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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 game.

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 week later.

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 emailed to:  krista_kiessling@owens.edu. 


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