Coloring books to be sent to refugee children

More than 1,500 hand-colored messages of hope for Ukrainian children in refugee camps, roughly 2,200 coloring books and almost 300 boxes of colored pencils are ready to be packed and shipped from Bucyrus to a Ukrainian refugee camp in Warsaw, Poland.

“Our Children to Your Children,” a project of the Bucyrus Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary, has involved students from every school district in the county.

“We could have done just Bucyrus, but we thought no, let’s go countywide and get everyone,” said Pam Holtshouse, a member of the women’s auxiliary. “There’s not a school system that turned me down; everyone said yes.”

“I think one of the things that we’re excited about,” said Major Debbra Grace, who commands the Bucyrus Salvation Army with her husband, Tom. “This brought some unity at a time when there’s so much dissention – politically, COVID, all that stuff. And this is something that everybody felt was good, and they could get on board with.”

Pam Holtshouse, left, and Major Debbra Grace of the Bucyrus Salvation Army prepare coloring books for shipment to Ukrainian refugees.

Donations to the project have come from all across the county, too, Holtshouse said.Contributions ranged from a $ 1,000 donation from the Community Foundation for Crawford County to $ 4 handed to an auxiliary member by a friend she saw at a store.

Ohio Mutual Insurance paid to print the coloring pages and covers – designed by local artist Sandy Laipply. The Bucyrus Kiwanis and Rotary clubs each donated $ 500.

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