Showing off their snow men and women are, from left, Mary Lou Moody, Nancy Frey, Lisa Fuller-Grippi, Vicki Sylvester and Julie Spangler.


Staff Writer

KINGSVILLE TOWNSHIP - - Frosty and his frozen pals have rolled into town to help raise money for the Ashtabula County Board of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities' United Way campaign.

"This year, the five departments of the MR/ DD have each decorated a snowman that will be raffled off to our employees and all the money will go the United Way," said Lisa Fuller-Grippi, service support administrator for MR/ DD's Community Support Services.

Tom Rose of Rose Lumber in Conneaut donated the wood and Greg Stolfer, a shop teacher at Edgewood Senior High School, cut out the snowmen for the project, Grippi said. Each of the snowmen, or snowwomen, stand about 5 feet tall and were creatively decorated by employees of Happy Hearts School, Ash/ Craft Industries, Transportation, the MR/ DD Board Office and Community Support Services.

"Our goal this year is to raise $975,000 for the 26 local agencies we support," said Randy Jones, executive director of the United Way of Ashtabula County. "Every year, the MR/ DD does such a wonderful job of raising money for us."

"About 35 people contributed their creativity by donating supplies or helping to decorate our snowman," said Deborah Hill, Ash Craft activities coordinator. said. "We all had a great time, and the (United Way) campaign enables us to help others who are less fortunate."

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