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Retirement Village donations to generate even more funds

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Food and other household goods are usually the Dublin Food Pantry's bailiwick.

But the Dublin nonprofit recently received two American Girl dolls and a tea set from the Dublin Retirement Village.

"Our corporate office asked us to have an offer while leasing apartments," said Suzanne Fonow, community relations consultant for Dublin Retirement Village.

The retirement community let new residents choose where they wanted the American Girl dolls donated -- the Dublin Food Pantry or Nationwide Children's Hospital.

"We gave the Dublin Food Pantry two dolls and a tea set," Fonow said. "One doll and a set of books went to Nationwide Children's Hospital."

The Dublin Food Pantry isn't used to giving away toys, so Executive Director Nancy Johnson said the dolls will be used as raffle items at the April 13 Muirfield Civic Association's "Puttin' on the Ritz" fundraiser that benefits the food bank.

"I told the committee and they were thrilled. This is perfect. We have so many children," Johnson said. "It would be hard to pick one (to receive the doll)."

The Dublin Retirement Village often partners with the Dublin Food Pantry on projects. Fonow said residents of the village have done food drives, donated money and volunteered at the Dublin Food Pantry.

Johnson said she's found the volunteers from the Dublin Retirement Village to be tireless. After coming in to fill birthday bags the food pantry gives out, Johnson said they were begging for more work after an hour.

"They come over and they work," she said. "They don't sit around and chit-chat. They're great and they're fast."

The Dublin Retirement Village does chores such as cleaning and cooking for its residents, Fonow said, so residents are often happy to volunteer.

"They'll do anything: big, small, interesting, boring," Johnson said.

"It's a good relationship," Fonow agreed.

Seniors helping out at the Dublin Food Pantry is appropriate as need for that age group grows.

The Dublin Food Pantry provided 2,834 people with food last year, Johnson said.

While the number of people who visit the Dublin Food Pantry continues to grow, an area of increase is senior citizens, she said.

"We have been able to keep up with it because the community is so good," Johnson said. "It's a great, generous community."

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