The Village of Amelia is sponsoring a Christmas toy and food drive.
“We are going to help four families from the elementary school and the Clermont Counseling Center this year,” said Amelia resident and drive organizer Molly Parker. “Hopefully it will take off and grow into an annual endeavor.”
Parker came up with the idea when she and her husband Andrew (who sits on the Amelia Village Council) had a baby last year.
“Having a newborn changes everything about your life,” she said. “It changes how you view your community, your future, and especially, your own life. My husband and I feel blessed and we wanted to give back to the community that we feel has given us so much.”
The village is looking for new, unwrapped toys, clothing (all sizes), perishable foods (canned and boxed), gift certificates, books, and cash.
"Basically anything that someone thinks will help a needy family," she said. "This time of year is about giving, we only want to help people."
Items may be dropped off anytime at the Amelia Municipal Building located at 44 West Main Street.
Mayor Mark Menz said that the village has already received several donations.
"The residents of Amelia are already showing their compassion and their generosity," he said. "We are all very grateful to have the opportunity to help others during this special time of the year."
In other Amelia holiday news, the 26th Annual Christmas Parade will be at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 10.
Sponsored by the Amelia Business Association, the theme of this year's parade is 'Let Freedom Ring - Christmas Around the World.
Volunteers are needed for the annual parade. If interested, contact John Nave at (513) 886-4433 or Marlene Bailey at (513) 201-2212.