Applications, donations sought for WCCOA holiday initiative

Press Staff Writer

        The role of Grandma and Grandpa is different for every grandparent.
        While some grandparents may see their grandchildren on a limited basis, others see them more frequently, and many are now raising their grandchildren. Raising grandchildren later in life often brings unique challenges. The role of raising children may be familiar, yet for many can be an entirely unique and difficult experience.
        As the holiday season approaches, children naturally look forward to getting presents. For some grandparents, this could be a stressful time, as money may be tight.
        This holiday season, the Wood County Committee on Aging, Inc. (WCCOA) is holding its 10th annual Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Holiday Outreach Project, partnering with Wood County Job and Family Services and Bowling Green Kiwanis. This project is intended to provide aid to grandparents living in Wood County who have custody and are raising their grandchildren.
        A completed application must be submitted to determine eligibility. One application per household with grandchildren ages 0-17 will be considered annually. The deadline for applications is Friday, Dec. 1. Applications may be returned to any of the Wood County senior centers, including the Northeast Area Senior Center, 705 N. Main St., Walbridge; the Pemberville Area Senior Center, 220 Cedar St. and the Wood County Senior Center, 140 S. Grove St., Bowling Green.
        For questions or to receive an application, contact the WCCOA Programs Department at 419-353-5661 or toll-free at 800-367-4935. The application is also available online at
        Note: Holiday Outreach Project funds raised through the Senior Centers in Wood County will be used by WCCOA to purchase gifts for the eligible children. All gifts will be purchased, wrapped and delivered to the families prior to the holidays. Anyone who would like to purchase a gift for a child or make a monetary donation to the Holiday Outreach Project may contact WCCOA for more information.
        For information on other WCOOA programs and services, visit


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