Sylvania Franciscan Village collecting items for local charities

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Tuesday, 22 January 2013 04:00
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SYLVANIA--The Sylvania Franciscan Village (SFV) is is sponsoring its second annual Have a Heart Restock Drive to supply hygiene items to six local organizations -- Assumption Outreach Center, Bethany House, The Claver House, Helping Hands of St. Louis, Our Lady of Lourdes Hospitality Kitchen and the Sylvania Area Family Services.

Members of Lourdes University’s men’s basketball team help out at the inaugural Have a Heart Restock Drive in 2012. (Photo courtesy of Lourdes University)
Members of Lourdes University’s men’s basketball team help out at the inaugural Have a Heart Restock Drive in 2012. This year's drive is to be held Feb. 4-7, with drop-off locations located throughout the Sylvania Franciscan Village. (Photo courtesy of Lourdes University)

Collection runs from Feb. 4-7, with all hygiene items to be distributed Feb. 8. Those wishing to participate in the Have a Heart drive are asked to drop off hygiene items such as deodorant, washcloths, shampoo, conditioner, soap, toilet paper and toothpaste to the following Sylvania Franciscan Village locations:

-- Lourdes University and Franciscan Center, 6832 Convent Blvd.

-- Rosary Care Center, 6832 Convent Blvd.

-- Sisters of St. Francis Administrative Offices, 6832 Convent Blvd., Umbria Hall

-- Sylvania Franciscan Academy, 5335 Silica Drive

A new component of this year’s drive is the Hygiene Sculpture Contest. Individuals can visit www.sylvaniafranciscanvillage.org beginning Feb. 4 at noon to view all the sculpture displays made with unwrapped hygiene items and vote for their favorite. The participating teams include Lourdes University and Sylvania Franciscan Village students and employees of all Sylvania Franciscan Village locations. The winning team’s photo is to be displayed at the close of the contest. Contest rules are to be listed on the website.

“The Sylvania Franciscan Village is founded on strong community relationships and our belief that working together we can accomplish so much more,” says Dominican Sister Janet Doyle, SFV Administrator. “We continue to identify ways to use our many resources for the benefit of our community. We chose to collect hygiene items because these are necessities for every household. Most importantly, those low-income families who depend on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) are unable to purchase these necessary but non-food items through the program.”

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