Toys needed for Christmas season
The Salvation Army, 270 Franklin St. SE, Warren, is working to help children and families is need this Christmas season through its Angel Tree program.
More toys are needed to help an additional 200 children, age 0-12, registered through the program.
Items that are needed include footballs, Barbie dolls, basketballs, board games, hairbrush sets, arts and craft sets and sleds.
Persons who want to adopt a specific child may visit the Salvation Army or call 330-392-1573 for information.
“Giving a gift adds a smile to a child’s face which in turn can warm our own hearts,” said Capt. Charles Coffelt of The Salvation Army.
A special-needs session with Santa
Children with special needs and their families are invited to a private photo session with Santa Claus.
The session will be in an environment set up to support the sensory, physical and other developmental needs of children with all abilities.
The session will be Sunday from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Eastwood Mall.
The Autism Society of Ohio, Mahoning Valley office, and the Eastwood Mall have joined to provide the event during private mall hours so as to provide a calmer sensory-friendly environment.
Families are urged to preregister at firstname.lastname@example.org. For information, call Aundr a Cika at 330-501-7553.
United We Dine includes raffle
The United Way of Youngstown and the Mahoning Valley is having a United We Dine event Monday at Inner Circle Pizza, 6579 Ironwood Blvd., from 5 to 8 p.m.
The evening will feature a chance auction including a variety of holiday gift items. There will also be a raffle for a puppy donated by Harbor Pet Center and a 50/50 drawing. All proceeds benefit the United Way.
For information, call 330-746-8494.
St. Joseph’s offers run the robot event
St. Joseph Health Center, in cooperation with Intuitive Surgical, is offering the public the opportunity to “operate” using the da Vinci surgical robot Saturday at the Eastwood Mall.
The da Vinci surgical system will be on display in the center court of the mall from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Representatives from Intuitive Surgical and physicians from St. Joseph in Warren, who use the robot to perform minimally invasive procedures in place of more traditional open surgeries, will be available to answer questions and guide those interested through a hands-on experience using the robot.
They will be able to explore robot-assisted surgery from the surgeon’s perspective – sitting at the surgeon’s console, viewing the surgical field from a superior 3-D vantage point, and using the robot to control surgical instruments.
Northeast Ohio Adoption Services, 5000 E. Market St., Suite 26, is offering an informal information session Jan. 8 for Trumbull County area adult couples or singles who are considering adoption or giving foster care to a school-age child. People can stop at the office between 5 and 7 p.m. to get literature, ask questions and talk to a permanency planning specialist to learn more about Ohio children and teens who need good families.
For information, call 800-686-6627, ext. 123.