Community news from around the area

St. John Fisher in Richmond drop-off center for Box of Joy Christmas gift program

RICHMOND — Mother of Hope Deanery is spreading Christmas cheer early this year to needy children in Haiti, Dominican Republic, Nicaragua and Guatemala, mobilizing Catholic schools, parishes and other groups and individuals across the Ohio Valley.

One of the parishes, St. John Fisher Catholic Church, located at 7457 state Route 152 south, Richmond, is serving as a drop-off center for the Box of Joy program, a ministry of Cross Catholic Outreach, the week of .

Gift boxes will be collected during Box of Joy Week that runs Saturday through Nov. 12. A suggested gift list can be found at CrossCatholic.org/BoxOfJoy.org but, in general, toys, hygiene items and school supplies are acceptable. Items should be new or like new and should not include liquids, food, or anything war/gun related. A $9 check made out to Cross Catholic Outreach should be included to cover shipping and overseas costs.

Team Joy, the volunteers of the Box of Joy campaign, is spearheaded locally by Joelle Bucci, who is serving as the project leader and drop-off center coordinator at St. John Fisher Catholic Church.

Boxes of Joy from the area will be collected on the following dates: Saturday, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.; Sunday, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.; Nov. 6, 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Nov. 7 and 8, 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.; Nov. 9, 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Nov. 10, 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.; and Nov. 11, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Additional times may be scheduled by appointment only by calling (740) 765-4142.

Bucci, who serves as the Mother of Hope Deanery auditor, decided to join the new campaign when a representative from Cross Catholic Outreach spoke about the project at the Steubenville Diocesan Conference for Catholic Women. That portion of the conference remained on her mind for many days until the final decision was made, according to a news release.

Mother of Hope Deanery is one of four Deaneries of the Steubenville Diocese in Ohio and encompasses more than 15 parishes that stretch over three counties. “We are a group of ‘called and gifted’ Catholic women who recognize and address the spiritual and temporal needs of the family, the parish, the community, and the world. By God’s call we endeavor to foster and encourage the spiritual development of our members and support the application of Catholic principles to all areas of social concerns,” the release notes.

Based in Florida, Cross Catholic Outreach is an official Catholic nonprofit relief and development organization that in 12 years of existence has given more than $1 billion in aid to help “the poorest of the poor” in more than two dozen developing countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Caribbean and other parts of the world.

Toronto Rod and Gun Club

to hold luck shoot Nov. 19

TORONTO — The Toronto Rod and Gun Club will hold a luck shoot beginning at 10 a.m. Nov. 19 at the Toronto club grounds, located at 13824 state Route 152.

The cost is $4 per round. It also will involve a trap shoot and a few rounds of luck with a .22 pistol. Prizes will be awarded.

Questions can be directed to the Toronto Rod and Gun Club Facebook page or the club website at TorontoRodandGunClub.org.

Veterans satellite office open

Wednesday in Dillonvale

STEUBENVILLE — The satellite office of the Jefferson County Veterans Service Commission will be open from 9:00 a.m. to noon Wednesday at the Dillonvale City Building, 135 School St., Dillonvale, to assist veterans, dependents of veterans, and/or veterans’ widows with Veterans Administration pensions, compensations, burials, schooling, medical assistance and other veteran’s benefits.

For further information or assistance, call the Veterans Service Office at (740) 283-8571 or visit their office at 500 Market Street, Suite 310, Steubenville OH. Office hours are 8:30 a.m. to noon and 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Closed every Wednesday afternoon to the public.

Library announces variety

of programs and activities

STEUBENVILLE — The Public Library of Steubenville and Jefferson County announces the following programs and activities have been scheduled at its various locations:

Brilliant Branch, (740) 598-4028

Children: Play and Learn the Alphabet, for parents with children ages 2 to 6, will be held Tuesday at 11 a.m. This is an hour-long play session that uses letter-learning toys. No registration is needed.

Adults: Book Club will meet for discussion today at 6 p.m. Call to join.

Schiappa Branch, (740) 264-6166

Adults: Book Club will meet for discussion on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. Call to join.

A beginner’s computer class will be held Wednesday at 1:30 and 6 p.m. “From buying the computer that is right for you to getting connected and seeing what the Internet has to offer, our instructor will show you the basics of getting online,” a library spokesperson said. “Learn how to open files, point and click a mouse and use popular search engines to find the websites you’re looking for.” Call to register.

Children: Tot Time, for parents with children ages 2 to 4, will be offered on Mondays, Nov. 6 and 27 at 6 p.m.; Tuesdays, Nov. 7 and 28 at 10 a.m. or at 11 a.m.; and Wednesdays, Nov. 1 and 8 at 11 a.m. New for Tot Time is that registration for class is not required.

Tiltonsville Branch, (740) 859-5163

Adults: Thriller Book Club will meet for discussion on Tuesday at 6 p.m. Join by calling the library.

Meet, eat and discuss recipes at the Cookbook Club on Thursday at 6 p.m. Call to join.

Longaberger basket bingo

Nov. 12 at Buckeye Local

CONNORVILLE — Relay For Life of Jefferson County will hold a Longaberger basket bingo in memory of Kelly McKim Smith on Nov. 12, beginning at 1 p.m. at Buckeye Local High School.

Doors open at noon, and bingo begins at 1 p.m. Cost is $20 per person in advance or $25 at the door.

For tickets call Carol Webb at (740) 546-4005; Donna Ball (740) 937-2753; or Christine Thompson at (740) 546-4300.

Brooke Library to show films

WELLSBURG — The Brooke County Public Library will show the PG-13 rated film, “Pirates of the Carribean: Dead Men Tell No Tales,” at noon Tuesday and the PG rated “The Emoji Movie” at 5 p.m. Thursday.

Call (304) 737-1551 to reserve a seat and popcorn.