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Care and Share aims to help Salem Twp. families in need

FRANKLIN SQUARE — With Christmas around the corner, Salem Township Police Chief Dan Valentine is partnering with the Salem Lions Club again for the annual Care and Share Program, aimed at helping area families in need during the holidays.

The program has been restructured to better meet the needs of the people being assisted, with contributors asked to make monetary donations, gift cards or gift certificates or even volunteer for family/individual sponsorships.

Checks should be made out to the Salem Lions Club with Care and Share listed on the memo line and donations mailed to the Salem Township Police Department, 3179 N. Glenview Lane, Leetonia, Ohio 44431. If any item needs picked up or anyone wants more information about sponsorships, call Valentine at 330-427-0808.

Valentine said he was able to help 25 to 30 people last year. He said he doesn’t know what the kids may like and he doesn’t want to see items get wasted, so that’s why the program was restructured. He takes care of some veterans and senior citizens, too, and some of them can use an item like a grocery store gift card. In the case of sponsorships, he said several families still go out and shop.

Care and Share covers people in Salem Township, which includes all of Washingtonville, part of Leetonia and the unincorporated areas of the township. Valentine said if he gets a call from someone not in his area, he tries to refer them to the area for their address.

He said there are people laid off without work, some senior citizens and veterans who don’t have much and the families with children.

“I’ll help anybody in their time of need,” he said.

He also said he’ll take any donation at anytime. If someone doesn’t want to mail their donation, he’s willing to pick it up.

The deadline for donations is Dec. 9.

Valentine has been working in recent years with the Salem Lions Club to ensure accountability for the program, adding “they have been great.”

mgreier@salemnews.net

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