SIMPLE GESTURES supports community during Covid-19

Feb 10, 2021 | Around Ottawa County | 0 comments

In their sixth year, the contributors of SIMPLE GESTURES completed five new distributions in a big way with over 1,700 items! Partnering with the Friends of the Ida Rupp Public Library, 610 new and gently-used books for all ages were accepted by Board Member Marlene Gulas, left.

Since Covid-19 created a pause for many programs, these books will be displayed and periodically replenished on the Free Books Cart located in front of Bistro 163. In addition, bags and boxes of 903 paper and personal hygiene products went to Rosalynn Barnhill of the Advocacy Center for Ottawa County families.

Port Clinton Rainbow Acres Daycare received a book tote and colorful kids’ jackets, while packs of Pre-K flat books were delivered to mailboxes of Bataan Primary teachers. A fifth distribution of themed books and items was presented to a Port Clinton mom for her daughters.

“I have never been disappointed in the variety of things the SG Contributors accumulate or purchase in only a 10-day period,” said SG Organizer Kathy Jo Schweitzer, right. “It is amazing to be part of this amazing group of people from Port Clinton, Marblehead, Danbury and Oak Harbor, who are happy to help others in a quick, simple way.

“As an organizer, I sincerely thank all the women and men, who have chosen to come along with me on this journey. I appreciate all of them.”

For more information about the SIMPLE GESTURES program, contact

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