Christmas came early this year for 42 local organizations as the Reeves Foundation awarded $1,070,000 in grants for 2018, including $50,000 for the Newcomerstown Public Library.

The money awarded to the Newcomerstown Public Library will go towards expenses for a newly paved parking lot, conduit repairs and lighting for signage.

Founded 52 years ago by businessman Sam Reeves, Jr. with funding in part from his two sisters, the Foundation continues the Reeves family commitment to give back to the community it loved.

This year's grants bring the total awarded by the Foundation since inception to $35,800,000.

This year's grants also included:

* Claymont City Schools (playground equipment), Dennison, $25,000

* Trumpet in the Land (lighting processor), New Philadelphia, $6,000

* Village of Zoar (radar speed sign), Zoar, $5,344

* Fairfield Township (Physio LIFE Pak 15 w/accessories), Mineral City, $37,870

* Village of Sugarcreek Police Department (body worn camera), Sugarcreek, $10,003

* Tuscarawas City Sheriff's Department (EVC100TR evidence collection vehicle), New Philadelphia, $25,000

* Village of Baltic (pipeline inspection camera system), Baltic, $8,900

* Village of Midvale (Generac stand-by generator), Midvale, $34,594

* Society for Equal Access (transportation van), New Philadelphia, $7,921.54

* Tuscarawas Central Catholic Jr/Sr High Schools (security upgrade), New Philadelphia, $27,987.02

* Strasburg Franklin Schools (Project Lead The Way), Strasburg, $5,000

* Indian Valley Schools (transportation van), Gnadenhutten, $10,000

* Moravian Music Foundation (card catalog conversion), Winston-Salem, N.C., $10,000

* Horizons, Inc. (two transportation vans), Dover, $17,609

* Dover Public Library (two handicapped door operators), Dover, $10,825

* Dress-A-Child (clothing vouchers), Dover, $1,000

* Camp Tuscazoar Foundation, Inc. (replace roof Keppler Lodge), Zoarville, $15,000

* Mobile Meals of Dover-New Phila, Inc. (Sacks/Styro containers/software license fees), Dover, $10,000

* Twin City Christian Service Center (upgrade electrical system), Dennison, $6,200

* Dover City Schools (installation of new all-weather track) $185,000

* Lawrence Township (Hustler 37 HP commercial grade mower), Bolivar, $6,145

* Buckeye Career Center (Project Lead The Way), New Philadelphia, $5,000

* New Philadelphia City Schools (Project Lead The Way), New Philadelphia, $5,000

* Tuscarawas Valley Local Schools (Project Lead The Way), Zoarville, $5,000

* Claymont City Schools (Project Lead The Way), Dennison, $5,000

* Warren Township Trustees (heating/air conditioning at Community Center), Mineral City, $21,345

* Village of Dennison (firefighter turnout gear), Dennison, $11,214

* Tuscarawas Philharmonic (laptop/elec keyboard/sound equip/music stands/lights), New Philadelphia, $6,194

* Journey's End Ministries (roof repair), Newcomerstown, $19,645

* Village of Baltic (pipe/lie locator), Baltic, $2,995

* RTY, Inc. (carousel organ renovation), New Philadelphia, $12,000

* Village of Roswell (sidewalk repair at Community Center), New Philadelphia, $4,880

* Tuscarawas County Public Library System (renovation and xxpansion of main library), New Philadelphia, $100,000

* Sherrodsville Volunteer Fire Department, Inc., (purchase brush truck), Sherrodsville, $40,000

* Dover Church of Christ (Food For Backpack Program), Dover, $2,000

* Arrowhead Join Fire District (rescue boat and trailer), Gnadenhutten, $12,761

* Lawrence Township Joint Recreation District (improvements to commons pool), Bolivar, $44,648

* Dover Historical Society (property maintenance and repair), Dover, $60,000

* Tuscarawas County Council for Church and Community (operating and emergency funds), New Philadelphia, $55,000

* Community Hospice (remodeling), New Philadelphia, $20,704

* Tuscarawas County University Foundation of KSU (educational equipment), New Philadelphia, $121,894.44

Local nonprofits that address the needs of the community are encouraged to contact the Foundation at its Dover office for grant application information by email at office@reevesfound.org or by calling 330-364-4660. Requests of all sizes are considered but organizations must be 501-c certified.

The Foundation board meets bi-monthly to consider grant requests. And in addition to its normal activities this year Trustees of the Foundation were pleased to bring on Heidi Ross and Susan Klann to help manage the Foundation affairs.