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Giving Season



Each year, ONU comes together to make the holiday season bright for our friends in our community.

Fill the Fireplace
The Panhellenic Council is holding its ninth annual Fill the Fireplace event, which matches ONU student organizations with Ada families in need of a little bit of help this holiday season. Each group of students adopts a family and raises money internally to purchase gifts and a Christmas dinner needed by the family. The families will attend this year’s event Dec. 6 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the McIntosh Center Bear Cave, where the children participate in arts and crafts, visit with Santa, and open one of their Christmas gifts early. During the event, students sneak outside to help parents load up their trunks with presents and food for Christmas dinner. To date, the Fill the Fireplace program has served 83 local children and 41 families. For more information, contact Nicole Schneider.

Feet for Fines
Through Dec. 15, you can stop by the circulation desk at Heterick Memorial Library and donate to pay off your library fines. Donation items include:

  • One non-perishable food item to pay up to $1 in fines
  • One pair of new kids' socks to pay up to $3 in fines
  • One pair of new kids' shoes to pay up to $15 in fines 

All shoes and socks will be distributed to children throughout Hardin County by the Helping Hands charity in Kenton, Ohio. Non-perishable food items will go to the Ada Food Pantry. Donations will not be accepted in lieu of replacement fees for lost or damaged library materials. For more information, contact Jenny Donley or Bethany Spieth

Annual Holiday Gala Sale and Food Drive
On Dec. 6, receive a 20 percent discount off your total purchase on most general merchandise items (school spirit, clothing, gifts, school supplies, etc.) at the ONU Bookstore when you donate at least one canned or non-perishable food item. All donations will be distributed locally to families in need. Local author and ONU alumnus Dave Sielschott, BSEE ’79, will also be on hand sign copies of his book, Growing Up. Copies of the book will be available for purchase that day, and the 20 percent discount will apply to it also. For more information, contact Josh Szippl.

Salvation Army Bell Ringers
The Hardin County Salvation Army is enlisting the help of volunteer bell ringers to work the red kettles in various locations this holiday season. The money collected is the main source of funding for the local unit of the Salvation Army, and 90 percent of that money stays in Hardin County, helping many people within the area with everything from rent and utilities to food and necessities. Multiple volunteers from ONU are participating, and there are still times available. If interested in volunteering, contact Yevette Stump.

Kappa Phi is putting on its annual Sing-A-Thon, an event during which organizations sing for 30-minute time slots for 24 hours to raise money and awareness for an organization the sisterhood votes on. This year, the club is raising money for the Reflexive Sympathetic Dystrophy Syndrome Association. The event takes place from Dec. 1 at 5 p.m. until Dec. 2 at 5 p.m. in McIntosh Center's Activities Room.

Fleece Blanket Drive
ONU's chapter of Christian Pharmacists Fellowship International (CPFI) is starting its collection of fleece materials, which members will use to make tie blankets, in partnership with Polar Pediatrics. Each blanket is about 1 to 1.5 yards of fleece, and the blankets will be donated to a children’s hospital in the spring. Donations can be dropped off in the Raabe College of Pharmacy’s Office of Experiential Programs or you can set up a drop-off time with CPFI members. For more information, contact Elisabeth Mobberley.

Reindeer Run
The third annual Reindeer Run 5k and Fun Run, hosted by Mortar Board and Kappa Alpha Theta, is set for Dec. 3. All proceeds go toward buying stuffed polar bears for children in Lima Memorial Hospital and Hardin Memorial Hospital. For every runner registered, two to three polar bears will be given. Registration starts at 1:45 p.m. on Dec. 3 in the King Horn Field House. The Fun Run will start at 2:15 p.m., and the 5k will begin at 2:30 p.m. in the Field House. Following the race, participants enjoy hot chocolate, cookies and holiday festivities. To register for the race, click here. For more information, contact Casey Miller.

Children of Hardin County
If you really want to make someone’s day, consider adopting a child or family for Christmas this year. This is ONU’s 27th year of helping children of Hardin County and their families, and for most children, it’s the only gift they will receive. There are still around 70 more children in need of help. For more information or to sign up, contact Brenda Hamlin or Sherry Agin

ONU Annual Faculty, Staff and Retiree Holiday Celebration
On Dec. 8, from 3:30 to 6 p.m., current and former ONU faculty and staff are invited to support ReStore and the Ada Food Pantry at the annual holiday celebration in McIntosh Center's Ballroom. Items needed are:

  • Restore: Disinfectant spray, paper towels, toilet paper, napkins, dish soap, hand soap and sanitizer, Clorox wipes and other cleaning products, kitchen trash bags, 33-gallon trash bags, large rubber gloves, lemonade mix, iced tea bags, sugar, plasticware
  • Ada Food Pantry: Hearty soups, baked beans, canned fruit, boxed cereal, spaghetti sauce, boxed scalloped potatoes, peanut butter and jelly, Jiffy mix, Bisquick, vegetable oil, Jell-O/pudding

Hardin County United Way
Support those in need in by donating to the Hardin County United Way 2018 Campaign. ONU strongly supports the United Way each year, and this year ONU President Dan DiBiasio and Chris Burns-DiBiasio are the campaign’s honorary chairs. All contributions stay in Hardin County, and you can set up either a one-time donation or payroll deductions. The 2018 campaign is set to end Dec. 31. For more information, including a list of local agencies supported by the campaign, click here. If interested in donating, contact Matthew Phillips or Nicolle Merkel.

If your organization’s charity efforts are not listed above, please contact Laura Germann at