VAN WERT — Local United Way 2021 Day of Caring events are under way! On Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 18 and 19, the “Stuff the Truck” event will be held at the Van Wert Walmart from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Saturday and 12 - 4 p.m. Sunday. New this year will be a “Fill a Truck” event at Chief Supermarket on Wednesday, Sept. 22 from 2 - 6 p.m.

At both events, people can purchase one or all of these “needed” food items: canned meat, canned fruits or vegetables, cereal, peanut butter, jelly, boxed meals, mac n’ cheese and pasta and sauce (no glass jars please) to donate.

This year the Vantage Career Center Criminal Justice and Early Childhood Education programs will have students there volunteering their time to help this cause. The volunteers will sort and load the truck and then deliver the food to the pantries.

The annual Day of Caring Blood Drive will be held at Trinity Friends Family Living Center from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 24, 2021. Last year, the American Red Cross set the goal of 75 units of blood to be collected. Van Wert area community members did better than that, and donated 98 units of blood, potentially helping 288 patients. Red Cross is partnering with Vantage Career Center again with help from their Sports Exercise Therapy program students, and a goal of 152 units of blood. Please call 1-800-733-2767 or visit to schedule an appointment to give blood.

Anyone interested in volunteering can call the United Way office at 419-238-6689. #DoGood #LiveGood