Area company gives back during holidays

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Team Johnson is working to make the Christmas season brighter for area families in multiple ways. Owner, Brandon Johnson, a Swanton native, said he likes to “do something special” for Christmas each year.

This year’s main event, called the 2nd Annual Holiday Giveback, is giving gifts to the 70 children at Family House in Toledo. Family House is a non-profit organization that provides homeless families in crisis with professional, comprehensive housing and social services in a safe, caring environment.

Team Johnson and its partners will be handing out presents to the children on Wednesday, according to Johnson. The company is also bringing all of its limousines. The kids will get to ride around in the limos and look at Christmas lights.

The company is also involved with a benefit for Greg Reed, a Swanton man who suffered a spinal injury while working on his garage in September. Sheets of plywood fell on Reed, causing the injury.

Johnson hopes to raise enough money to get Christmas gifts for Reed’s three children, buy him a new vehicle and install a ramp at his home.

A benefit is being held for Reed on Saturday at the Swanton Sports Center from 2-8 p.m. There will be a spaghetti dinner, raffles and live music.

Contact Joyce Yates at 419-303-3064 or Courtney Steiner at 419-377-8796 for more information. There is also a GoFundMe account at

Johnson also supported a fundraiser to help three-year-old Trinity Futch, who has cerebral palsy, become more independent. Her parents are hoping to fund a surgery called selective dorsal rhizotomy, which is not covered by insurance.

Donations can be made at any Huntington Bank location or online at

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