John Schaffner

John Schaffner

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More than 400 items collected on Mitten Tree

We did it — we broke the 400 mark for donations to our Mitten Tree! We collected 182 pairs of gloves and mittens, 130 hats and 101 scarves for a total of 413 items to help keep heads, hands and hearts warm this winter. The John Schaffnergood folks at the Salvation Army picked up the last load last Friday so our tree is now empty. Once again, we had many hand-made items this year so there is no doubt that our donors really put a lot of time and heart into this wonder Christmas tradition. Thanks to one and all.

Tonight there will be a little bit more on the line when Port Clinton plays at Oak Harbor in boys’ basketball. There will be a special drawing during the second quarter and at halftime, some lucky contestant will have a chance to make a lay-up, a free throw, a 3-point shot and a half-court shot to win a free 2-year lease on a Ford Escape from Tri Motor Sales in Oak Harbor. If you get this on Wednesday or early Thursday, you might want to call Tri Motors to register at 1-800-336-2931.

Spread the warmth with Mitten Tree donation

The Beacon’s annual Mitten Tree is beginning to fill up with Christmas decorations. Every year for the past 25 years (at least), we have collected gloves, mittens, scarves, hats and anything else we can fit on our tree to help keep needy heads, hands and hearts John Schaffnerwarm this winter. The Holiday Bureau will pick them up in early December for distribution. So, please bring contributions to the Mitten Tree to our office in the Beacon Place Business Center on Ohio 53 near the Goodwill Store.

Ryan Francis, the brother of local Chiropractor Dr. Kevin Francis, is in the military in Afghanistan. He is training Afghan troops there. He tells us that the Afghan soldiers are in need of clean socks, underwear and T-shirts. They are only issued one per person. They are also required to provide their own footwear. So, Dr. Francis has set up a collection box at his office at 122 W. Second St. in downtown Port Clinton across from the Post Office.

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