Churches collecting toilet paper to help “wipe out poverty” Week Of 10/25/2021

Staff Writer

Eastern Region Churches United (ERCU) – a group of more than 25 churches in Oregon, Northwood, Curtice, Walbridge, East Toledo and surrounding communities, are collaborating to explore ways to better serve the most vulnerable populations in the community.
“We have learned one of the most critical needs in our community is for toilet paper,” said Karen Culler, ECRU founder. “Three years ago, we celebrated the collection of more than 6,000 rolls to meet this need,” she said. “Last year, we were unable to host a collection drive due to the rationing of supplies during the pandemic.
“This year, we are hoping to double our collection in order to restock the pantries, which are in such dire need,” she said.
All toilet paper collected will stay in the east region and will be shared with the following ministries:
• Food for Thought at St. Paul’s Episcopal and Waite High School.
• Ashland Church.
• Birmingham Food Pantry.
• Jerusalem Township Food Pantry.
• Personal Needs Pantry at First St. John Lutheran Church.
• Helping Hands of St. Louis.
• Martin Luther Lutheran Church.
• Providence Center.
• St. Mark Lutheran Church.
Toilet paper may be dropped off at any of the following churches through Thanksgiving or call any of the churches to inquire about a pickup of donations.
Those who prefer to make a monetary donation may send checks payable to any of the participating churches. Write ERCU or Wipe Out Poverty in the memo section of the check.
• Ashland Church, 2350 Starr Ave., Oregon, OH 43616.
• Calvin United Church of Christ, 1946 Bakewell, Toledo, OH 43605.
• Cedar Creek Church – Oregon, 3450 Seaman Rd., Oregon, OH 43616.
• Christ United Methodist Church, 5757 Starr Ave., Oregon, OH 43616.
• Faith United Methodist Church, 3415 Starr Ave., Oregon, OH 43616.
• First Baptist Church, 5157 Seaman Rd., Oregon, OH 43616.
• First St. John Lutheran Church, 2471 Seaman Rd., Toledo, 43605.
• Hope Community Church, 5650 Starr Ave., Oregon, OH 43616.
• Intersection Church, 1640 S. Coy Rd., Oregon, OH 43616
• Life Chapel, 30470 Lemoyne Rd., Walbridge, OH 43465.
• Memorial United Church of Christ, 1031 Starr Ave., Toledo, 43605.
• Northwood Church of God, 1838 S. Coy Rd., Northwood, 43619.
• Prince of Peace Church, 4155 Pickle Rd., Oregon, OH 43616.
• The Rock Church, 4058 Starr Ave., Oregon, OH 43616.
• St. Ignatius Church, 212 N. Stadium Rd., Oregon, OH 43616.
• Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, 1105 Elliston Rd., Martin, OH 43445.
• St. Luke Lutheran Church, 20 Yondota Rd., Curtice, OH 43412.
• St. Peter Lutheran Church, 17877 W. SR 579, Martin, OH 43445.
• St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 798 S. Coy Rd., Oregon, OH 43616.
• Unity United Methodist Church, 1910 E. Boundary, Northwood, OH 43619.
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