ASHTABULA — As winter approaches, Ashtabula County Medical Center's registered nurses have stepped up to help a local non-profit organization with its heating bills.
The nurses donated $1,000 on Friday to G.O. Community Development Corporation so it may continue serving those in need at Station Avenue (the former Thurgood Marshall Elementary School).
"We really appreciate it; it's needed," said Drew Thomas, president of G.O. CDC. "Our biggest need is when the boiler runs in the winter. It costs about $3,000 a month to heat this place."
G.O. CDC has been a non-profit organization since 1999.
They run a soup kitchen, a recreation center and gym, a clothing bank, shoe closet and other outreach activities. They work with Birthcare, Helping Independent Parents (HIP), NarAnon and other groups.
"We also have an annual free Thanksgiving dinner, a Christmas party where we give out free toys and gifts to 400 kids, plus food giveaways at various times throughout the year," Thomas said. "In August, we had a back-to-school giveaway. We gave away backpacks filled with school supplies."
The most recent addition is a Shoe Closet — an idea that came to fruition, thanks to G.O. CDC Director Frances Norman.
ACMC registered nurses Kim Evans, Joe Chike and Sheenna Hines were surprised at the number of new shoes, of all styles and sizes, in the Shoe Closet. The "closet" is not a closet, but rather, a large former classroom.
"Wow!" said Evans. "I like the leopard print ones over there!"
Thomas said those will go fast.
"We provide shoes to anyone in need," Norman said. "October 18 and 19 we will be giving away new boots, coats, mittens, gloves and blankets from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. to anyone in need."
G.O. CDC is the result of the research, planning and coordination of John and the late Mae Salters and the Salters family. The Salters' vision is to provide a family center committed to providing food, clothing and help for the community.