-person visit for primary care or behavioral health.
Hours of Operation:  M W F 8-5 p.m.      T & TH 8-7 p.m.
Appointments are available in person, through a telehealth visit or if a Clinician determines
someone has the symptoms of COVID-19, Drive Up service is available with someone remaining
in their car.  Call our designated Veteran Hotline for more information: 419-219-4735

The Port Clinton Chamber is committed to their mission of improving the economic and business
climate of the greater Port Clinton Area. During this crisis, they have added a COVID-19 News blog
to the website, This page is updated daily with important information
regarding help for your business as well other important information such as ways to support local
safely. You can also follow on Facebook @PCChamber for info on local events and more. As always,
your Port Clinton Chamber is here for YOU!

Huron County Veterans Service Commission Temporary Changes
The Offices will be open from 8:30am – 4:00pm Monday through Friday, except holidays, to answer
phone calls for information 419-668-4150.   Most information can be found online.

Meeting of the Huron County Veteran Service Commission will be held by teleconference on the
1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month at 2pm.
Please call the Huron Veteran Service Office with any questions.

The Vermilion Chamber has created a new page on our website dedicated to COVID19 news,
merchant info, restaurant info, churches, food pantry, senior citizens services, Vermilion School kids
on lunch program etc.
After you click on the link…click on the picture Vermilion, OH COVID-19 Community Guide Resource
Guide and that will get you to all the information.


Victory Kitchen “We Walk In Faith, Not Fear”
At this crucial time of the COVID 19 Panademic, Victory Kitchen is still standing strong to be the
helping hands to those in need in the community.
They are providing Hot Meals for Breakfast and Lunch, prepared fresh daily for patrons to take
home. Along with the hot food, they are providing  food bags (1 per Adult & 1 per Child).
If you would like to make a donation, monetarily or product please call 419-627-8732 and speak
with a staff member.
Thank you for your continued support and God Bless!


The Mercy Flu clinic is now open to serve patients experiencing any flu-like symptoms
Hours there are Monday – Friday, 8:00 am to 8pm, Saturday – Sunday, 11:00 am to 5 pm.
Before heading to the Flu Clinic to be triaged, please call the Mercy Health Hotline phone number at
Symptoms Treated:
*Fever       *Muscle/Body Aches     *Headaches     *Fatigue/Tiredness
*Sometimes Vomiting & Diarrhea
If you have flu like symptoms or think you have the flu PLEASE DO NOT go to any
Mercy Health Physician Practice.
Virtual visits are also available with a primary care physician.
Please call 440-988-3705 to schedule your visit.


The Ohio Department of Health has opened a call center to answer questions about Coronavirus.
The center is staffed by licensed nurses and infectious disease experts.
The call center is open 7 days a week from 9am-8pm at 1-833- 4-ASK-ODH
That number again is 1-833-4-ASK-ODH



The Ohio Development Services Agency is preparing to submit an application in the coming week to
qualify Ohio for the U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program.
This program provides low-interest loans up to $2 million in order to help businesses overcome the
temporary loss of revenue during the state of emergency.
Non profit organizations in Ohio will also be eligible for low-interest loans through the SBA’s
Economic Injury Disaster Loan program.
In order to complete the state’s application, businesses impacted by the current public health crisis
should immediately send their contact information to
Additional information on the SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program is available at


Firelands Regional Medical Center has implemented visitor restrictions.
If you have a cough, chills, fever, headache, muscle aches, sore throat, or believe you have the flu
and do not need emergency care, do not come in. Visitation is restricted to healthy immediate
family or immediate support person 18 and over.


To protect patients and staff, Fisher Titus Medical Center has implemented visitor restrictions
For more information visit   


Girl Scouts of North East Ohio
Because of Girl Scouts… you’ll see your girl’s confidence and self-esteem boost as she makes a
difference not only in her community, but the world! With Girl Scouts, girls receive lifelong lessons,
friendships, and amazing opportunities! Girl Scouts is the place for every girl, and we can’t wait to
welcome you and yours today. Troops are open and you’re invited to join us for FREE virtual events! Visit to join Girl Scouts or to register for an event.


