Real Love Youth Ministries is taking donations now for their Helping Hands Drive for Ashtabula’s in-need and homeless population. The event will be held on Saturday, December 17 from noon to 2 p.m. in North Park (or at the First United Methodist Church on Elm Ave. in the event of inclement weather.) You can drop off hats, gloves, coats, boots, shoes, scarves, and blankets at the Ashtabula County YMCA during regular hours, or at New Hope Ministries International, 5917 West Ave., Wednesday at 7 p.m., Sunday at 10 a.m. Volunteers for the event are welcome – dress warm! For more information, contact Octavia Yates at firstname.lastname@example.org.