MIAMI COUNTY — In conjunction with Ohio’s County Boards of Developmental Disabilities’s 50th anniversary celebration, Riverside Developmental Disabilities is celebrating with a supply drive for the Family Abuse Shelter of Miami County.
In the statewide “Week of Service” celebration, Riverside Developmental Disabilities is collecting items from July 17-21. Riverside is accepting donations such as disinfectant wipes, Pine Sol, Windex, Lysol spray, paper towels, toilet paper, dish soap, dishwasher tablets, size three and four diapers, baby wipes, storage totes, bath towels, hand towels, toddler plates and utensils and men and women’s deodorant.
“Since this was a statewide celebration, each county was given the opportunity to decide how to celebrate. We thought we would try to touch another agency that helps Miami County every day,” said Community Awareness & Opportunities Director Melissa Nichols.
“We wanted a celebration that everyone could participate in,” said Nichols.
The Family Abuse Shelter of Miami County provides emergency assistance for men and women who are in need of a stable shelter from situations of abuse and homelessness. The drive will go to help approximately 20 women who are currently in the shelter, and those with future needs.
“Drives such as this help us so we don’t have to pull from general funding to provide these items,” said shelter staff member Lynn Marroletti.
To wrap up celebrations, Riverside is holding a free community picnic from 4-6 p.m. July 21 at Duke Park. The picnic will include free hot dogs, snacks, games and a performance from the local band Bolted Down.
“The picnic will finish out the drive, so donations will be accepted there as well,” Nichols said.
Donations to the drive will be accepted at Riverside’s main office on 1625 Troy-Sidney Road, Troy.
Shelby Campbell is an intern for the Piqua Daily Call who will begin journalism school at Ohio University in the fall.