In 1992 a team building event at Marathon led to an annual event that clothes hundreds of children each year. A decision was made to “adopt” Open Arms and Hope House and with donations took 25 very needy children shopping for new clothes in the first Clothe-a-Child event. This program has expanded to include all the elementary schools in the Findlay This number has grown throughout the years and in 2014 over 400 kids were taken to JC Penny’s and Kohl’s to receive clothes, coats and shoes. The children are then taken to McDonalds on Tiffin who feeds them breakfast for free and then its on to see Santa. This wonderful program is funded 100% by personal and corporate donations and 100% is spent on the children. There are hundreds of volunteers involved and no one is paid for their time or services. Fund raising events includes raffles for close parking spaces to Marathon, wine tasting, garage sales and lemonade stands and some proceeds from the Marathon Golf Classic. The children in the schools have become involved in fund raising also and have raised hundreds of dollars. It takes about $50,000 to properly clothe the children and the need and number of children is growing at a rapid pace. If you are interested in being involved or donating contact Clothe-a-child at PO Box 1202, Findlay 45839. Larry and Kathy Summers are two faces behind this program. Some say they are the heartbeat of Clothe-a-Child. Larry is president of the board and Kathy serves on the board. Larry retired from MPC after 38 years and Kathy is a retired school teacher. Their motto is “Keeping the holiday spirit year round” and their parents are credited with giving them a strong sense of giving to others.