It's never too late to be a "Special Santa" to the more than 200 dogs and cats who call Hounds' Haven Animal Shelter home.
A shelter spokesperson said, "The critters have created a wish list and hope you can find it in your heart to help them, with a donation of any of the following items:
Dog beds; and
Anyone interested in helping can call (740) 733-8546 to arrange delivery of any gifts.
"Donations to the shelter have been down this year, and our supplies of pet food are critically low," the spokesperson said. "Of course, monetary contributions are always welcome. Send your tax-deductible contributions to: Hounds' Haven, 22 township Road 150, Dillonvale, OH 43917. Your donations help with our lifetime commitment to all pets, who have a home at our shelter forever. And if we find them a 'forever' home through our adoption program, we'll make sure they're always happy, healthy and cared for," the spokesperson added.
Fun Seekers wrap
up 2012 meetings
The Fun Seekers held their monthly meeting Dec. 5 at the YWCA with Joanne Bugin beginning with a reading entitled "The Gift."
President David Krause shared a reading entitled "Christmas Girl."
The Chrisagis brothers provided entertainment.
Door prize winners were Mary Ann Cox, Bill Whiteman, Ames DeFallo, Dom Cilli, Larry Tomassilli, Bob Koper, Frank Rotella, JoAnn Mulrooney, Jeannie Manfresca, Margaret Harbert, Virginia McMenamin, Mav Kearney, John Tuchi, Joan Pohlman, Clyde Morelli, Boyd Barker, Jeanette Gibson, Phil DeStefano, James Cerra and Tony LaRosa.
They each received a homemade nut roll furnished by Betty Owens and Christine DeFallo.
Bugin won the dinner prize, and Mary Orecchio won the 50-50.
Upcoming trips include a Jan. 23 outing to the Wheeling Downs Casino for $25 per person and a Feb. 27 trip to Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack and Resort, also $25 per person. Both trips are open to anyone interested. For information, call Regina Truax at (304) 723-0419 or Krause at (740) 264-5817.
A total of $73.25 and several boxes of nonperishable items were donated to the Weirton Salvation Army.
The next meeting will be held Feb. 6 at the YWCA. There will be no January meeting.
Lions assist with
The Toronto Lions Club members pitched in to do their part in assisting with Hurricane Sandy disaster relief.
District 13G Lions clubs, which include the counties of Jefferson, Harrison, Belmont, Wayne, Holmes, Coshocton, Guernsey and Tuscarawas counties under the leadership of Beth Johnson of Uhrichsville, district governor, and Steve Sherer of New Philadelphia, past international director, teamed up Nov. 29 to send needed items to the families affected by Hurricane Sandy in New Jersey.
Items collected included a variety of cleaning supplies; coats for children and adults; socks, gloves and shoes; blankets; heaters; flashlights and batteries; and paper goods.
Lions Club members from Toronto, Dover, New Philadelphia and Clayland worked from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. that day to unload items dropped off at a warehouse in Dover, according to Jim Coffey of the Toronto club, who said locally that Shell Lubricants of Newell donated many needed items.
The truck delivered the items to the Union Beach, N.J., area under the supervision of Craig Finnegan, district 16B governor.
Thanks to the generosity of the Lions clubs in District 13G, businesses and members of the communities, 16 skids of supplies valued at approximately $15,000 were collected, Coffee said.
Thomas Graham entertained with Christmas music during Moving On's Dec. 9 meeting at Undo's in Weirton.
Norma Boni presided at the meeting. Christine Brown gave the reading, "If You Look For Me at Christmas," and Fred Vogt offered the blessing and closing prayer.
Lucretia "Toots" Ross gave the secretary's report, and Margaret Chapman the treasurer's report.
New member Cindy Gilbert and guest Jayme Browning were welcomed. Christmas cards were exchanged.
Boni noted there will be no meetings in January and February. At the March meeting, dinner will cost $12.
Beginning in March, Brown will coordinate observation of birthdays.
Madeline Michael and Ross conducted the 50/50 drawing, which Ruth Jackson won. Henrietta Malesick and Ann Zmuda won Undo's gift certificates. Jeannette Spear and Nick Smarella won prizes. Fred Vogt, Jayme Henderson, Astrid Bricker, Cindy Gilbert and Delores Proakis won centerpieces. Nancy Sollinger won the drawing for a musical angel.
The next meeting will be held March 10 at Undo's.
Those interested in joining the group can contact Janet Saner at (740) 537-4487.
Dues are $10 annually, and the meal costs $12 per meeting.