Leesburg benefit concert


Proceeds will benefit community center

The Times-Gazette



A concert to benefit the Friendly Village Community Center Food Pantry, which helps about 70 families in the Leesburg area each month, will be held Sunday, Nov. 11 at the Leesburg United Methodist Church.

The concert starts at 6 p.m. A freewill offering will be taken and 100 percent of the donations will go to the food pantry, according to Linda Johnson, lay servant for the Leesburg United Methodist Church.

The music will be presented by the Appalachian Christian Hillbilly Band with a selection of old familiar songs and hymns.

“This group has a total of 15 members and they hail from 13 different churches around Ohio,” Johnson said in a news release. “They are donating their time and music talents for this concert, and it’s truly a blessing to hear their music and testimony. As a special treat for children and adults, the Singing Puppets will be offering a few familiar tunes as well.”

The Friendly Village Community Center began operation at its current location on Fairfield Street in Leesburg in August of 2009. It is currently under the direction of Jeanetta Turner.

The center provides basic foods for approximately 70 families per month from the Leesburg area, according to the news release.

Funding for the center comes from local churches, civic organizations, and individual donations. If you wish to donate by mail, make checks payable to the Friendly Village Community Center and mail to P.O. Box 194, Leesburg, Ohio 45135.

The center is currently collecting gloves, hats and scarves for all ages. New or lightly used coats are being accepted through February.

In addition to providing food, the center also spearheads the Adopt-A-Child Christmas Program in Leesburg.

“We have approximately 100 children in this program who live in the Fairfield School District,” Johnson said.

If you are interested in adopting a child for Christmas, see Turner at the center on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon.

“We are truly blessed to live in such a caring community,” Turner said, according to the news release.

Proceeds will benefit community center

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