More news on the very successful Secret Angel project and its ripple effect.
• Our Secret Angel filed this addendum to his good deeds over the Christmas holiday: “I just got off the phone with a loving mother of three boys — ages 14, 11 and 8 — whose father died at the end of November. The boys love sports so the Silent Angel has arranged, through the generosity of the Cavs/Monsters, four tickets for her three boys and herself to attend one Cavs and one Monsters game. Her tears of joy and appreciation were very moving and emotional for me.”
• Hollie Ashworth, outreach coordinator at Safe Landing Youth Shelters, said, “On Dec. 5, Sue Rogers — a representative from the Fire House Quilters group — showed up at Safe Landing Youth Shelter with over 30 handmade quilts and two basketfuls of baby/personal hygiene items. The quilts and gifts are going to the youth at Safe Landing Youth Shelters and the young moms at the Highlands home for pregnant teens.
“The quilts are so beautiful and made with lots of love from the women at the Fire House Quilters group. Each year they made these quilts for specific populations and donate them to worthy causes. Safe Landing has been the fortunate recipient for two years. The quilts go to the young men and women who find their way to our crisis shelter for teens. Safe Landing provides emergency assistance for youth and families in crisis and conflict …
“At a time of year when families are getting together to share gifts of love, many of our youth live in families that are struggling with difficult feelings and experiences. While youth reside at our shelters, we make every effort to give them guidance and direction … Thanks to the women at the Fire House Quilters group, as well as other thoughtful community members, we are also able to give them gifts of love.”
• A 65-year-old woman has been dealing with her husband’s major health problems, including heart procedures and the rising costs of his medical bills, which she’s trying to manage now that they’re down to one income. Yet, all she was asking of the Secret Angel was to help her run a remembrance ad in the Beacon Journal as she has done since her son was murdered in January 2008.
A junior Secret Angel intercepted that poignant request and made it happen.
Children’s gets grant
The St. Baldrick’s Foundation — a volunteer-driven and donor-centered charity dedicated to raising money for childhood cancer research — awarded a grant of $49,991 to Akron Children’s Hospital, writes Jayme Owen of the foundation.
“This grant is one of 39 infrastructure grants awarded as part of the foundation’s fall grant cycle, totaling more than $2.2 million in pediatric oncology research. This grant provides resources to expand the Pediatric Brain and Spinal Cord Tumor Program and enhance research.”
Dr. Sarah Rush, director of neuro-oncology at the hospital, said the funding will help her program grow and offer more services and resources to families.
St. Baldrick’s has awarded more than $24.5 million in 2013 alone. To sponsor a St. Baldrick’s event, for which participants gather pledges and have their heads shaved in solidarity with children battling cancer, please visit www.StBaldricks.org or call 888-899-BALD.
Deputies aid families
Hats off to the Summit County Sheriff’s Office, which was exceptionally busy in December being a good neighbor. Extra activities included:
• Helping 56 families in the Adopt A Family program.
• Providing more than 100 luncheons to seniors.
• Assisting 21 children with the Shop with a Cop program.
“We are so very proud to serve Summit County by helping families in addition to serving our seniors with a luncheon that many of them enjoy with friendship and love. Our programs touch numerous lives throughout the county and we are very fortunate to be able to provide for them,” was the sentiment of Sheriff Steve Barry and the department in a holiday release.
Jewell Cardwell can be reached at 330-996-3567 or firstname.lastname@example.org.