Local businesses launch food drive

Several local businesses are joining together for the second straight year to conduct a food drive to make the season brighter for families in need.

Jody Johnson, owner and operator of Johnson’s NextLevel Services, said he and Dominic Glover of Glover DeWeese Law, in partnership with local First Financial Bank branches, collected more than 1,000 pounds of food last year as well as more than $1,000 in cash donations for Love Chapel.

“Dominic and I decided we wanted to make this an annual event,” Johnson said Monday, the first day of the campaign, dubbed the Christmas Food Drive for Columbus.

Donations of nonperishable food and monetary donations are being collected inside First Financial branch locations in Columbus through Dec. 10, Johnson said.

And on Dec. 10, the First Financial branch at 2737 Central Ave. also will collect donations of turkeys and hams from noon to 4 p.m. All donations will go to Love Chapel’s food pantry for local families in need.