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110 children attend annual ROY Christmas party

By Norwalk Reflector Staff • Dec 13, 2017 at 4:02 PM

Reach Our Youth (ROY) — the big brother/sister-type program of Huron County — held its 37th annual Christmas party Saturday at the VFW in Norwalk.

About 110 local children and volunteers attended this gala event.

Judge Timothy Cardwell, of Huron County probate and juvenile courts, and ROY Executive Director Sarah Simmons welcomed the crowd along with master of ceremonies Phil Charville. Highlights included a luncheon served by the staff of juvenile court, entertainment by magical entertainer Greg Carson and his rabbit Trixie.

ROY is a one-to-one mentoring program for youth and is funded largely through the Huron County Juvenile Court. It also receives funding from the Willard and Norwalk Area United Funds. ROY matches volunteer mentors with children in our community who are eager to connect with adults who are willing to listen and be there for them. Volunteers make a six-month commitment to spend two hours, three to four times a month with a child. Mentors assist the children by teaching them skills, values and setting goals.

“ROY currently has 35 matches of volunteers with youth and 85 additional children waiting for volunteer mentors. The program needs mentors,” Simmons said.

For additional information, call 419-663-2525 or stop at the office located on the first floor of the Huron County Courthouse.

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