Officially, it's still fall until winter makes it arrival on Dec. 21, but the holiday season already is here, and area residents Sunday took part in a family celebration, Evergreens Come Alive, at Olander Park's Nederhouser Community Hall in Sylvania.
Program participants celebrated winter-time activities with Rags and his best friend, Mary Leugers, as they cozied up in front of the fire with a story.
Too, participants had the opportunity to decorate a miniature family tree with natural ornaments, make tasty treats for animals, and savor seed snacks.
PHOTO GALLERY: Evergreens Come Alive at Olander Park
The Olander Park System provides Sylvania Township and the surrounding community with five parks and numerous public events and activities
No admission fee was charged for the event Sunday. Rather, participants were asked to donate items to help those in need: warm winter socks for children or adults or perishable food items to stock shelves at the Sylvania Area Family Services.
The Sylvania Area Family Services provides several outreach programs including:
- Emergency food, a few days supply of non-perishable food is provided to help families through a tough period; in 2011, the agency served 1,206 individuals through the program.
- Government commodities distribution site; dispenses commodities to eligible applicants monthly. In 2011, the program served 1,295 individuals.
- Harvest, a weekly food supplemental distribution program designed to supply extra products to families; program served 6,541 individuals last year.
- Holiday baskets. Applicants must pre-register for baskets. Christmas baskets contain meals for the holiday and appropriate gifts for children; in 2011, 1,412 individuals were served through this program, according to the Sylvania Area Family Services Web site.