FOA’s mission is to help families and individuals struggling with addiction to promote recovery, Brad Silvus said. The organization holds its weekly Tuesday meeting at IHN’s Mulberry Terrace Apartments community room.
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The shelter has had an influx of children in recent weeks, he said. It has about 35 children in ages ranging from seven months to 17 years, Brad Silvus said. The organization hopes to have a couple items for each child, he said.
“We’ve had a lot of support in the community,” Brad Silvus said. “We’re averaging nearly 50 to 55 people coming to our Tuesday meetings. We’re looking at what we can do to give back, and this just seems to be an opportunity for us.”
People can donate before Dec. 6 by calling Melanie at 937-624-2304 or Brad at 624-2436 or by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Cash donations and gift cards will also be accepted.
“It’s honestly whatever people want to give,” Melanie Silvus said. “Kids on Christmas Day would obviously love to have a toy, but they know being out in the weather, hats and gloves will be really nice, too. It’s whatever people feel they want to give.”
The need is great locally, especially with other organizations, such as the Salvation Army, not meeting goals so far this holiday season.
“Hopefully we can help with that,” Melanie Silvus said. “We want people to know we’re here.”
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