Kim Hone-McMahan

Again, I am blown away by your generosity. A month ago, I wrote that the Salvation Army of Summit County needed eggs, sugar, milk and coffee. And you responded in a way thatís nothing short of miraculous.

Brent Valentine, head of food services for the Salvation Army, said folks donated 425 dozen eggs, 175 gallons of milk and 1,600 pounds of sugar.

And the coffee? You gave 800 pounds.

Many of us take a morning cup of coffee for granted, but for the homeless and those who are financially struggling in our community, itís a luxury.

ďCoffee is one commodity that the hungry people in our community simply cannot afford,Ē said Jeanette Brown, Salvation Army spokeswoman.

After interviewing Valentine, I walked to my car, in front of the building on Maple Street. A woman pulled up beside me and said she was delivering two bags of sugar ó a month after she read about the need.

You folks just keep on giving.

Because the Salvation Army couldnít use all of the eggs before the expiration date, 300 dozen were given to the Haven of Rest Ministries, a Christian social service agency in Akron that provides food, shelter, clothing and other services to the homeless.

In 2014, Valentine, who is a heck of a cook, said more than 49,000 meals were prepared at the Summit County Salvation Army for those in need. On an average day, he prepares as many as 175 plates. And itís not just soup and bread. The hot meals program serves things like pasta, fried chicken and barbecue brisket sandwiches.

Back to the donations. Valentine said he wasnít able to do his job shortly after the column ran because he was so busy answering the door and accepting the kind contributions.

Thatís a good problem. Thanks everyone for helping.

Anniversary show

The International Salvation Army is celebrating its 150th anniversary, while the Summit County organization will be marking its 130th. To commemorate those milestones, the local SA is presenting Booth: The Birth of the Army Committed to Compassion, a performance starring Actorsí Summit Artistic Director Neil Thackaberry as founder William Booth.

The one-man play benefits the H.U.G.S. for the Homeless program, which provides hats, underwear, gloves and socks for those in need.

The play is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. May 14 at Greystone Hall & Theatre, 103 S. High St., Akron. Sponsorships and patron tickets are now on sale at the Salvation Army and downloadable order forms will be available at http://oh.salvationarmy.org/Akron-Summit/boothplay.

For more information on the play, sponsorships or tickets, contact Marian Calvin at 330-434-7110 or via email at marian.calvin@use.salvationarmy.org.

Call for nominations

The Love Akron Network, a coalition of clergy and Christian leaders in both the public and private sectors, is planning its fourth annual awards event. The breakfast will be held at 7 a.m. Sept. 29 at the John S. Knight Center in downtown Akron.

The event is held to recognize the leadership, deep faith and community contributions of the late Judge Brenda Burnham Unruh. An award in her honor will be given to an individual who exemplifies Christian values and service to the community.

The morning will also acknowledge the collaborative leadership of the Rev. Dr. Ronald J. Fowler and the Rev. Knute Larson, co-founders of The Love Akron Network, by presenting the Fowler-Larson Allies Award to two people who have jointly demonstrated an effort to build bridges between individuals or institutions of diverse color, culture or congregational tradition.

The Love Akron Network is seeking nominations for both awards. Criteria and nomination forms are available at http://thebreakfast.loveakron.org. Nominations will be accepted until 5 p.m. May 31.

Kim Hone-McMahan can be reached at 330-996-3742 or kmcmahan@thebeaconjournal.com. Find her on Facebook at www.facebook.com/kim.honemcmahan1.