I met a “Secret Angel” this week who wants to help the working poor in meaningful ways this holiday season.
Obviously, he can’t help everyone. His wallet is not nearly as big as his heart.
Even so, he’s serious about helping that segment of society who often fall through the cracks, who when bad luck happens find themselves without a safety net. He contacted me with an idea he hopes will resonate.
He wants to hear from you — through me, as he wishes to remain anonymous — with your stories of real, verifiable need.
If you have a proven and lengthy work history and through no fault of your own have fallen on hard times and need some monetary help to, for example, replace a washing machine or a refrigerator that no longer works, or get your car road-worthy to get to work, or some other urgent need, drop me a couple of paragraphs as soon as possible. Include your work history, age, your contact information (phone, address). Together the Secret Angel and I will choose the most compelling stories.
Write me at: Secret Angel, c/o Jewell Cardwell, Akron Beacon Journal, 44 E. Exchange St., Akron, OH 44308; or email me at email@example.com. Don’t call me, I’ll call you. Make your case and keep the correspondence brief. We look forward to hearing from you.
Dictionaries for students
Many thanks to the Cuyahoga Falls Lions Club for updating me with this bulletin:
“The Cuyahoga Falls Lions Club is again participating in ‘The Dictionary Project’ for all the elementary schools in Cuyahoga Falls. King Lion Bill and Lion Kathy Skinner presented the 37 third-graders at St. Joseph’s Catholic School with their very own Webster’s dictionaries on Monday, Nov. 25. Over the past two weeks they also presented dictionaries to the third-graders at Summit Christian School (16), Redeemer Christian School (22), Immaculate Heart of Mary (38), Islamic Community Center (7), the Cuyahoga Falls School System (347) and the Woodridge School System (168). For this year, the sixth-graders at Woodridge Middle School (168) also received Webster’s dictionaries. The teachers of each classroom were also given dictionaries …
“The Cuyahoga Falls Lions Club intends to continue this project at the start of each school year for all third-graders. Each book has a place for the student to write his or her name, and includes a free bookmark about the club. These dictionaries are the students’ to keep as their own personal possessions. In total, the Club is providing over 850 dictionaries to the public and private elementary schools this year.”
Last year, the club received thank-you notes from several of the schools, handwritten by the students. “Most of the notes were in crayon, which was so sweet,” Skinner said. For more information, visit www.cuyahogafallslionsclub.org.
Dealership gives back
“The Spirit of Giving Day” will be observed 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday at Downtown Ford and Lincoln dealership, 1423 Tuscarawas St. W, Canton, with proceeds going to these Stark County agencies: A Community Christmas, Salvation Army, Stark County Hunger Task Force and Toys for Tots.
“Ten area radio stations — 1480 WHBC, Mix 94.1, 95.9 The Light, K105, MY101.7, Rock 106.9, WKDD, WONE and 92.5 WDJQ — will set aside their differences and individual agendas for the common goal of inviting their listeners to the dealership to donate toys, clothes, nonperishable food items and monetary donations,” wrote spokeswoman Kelly Simonis.
The stations will broadcast from the dealership from 6 to 10 a.m. Donations will be taken until 1 p.m. A drive-thru donor area is being set up and the dealership will distribute $2-off oil change coupons.
St. Jude fundraiser
Belated, major kudos to students in the Revere School District who hosted the annual “St. Jude Give thanks. Walk” fundraiser the Saturday before Thanksgiving at Great Northern Mall.
“One of our local patients, Carson Higgins, is in fourth grade at Bath Elementary in the Revere School District. His life was saved at St. Jude,” wrote Morgan Huhn, a hospital spokesperson. “The PTA and the school district’s Kids 4 Kids program had put together a change collection fundraiser to raise money for the walk, and to support other kids like Carson.”
The two schools — Bath and Hillcrest — rallied their students and families in various campaigns, including money from personal piggy banks, raising nearly $6,500 in just three days for St. Jude.
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tenn., treats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. No family ever pays St. Jude for the care their child receives. St. Jude was founded by the late comedian/entertainer Danny Thomas who believed that “no child should die in the dawn of life.”
Celebration with Santa
Zane’s Foundation is inviting children and adults with special needs and their families to spend time with Santa and a couple of his elves at a community party 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday at Christ Community Chapel, 750 W. Streetsboro Road, state Route 303, Hudson. It’s free, but an RSVP by Friday is a must; please call 330-677-ZANE or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Get your photo taken, do a craft or two and enjoy a snack,” said Stacy Youssef, president of Zane’s Foundation.
Warm clothing drive
Students, staff and clients of the Medina County Board of Developmental Disabilities are collecting new or gently worn hats, gloves, scarves and mittens through Dec. 11, to place on the “Giving Trees” located in the entryways of the Medina Achievement Center and distribute to Medina County families in need.
The Medina Achievement Center is located at 4691 Windfall Road, Medina.
“Over the past seven years, the MCBDD has collected over 3,000 items that have been donated to local agencies such as the Medina Community Services Center, residents of the Medina County Home and the Battered Women’s Shelter, Salvation Army Medina and Wadsworth and the Rape Crisis Center of Summit & Medina Counties,” wrote Patti Hetkey, public relations coordinator.
Jewell Cardwell can be reached at 330-996-3567 or email@example.com.