WAYLAND — The Little House is in strong need of a new furnace, so the organization is putting on a fundraiser at the Wayland American Legion April 15.

Little House Treasurer Ann Schubmehl said The Little House is a safe place for boys and girls to come. It has been an important part of the Wayland Boys and Girls Scouts for decades.

“The Little House has been in existence for many many years. It’s primary purpose is to have a safe place for the meeting of the Boys and Girls Scouts. It is for all of the surrounding areas as well as Wayland. We serve Perkinsville, Wayland, Naples, Springwater, Cohocton, and Atlanta.”

“It has always been there. A group of teachers and people in the community started this long ago,” Schubmehl continued. “They put in so much effort and determination to make this work for the girls and boys. Right now it needs a new furnace.”

Schubmehl said that the board of directors came together to make this fundraiser on April 15 from noon until 4 p.m. to earn money for the new furnace.

The Wayland American Legion donated their hall to The Little House. It comes with a chicken and biscuit dinner, basket raffles, and homemade treats. Odd Combination will play live from 1 until 2:30 p.m. Adults are $10, children five to nine are $5, and children four and under are free.

“We have a long history and I am very proud of it,” Schubmehl said. “People have given so much to it over the years, and it has been a lot of hard work. I don’t think boys and girls can meet in homes anymore. I think they have to meet in a place like ours. Everyone is really dedicated to The Little House.”

Wayland American Legion Post Commander Kevin Mark said that they love to help The Little House.

“We love helping out The Little House, and have done in the past. Hopefully we will get a good turnout, and they will raise enough money to get that new furnace,” he said. “I am sure we will all help out (at the fundraiser) also.”