Ted Coburn with Bourbeuse Valley Pottery, and Eileen Wade and Lyn Havin, owners of Artzy Wallz etc., Union, will partner with local banks throughout Franklin County to raise funds this holiday season for ABiLITY programs and services.

Coburn soon will be retiring and will be pursuing a hobby of creating and teaching pottery at the Artzy Wallz studio.

He recently had the idea of creating a bowl and platter with the help of some of the young participants in the early intervention program of ABiLITY, which became a reality. The artwork was created with handprints from the children glazed on the pottery.

Beginning Friday, Nov. 17, the art pieces will be displayed in local banks throughout the holidays. Patrons can make a gift to support ABiLITY services.

A drawing will be held before Christmas for a holiday creation.

Participating banks include Bank of Sullivan, Bank of Franklin County, Citizens banks, United Bank of Union, Peoples Bank in Sullivan, First Bank in Washington, Farmers & Merchants in St. Clair, and First State Community Banks.

ABiLITY, is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization serving citizens with developmental disabilities of all ages throughout Franklin County.

The organization provides early intervention services, occupational therapy, physical therapy and speech therapy, as well as residential, respite, personal assistance and recreational programs. A behavioral support program also is available, as well as a LIFE Opportunity program and social skills classes for those diagnosed with autism.

The organization receives support of both United Way and Franklin County SB40 Resource Board.

Funds raised will go to expand and serve more needs.