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The Nice List

We've listed the various organized campus efforts to help those in need this holiday season below. If you are in a position to help and would like to support one of the following initiatives, please do so.

ONU Faculty and Staff Annual Holiday Celebration

For the second year, the ONU faculty and staff holiday party will benefit the ReStore and Ada Food Pantry. Hosted by Dan and Chris DiBiasio, the holiday celebration is expected to provide important items to these two local charities. ONU employees are welcomed to join the DiBiasios in the McIntosh Center Ballroom on Dec. 7, from 3:30-6 p.m.

ReStore needs: Dish detergent, toilet paper, paper towels, napkins, plastic ware, heavy-duty trash bags, latex gloves, liquid hand soap, Clorox wipes, disinfectant spray, liquid bleach, diapers, toilet bowl cleaner, drink mix, tea bags, hot cocoa, powdered milk, sugar, micowave popcorn, home office supplies, etc. Ada Food Pantry needs: Juice, jelly, vegetable oil, cereal, pasta sauce, applesauce, hygiene products, diapers, etc.

Feet for Fines

  • One pair of kid’s socks pays up to
    $3 worth of fines
  • One pair of kid’s shoes pays up to
    $15 worth of fines.
  • One canned good item pays up to
    $1 worth of fines.

Join Heterick Memorial Library and ONU Women in the giving spirit of the season and donate new kid’s shoes and socks or canned goods to pay off your library fines from Nov. 30 to Dec. 9. The process is simple, just bring a pair of children's socks, shoes or a non-perishable food item (no canned vegetables, please) to the circulation desk at Heterick Memorial Library. All items collected will be distributed to children throughout Hardin County to charities supported by ONU Women. Canned goods will go to the Ada Food Pantry. For more information, please contact the circulation desk at ext. 2181 or Jenny Donley.

Fill the Fireplace

Now in its seventh year, Fill the Fireplace matches ONU student organizations with Ada, Ohio, families in need of a little help this year. Each group “adopts” a family and raises money internally to purchase gifts and other items needed by the family. Before officially culminating on Christmas morning, the program brings together families and students at an on-campus holiday celebration, where they meet for the first time. On Wednesday, Dec. 5, in the McIntosh Center ballroom, representatives from the ten participating student groups and the ten families will come together for an evening of Holiday fun. Student groups participating this year include the Interfraternity Council, the Order of Omega, Alpha Xi Delta, Delta Zeta, Kappa Alpha Theta, and Zeta Tau Alpha. Contact Jenn Lambdin for more information.

Kappa Phi Annual Sing-A-Thon

The Kappa Phi Annual Sing-A-Thon begins on Friday, Nov. 30 at 5 p.m. and runs through 5 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 1, in the McIntosh Activities Room. Anyone can sign up for a half-hour time slot including individuals, groups of people/friends and organizations. A $5 donation is requested for each time slot. Any type of music can be performed including A Capella, karaoke style, performance with singing and instruments, etc. All proceeds will go to the Joyful Heart Foundation. This organization, founded by actress Mariska Hargitay, promotes education and awareness on the issues of domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse, as well as providing assistance to the survivors. Contact Thelma Schweigel for more information.

Chapel Giving Tree

Be sure to grab a tag or two from the ONU Chapel Giving tree this year and help a Hardin County family enjoy the holidays. This year the ONU Chapel is helping a Kenton family with eight children, ages 2 to 16, make their Christmas more joyful. Please put the wrapped gifts with the tag attached under the Christmas tree in the sanctuary before Saturday, Dec. 8. Contact Jody King for more information.

ONU Bookstore's Annual Holiday Sale/Food Drive

On Wednesday, Dec. 5, the ONU  Bookstore is offering a 25 percent discount on your entire purchase of most general merchandise items (clothing, spirit gifts, school supplies, trade books) with donation of a canned or non-perishable food item. Please be as generous as possible with your donations.  All donated food stays locally and will help Hardin County families in need.

Zeta Tau Alpha Clothing Drive

The sisterhood of Zeta Tau Alpha is holding a clothing drive to benefit the Lima Restore through Dec. 4. Clothes can be dropped off into blue bins that are located in McIntosh right in front of the Res Life department. Contact Emily Brown to learn more.


If your organization's charity efforts are not listed above, please contact Brian Paris.