Back-to-school drive, Willis style

Photo by Laurie Hamame | Oberlin News-Tribune

The late Jaquita Willis’ life was devoted to service. Her 71st birthday was celebrated Monday with the kick-off of a back-to-school drive at Oberlin Community Services. As a board member and volunteer at OCS, Willis initiated the drive as a way to raise school supplies for low-income families, and executive director Cynthia Andrews felt continuing the donation-based event would be the best way to honor her memory.

A cake with her favorite whipped frosting was cut by her daughter Geneva Willis. Friends, family, and acquaintances attended the little birthday party to share memories. “She was a real special person who loved the kids of Oberlin. Her sudden death was a shock. I keep waiting on the phone to ring,” said her friend, Connie Ponder.

Supplies can be donated through Friday Aug. 18 at nine sites, including Oberlin IGA, Peace Community Church, Oberlin Business Partnership, and OCS. Attend a block party from 2-4 p.m. on Aug. 18 to pick up supplies.

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