6th-Annual “Have A Heart Drive” Aims to Restock Local Pantries

Posted Dec 19th, 2016 by Helene Sheets  Category: Community Interest, Events, General Interests,


Drive runs January 9 – 20, 2017
On Monday, January 9, Sylvania Franciscan Village (SFV) kicks off its 6th annual Have a Heart Restock Drive to supply hygiene items to four local outreach centers: Bethany House, Claver House, Helping Hands of St. Louis and Sylvania Area Family Services.

Once again focused on supplying toilet tissue and hygiene items to local pantries, the SFV’s goal is to donate 2,000 rolls of toilet tissue. “After the holidays is when these organizations are most in need of these basic items,” says Ms. Sophia Lloyd, SFV Administrator. The drive runs from January 9 – 20 with distribution of items occurring on January 23.

Collection boxes will be located on the Sisters of St. Francis grounds including outside the Franciscan Center of Lourdes University, 6832 Convent Blvd., in Sylvania. Those wishing to make a donation can also contact Ms. Lloyd at 419-824-3533.

2017 Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration

Lourdes University is offering two weeks of programming and outreach activities in January in recognition of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The Sylvania Franciscan Village is partnering with Lourdes and the Sisters of St. Francis to make the 6th Annual “Have a Heart Drive” one of these outreach initiatives. For a list of all Lourdes MLK, Jr. events, visit

Sylvania Franciscan Village
Formally established in 2009, the Sylvania Franciscan Village is comprised of all the ministries of the Sisters of St. Francis, including Lourdes University. The SFV was formed to harness energies for the greater good and benefit of those who share the Franciscan mission. Visit for more information. To learn more about this and future events, contact Ashley LaRoy, Sylvania Franciscan Village Administrative Assistant, at 419-824-3515 or

Lourdes University
Rooted in the Catholic Franciscan tradition, Lourdes University is sponsored by the Sisters of St. Francis, and offers baccalaureate degrees in a variety of academic majors as well as graduate degrees in business, education, nursing, organizational leadership, social work, and theology. Community outreach programs include the Appold Planetarium, the Center for Science Education & the Environment, and Lifelong Learning. A member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics, Lourdes students can also compete in a variety of men’s and women’s sports. Named a “Best in the Midwest” college by the Princeton Review, Lourdes University is a nationally accredited, veteran and transfer-friendly institution offering a variety of student scholarships. Explore the possibilities online at or by phone at 419-885-3211.

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