DEGRAFF – Siblings Monica Slaven and Tyler Slaven of DeGraff teamed up again for another successful local charity drive. They have been running two successful charities started in high school for the the last five years.
Their annual toy drive collected an amazing 20,283 toys for the Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus this past Christmas holiday season.
Each year after their toy drive is over, they gear up and go right into their annual clothing drive in conjunction with their former high school, the Ohio Virtual Academy (OHVA), and the Ohio Virtual Academy Agricultural Society and Student Council.
“This is a project that my sister Monica and I started back in the same year as we started the toy drive five years ago,” said Tyler Slaven. “Our ambitions are to really make a difference in the lives of people who need the help and care in the community. Each year we gather clothing items for both homeless families and veterans in need.”
The Slavens’ clothing drive collects new and used gloves, scarves, hats, coats, boots, heavy socks, sweatshirts, sweatpants, fleece throws, hand warmers, sleeping bags, lap robes, quilts and blankets. Collection box locations this year included all six library branches in Logan County: West Liberty, DeGraff, Knowlton, Lakeview, Rushsylvania and West Mansfield.
Ron Brohm is a regular contributor to this newspaper.