Latino groups report holiday celebrations, activities
By La Prensa Staff
The last six weeks of 2018 promises to be a festive season for
Latino families and organizations across Northwest Ohio,
starting with the annual post-Thanksgiving Ohio
State-Michigan football fundraiser at the Latins United
meeting hall, 706 S. St. Clair St., Toledo.
The Spanish American Organization (SAO) and
Latins United are joining forces for a covered dish
buffet, cash bar, prize and cash raffles to raise scholarship
funds for students, as well as holiday baskets.
The fun begins at noon on Saturday, Nov. 24. A 50-50
raffle will be drawn at halftime of the Buckeyes-Wolverines
The organizations are seeking nonperishable donations for its
annual Holiday and Christmas Basket Party to be held
Wednesday, Dec. 12, 6 p.m., at the home of Phil
Barbosa, 902 Broadway. Cash donations made out to SAO also
will be accepted. SAO will provide baskets with food, toys, and
clothes for six families in the Old South End. The annual
tradition begins with a potluck dinner and gift-wrapping party,
as friends and family gather to put together holiday baskets for
families identified by Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church.
Then party goers fan out to play Santa’s elves and visit the
unsuspecting families. Santa Claus himself has been known to
make an appearance at some of the homes over the years.
The South Toledo branch library Teen Reading Club
is holding a holiday drive to collect personal toiletry items to
be donated to the La Posada Family Emergency Shelter.
Personal care items such as shampoo, deodorant, body soap,
washing powder, toilet paper, and others will be collected at
the library branch through Saturday, Dec. 8. The Club
will deliver and present the donations to La Posada one
South Branch manager Celeste Taylor points out the name
La Posada originated from the Spanish holiday “Las
Posadas,” a nine-day celebration that represents the
difficulties Mary and Joseph, the parents of Jesus, faced in
search of a room while traveling to Bethlehem. La Posada has
provided shelter to more than 2,000 families since opening
nearly two decades ago.
Individuals and Latino families in need can give themselves the
Christmas gift of a holiday portrait on Saturday, Dec. 1,
2018, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Owens Community College
Learning Center, located within the Ohio Means Jobs
building, 1301 Monroe St., downtown Toledo. The free,
professional photography sessions will be on a first-come,
first-serve basis with walk-ins welcome. Questions can be
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