After learning about a serious problem that exists in Scioto County, two people, Dan Palmer and Bill Shope, got together and formed an organization called Operation GRACE, which stands for – Giving Relief to Area Children for Enrichment.
The purpose of Operation GRACE is to provide personal items for children in need, items like a toothbrush, toothpaste, comb, hairbrush, soap, shampoo, deodorant, feminine items for the girls, socks, underwear, T-shirts and other clothing. Palmer said all items must be new.
On Wednesday, because of the overwhelming response with items from the public, they were able to distribute items to several schools in the area – Northwest, Clay and East.
“The deliveries went really well. The schools were really happy to get it,” Shope said. “The people that donated, donated exactly what was needed. They did a fantastic job and it’s much appreciated.”
Shope said they were able to get to the elementary schools in each of the three districts, and one of the high schools. They expect to get to the other high schools by the end of the week.
“Our goal is to clear out the storage area that we have right now, everything that’s in it, because word has it that there’s a lot of stuff coming next week,” Shope said.
Palmer said he gets calls from people wanting to make donations on a regular basis.
“I received a call Tuesday from Shasta Lewis that she had donations for Operation: Grace,” Palmer said. “She is a member of Dry Run Church of Christ, and her women’s group purchased two boxes of various items; one box for boys and one box for girls.”
Palmer said anyone who wants to donate the Operation GRACE can call 740-532-1231.
Reach Frank Lewis at 740-353-3101, ext. 1928, or on Twitter @franklewisPDT.