Wapakoneta Sertoma Club helps local organizations

Onda Schultz, left, Delmar Merricle, center, and Rollie Kent, right, all represented organizations receiving donations from the Wapakoneta Sertoma Club
Deb Zwez

The Wapakoneta Sertoma Club donated $3,800 to area organizations Wednesday, and club members learned about why those dollars are needed and how the donation is spent.

Onda Schultz represented God’s Storehouse, a thrift store and food pantry manned entirely by volunteers.

“We try to help people who need some help,” Schultz said, sharing statistics that show 153 families, including 410 individuals, received assistance in August and 131 families, including 473 people, were assisted in September.

God’s Storehouse also receives donations from churches, businesses and is the recipient of half of the food drive collected by local postal carriers and the local Scout teams.

“We just try to take care of people who need help,” Schultz said. “We are really, really blessed with the donations.”

Retired fire fighter Delmar Merricle represented Christmas Cheer during Wednesday’s meeting. While the number of families referred for assistence are down from previous years, Merricle said he and fellow committee members believe their walk-in requests will increase.

Christmas Cheer donates food and gift boxes to needy families in mid-December after volunteers spend about a week...

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