By Ciara Conley
The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 575 has partnered with Scioto County Children’s Services to provide coats and canned food items to those in need for the holiday season.
Sponsored by RENEW (Reach Out and Engage Next-Gen Electrical Workers) this marks the 4th year that IBEW 575 has held the drive.
Last year, they collected over 100 coats. But hopes to see an increase in collections, adding canned food and new toys to the items.
“We organized this event because all too often our city may forget about how much good we actually do for the community,” said member Whit Bales. “Our hall would like to let the less fortunate citizens of Portsmouth know that we have not forgotten them.”
Items can be dropped off between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. at 110 Offnere Street in Portsmouth from now until Dec. 10. After Dec. 10 the items will be taken to Children’s Services and distributed to local families in need.
Requested items include:
- New or lightly used coats
- Canned fruits
- Canned vegetables
- Canned proteins (tuna, chicken, etc.)
- Peanut butter and jelly
- New toys
“This is just another way for us to give back,” said Bales. “We try to do multiple projects for our community. This year we’ve done things like Habitat for Humanity, Trick or Treat at the hall, and other things.”
For more information, please contact either 740-353-8000 or 740-935-1958.