November 21, 2008

Owens Collaborates with Perrysburg Township Fire and Police through Food and Clothing Drive, Nov. 24 – Dec. 15

PERRYSBURG TOWNSHIP, OH – Owens Community College Department of Safety and Security, in collaboration with the Perrysburg Township Fire and Police departments, is once again encouraging area residents to help local families in need of food and clothing by donating to a community-wide Operation Breadbasket collection drive, Nov. 24 – Dec. 15.

The initiative, now in its 31st year of existence, is sponsored by the Perrysburg Township Fire and Police departments in conjunction with Perrysburg Christians United, the Salvation Army and the Marine Corps “Toys for Tots”. Last year alone, Operation Breadbasket helped over 100 families in the surrounding communities.

Starting on Monday, Nov. 24, Owens’ Department of Safety and Security will be accepting a variety of new and used clothing and toy items, as well as non-perishable food and monetary donations. Such items include clean and usable clothing in all sizes with a specific need for coats, jackets, hats, gloves, boots, scarves and headbands. In addition, toys, blankets and non-perishable food items are welcomed.

“Owens Community College is proud to once again work with the Perrysburg Township Fire and Police departments on an initiative benefiting such a worthy cause,” said Julee Cope, Owens Chief of Security. “There many families that are in need of assistance, whether the help comes in the form of a coat, shoes or food. I encourage area residents and Owens employees to lend a helping hand during this holiday season by making a donation to Operation Breadbasket.”

The collection point will be located inside the entrance to the safety and security office, which is located in Alumni Hall on the Toledo-area Campus. Individuals can drop off their donations 24 hours a day.

In addition, according to Cope, individuals who have received an Owens parking citation up to $100 within the past year will have a very unique opportunity to trade in their ticket with the donation of a canned food or new toy item.

“The Owens Safety and Security Department is once again calling the food and toy drive, ‘Food for Fines’ and ‘Toys for Tickets’,” stated Cope. “Our goal is to provide a little extra incentive for individuals to donate to Operation Breadbasket.”

The Department of Safety and Security will only be accepting canned goods and new toys as part of the parking fine program. Each canned good donated will be worth $1. Therefore, a person who brings in 20 canned goods and owes a $20 parking fine will now have their fine paid in its entirety. For every $1 that a new toy is worth, the individual will receive a $2 credit.

For more information about Operation Breadbasket, call (567) 661-7575 or 1-800-GO-OWENS, Ext. 7575.

Owens Community College is one of the fastest-growing higher educational institutions in Ohio. On the Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses, Owens serves more than 45,000 credit and non-credit students. Owens is committed to providing small classes, personal attention and unmatched affordability. Owens Community College offers associate degrees that transfer to baccalaureate degrees in the Arts and Sciences and over 130 technical program areas in Agriculture, Business, Health Sciences, Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, Skilled Trades, and Engineering and Transportation Technologies. Owens students also can earn the first two years of a bachelor’s degree with a smooth transfer to any area four-year college or university. For more information, visit www.owens.edu.