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      Slow donations may freeze non-profit during winter months

      <font size="2">Gas and electric bills average over $1,000 this time of year, causing an urgent need for donations to prevent operations from freezing.</font>

      It is still the season of giving, and a local non-profit group is hoping you??ll help them stay open beyond the holidays.

      ??If you want to drink it??s your business, if you want to stop that??s our business,?? reads the mission statement of Toledo??s Idle Time Club.

      Officials with the group, which provides assistance to recovering alcoholics, say operating costs soar during the winter months. Gas and electric bills average over $1,000 this time of year, causing an urgent need for donations to prevent operations from freezing.

      ??In the colder months it??s a better time to ask (for donations) because it??s when we??re desperately in need,?? said Roy Adams, Executive Director of the Idle Time Club. ??We rely on the people in the community to help us out and that??s the way we??ve been able to operate successfully for 40 years.??

      The group annually hosts Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year??s dinners for members. The clubhouse at 2044 Genesee St. serves as a recovery center, with regular meetings being held seven days a week. Adams, who credits the group for his recovery during the ??80s, says keeping the doors open past January 1 will require more donations.

      Contact the Idle Time Club at 419-691-8882 if you would like to donate.