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Published 7/8/2005

Owens Student Rotaract Club and Lowe's Home Improvement Help Guatemalan Farmers With Yard Tool Collection Drive, July 16

Owens Community College's Rotaract Club and Lowe's Home Improvement are reaching out to farmers in poverty-stricken areas of Guatemala by holding a yard tool collection drive on Saturday, July 16. Collected items will benefit Guatemalan farmers who are in desperate need of farming equipment to replace the currently used crude instruments.

Beginning at 10 a.m., the Owens Rotaract Club will be accepting donations of various new or used gardening and yard tools at all Lowe's Home Improvement warehouse locations throughout the Toledo area. Charitable items include new or used shovels, rakes, hoses, sledge hammers, picks, wheel barrows, sprinklers, trimmers, gloves, spades, saws, axes, cultivators, pitchforks, and shears, among other donations. The collection drive will conclude at 4 p.m.

Area residents can drop off their charitable items at the Lowe's Home Improvement warehouses located in Toledo (1136 W. Alexis Road), (5501 Airport Highway) and (7010 W. Central Avenue), and in Perrysburg (10295 Fremont Pike).

"Owens Community College's Rotaract Club is excited to not only make a difference in the lives of others locally, but also to expand our efforts and help individuals worldwide," said Daniel Reyes-Cairo, Owens Rotaract Club event coordinator. "We are honored to bring aid to the Guatemalan farmers and their families."

Reyes-Cairo added, "For many farmers in remote areas of Guatemala money to buy farm equipment doesn't come easy. Collecting the gardening and yard tools will really have a significant impact on their lives."

In conjunction with the yard tool collection drive, Lowe's will provide a special promotion for those individuals contributing to the event. The one-day promotion will be available at each of the participating Lowe's locations.

The recently established Owens Rotaract Club is a Rotary-sponsored international organization with a primary focus of providing community and international service. Sponsored by the Rotary Club of Perrysburg, the Owens Rotaract Club is comprised of young men and women who are dedicated to local volunteer work, as well as traveling abroad to aid impoverished nations.

Rotary International is a worldwide organization of business and professional leaders that provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and help build goodwill and peace in the world. Founded in 1905, the Rotary Club was the first service-oriented club in the world. Today, approximately 1.2 million Rotarians belong to more than 31,000 Rotary clubs located in 167 countries. Rotary International also awards scholarships and offers a wide range of humanitarian grants and educational programs that enable Rotarians to bring hope and promote international understanding throughout the world.

Lowe's has been improving home improvement for more than 59 years. Additionally, Lowe's founded the Lowe's Charitable and Educational Foundation (LCEF) in 1957 and has a long and proud history of contributing to community projects. LCEF awards more than $3 million annually to diverse organizations and schools nationwide where the company operates stores and distribution centers.

For more information about the yard tool collection drive, call (567) 661-2526 or 1-800-GO-OWENS, Ext. 2526.

Owens Community College is one of the fastest-growing higher educational institutions in Ohio. On the Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses, Owens serves more than 45,000 credit and non-credit students, making it the number one choice for new college students. Owens is committed to providing small classes, personal attention and unmatched affordability. Owens Community College offers over 130 program areas in Agriculture, Business, Fine and Performing Arts, Health, Public Service, Skilled Trades, and Industrial and Engineering Technologies. Owens students also can earn the first two years of a bachelor's degree with a smooth transfer to any area four-year college or university.


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