Erie County Children Services Gathering of Christmas Gifts 2020
Would you like to help a child for Christmas?  Erie County Children Services is excepting presents. Trying to help as many children as possible have a nice Christmas.You can call to get the name, age and wish list of a child and shop yourself.
If you don’t like to shop,  they have shoppers.   Your monetary gift is tax deductible.Call Kristen Lindsey if you want to adopt a child, just want to be a shopper or have questions at 419-627-5306 or you can email her at  If you want to simply donate, make checks payable to: Erie County Children Services  and send to Erie County Children Services, Attn: AJ Lill 221 W. Parish St. Sandusky, OH 44870 

  Imagination Library  Huron County is launching the Huron County Imagination Library with the help of Dolly Parton and the Ohio Governor’s Imagination Library.  Parents of children from birth through age 5 can register to receive a free book each month.Visit to follow the easy instructions to enroll your child to receive a free book in the mail each month at no cost to you.Each book is tailored for the child’s age group.


27th Erie County Senior Center’s Stuff the Trunk 9am – Noon
“Stuff the Trunk” is part of Subaru’s Annual Share The Love EventDrive bythe Erie County Senior Center located at 620 East Water St. Sandusky and help Stuff the Trunk.The goal is to collect enough items for the 300 Meals on Wheels Seniors.Items they might enjoy through the Winter months.   These seniors are struggling with Social Isolation during this pandemic.Come out and help brighten their holidays! SUGGESTED ITEMS TO SHARE INCLUDE:PUZZLE BOOKS        COLORING BOOKS        COLORED PENCILSWORD SEARCH BOOKS          POSTAGE STAMPS        SMALL SNACK PACKSHOT CHOCOLATE PACKETS     MICROWAVE POPCORNGRANOLA/BREAKFAST BARS       $5 GROCERY GIFT CARDSMONETARY DONATIONS ALSO APPRECIATED.Donations can also be dropped off in the lobby of the Erie County Senior Center 8am-4pmFor more information, please call (419) 626-2560. 
27th Merry-Go-Round Museum FREE Admission 5-8pm

Enjoy the Free admission to the museum and ride the Carousel for just $1.

For more information go to

27th City of Sandusky’s First Virtual Holiday Lighting Celebration 
This unique celebration will begin at 6:10 p.m. at the City of Sandusky – Government Facebook Page
Watch the festivities from the comfort of your home or your parked car.No Santa Visits This Year In Person or Virtual
27th & 28th Huron County Ag Heritage “Roll It Forward” Rummage Sale

Stop out to the located at the Avery Commerce Park 11001 US Highway 250 N Milan, OH.

Find a treasure and help support the Huron County Ag Heritage.

27th Christian Singles Fellowship Attending Sandusky’s Tree Lighting & Dinner 6pm

Meet at the Washington Park in downtown Sandusky for the City’s Tree Lighting. Then the group will meet at Texas Roadhouse Restaurant, Sandusky at 7:30pm for dinner.

Bring the kids to welcome in the Christmas season followed by dinner with the group.

For more information call Karson at 419-433-0085

28th Light Up Norwalk Drive Thru Style at Suhr Park 5-8pm 

The traditional Light Up Norwalk festivities will not be held this year, sadly, due to the strict gathering order from Governor DeWine. However, they are adapting the event to make it a drive thru holiday event at  Suhr Park from 5-8pm 
Please join in and spread holiday cheer with music, Santa and his reindeer, hot chocolate, cookies, and the incredible Disney princesses
Nothing can ruin Christmas for the City of Norwalk!

Follow Norwalk Area Visitors Bureau or Light Up Norwalk on Facebook for up to date information.



Willard’s 1st Annual Community Christmas Festival of Lights Drive Thru 

Fridays and Saturdays  6:30pm – 10:00pm

December 11th & 12th             December 18th & 19th           December 25th & 26th

January 1st & 2nd

Come drive thru the Willard City Park and view the lights.

Everyone is invited to create a Christmas/Holiday Scene for all to enjoy!

Businesses, Organizations, Churches and Individual Families are encouraged to participate.

To sign-up to mark your spot in the park or more information contact the Willard Area Chamber of Commerce at 419-935-1888 Or City of Willard at 419-935-1654