Mansfield unionists step it up for holidays

Posted Jan. 1, 2017 by

For the holidays, Richland-Crawford Chap. 7000 really steps up its game. Members began by donating items for a silent auction and playing Queen of Hearts to raise money for class trips for Galion City School 6th  and 8th graders. The 6th graders will be going to Mohican School of Outdoors and the 8th graders will be heading to Washington D.C.

“The children that will benefit from their generosity will be those from single family homes, in poverty, or those that do not have the means to pay for such a trip,” said Chapter President Jackie Stuckert.

Their efforts raised $1,000, but the night wasn’t over yet: OCSEA came on board with a dollar for dollar match and District 3 approved to send one 8th grader and one 6th grader on their class trip, bringing the total raised for the kids to $2,539.

“As president of Chapter 7000 I could not be more proud of the work that our members do each day for the citizens of Ohio. Not only that they also come together to raise money and resources for worthy causes like this. I thank them all for all their hard work in making the event successful,” said Stuckert. “Thank you to Theresa Click especially for bringing the cause to the members,” she added.

At the end of February chapter leadership will be invited back to a school assembly where they will meet with the children and their families who they helped.

Chapter 7000 also gave back this holiday season with warm weather gear such as hats, gloves, mittens, coats that went to Harmony House shelter in Mansfield, and serves homeless men, women, children.

In addition, OCSEA members Alan Koser, Craig Penix, Greg and April Smith, and Jackie Stuckert attended the ReHab Telethon for Catalyst during a “labor hour.” They answered phones and made calls to get donations for the United Way in Richland County.

The chapter also supports a local little league and has purchased game banners that hang around the ball field.

“Chapter 7000 not only gives monetarily and with items they make or buy, but they give with their time and most of all with their hearts,” said Stuckert.