Continuing tradition of giving this holiday

Posted Dec. 12, 2018 by

"No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another." ~Charles Dickens.

This holiday season, OCSEA members continue to lighten the load for members of their communities by giving back in so many ways. If you know of an OCSEA member who is going the extra mile this season, or even giving back in the simplest of ways, tell us about them. Tell your Labor Gives Back story at or post photos and details and @ tag members in the comments of this post on our Facebook page.

Youth facility members take care of our troops

Circleville Youth Services Chapter 6555 joined forces with DYS management and exempt staff to support two OCSEA members who are serving their country overseas and are deployed and away from their families this holiday season.

Last week, the charitable team gathered the final items for care packages that were sent to the two union members on Friday. Items included snacks, toiletries, games and other ways to help the troops stay busy during their time overseas. Juvenile Correction Officers Frankie Lowder and Ma'Tasha Favers have been on active duty in Kuwait since June and do not know when they will be home to their families.

A well-deserved thank you also goes out to all OCSEA members who gave to the cause, including OCSEA staff and the MH/MRDD/OVH Assembly for assisting with costs associated with mailing the care packages. See photos here.

Richland Correctional provides meals for community

Richland Correctional Chapter 7021, led by President Robert Larrick, made Thanksgiving a little brighter for families in the Mansfield and New London areas this year. The chapter donated turkeys and hams to the Salvation Army of Mansfield and to the New London Alliance Church Thanksgiving Ministry.

"Your contribution allowed The Salvation Army to follow His example by ministering to those in need through food boxes and hot meals," Mansfield Salvation Army Captains wrote to the chapter, thanking them for their donation of 22 turkeys and eight hams. The New London Alliance Church said the chapter's donation helped 12 local families to prepare meals in their homes. See photos here.