H & R Block businessman Dillian Foust looks through the community box. (DHI Media/Jim Langham)
H & R Block businessman Dillian Foust looks through the community box. (DHI Media/Jim Langham)

VAN WERT – Dillan Foust, manager of H & R Block on Fox Road, has been overwhelmed by the way the Van Wert community has responded to his business’s effort at sponsoring a community box for those with need in the local area.

The box continues to fill with canned goods and clothing as community residents drop off goods for those with need and, people who need certain items can check out the box for potential goods they can use.

“Before the tax season, my boss, the owner of the company, challenged us to do something to give back to the community,” said Foust. “I called a meeting and talked to the employees here. They were all for it.

“When people stop in to the business, we point out that we are collecting food, toiletries and clothing, among other things,” said Foust. “If clients come in and need something, things in the box are free for the taking.”

Foust said that anything that is left over at the end of the year will be donated to either the Salvation Army, YWCA, Crisis Care or Women’s Shelter.

“The thing we want people to realize is that this is for the community as well as our clients. Residents don’t have to be a customer or client in order to take advantage of this," said Fous. "It is meant for the entire community. We have already had people come in during real cold weather and find a coat or shoes that fit them. This is what the box is all about."

“Anyone can donate, it need not be regular customers," continued Foust. "This box is not just for our business. It is for the use of our entire community. This is not meant to increase our business; we want it to be a way of saying, 'thank you’ for the people of Van Wert for all that they do in reaching out to each other.”

Foust said that the project has done much better than expected, especially for the first year of doing it.

“People use it when they need it,” Foust explained. “There are times when everyone has a bad week; things come up for their children or family members and they don’t have the money to purchase it. Things here go to anyone from the community that need them."

“This is a good way to start getting people to help each other,” added Foust.