People Helping People is a list of charitable causes in our area that need donations or volunteers. The Beacon Journal has not investigated these causes, so donors should verify their worthiness and the tax-deductibility of contributions.

A link to a form for submitting requests to People Helping People can be found at, along with tips on researching charities and a list of causes already published.

Questions about submitting information? Call Mary Beth Breckenridge, 330-996-3756.

The Women’s Board of Catholic Charities Community Services of Summit County is collecting items until Dec. 13 for its Christmas Bags of Love for families in need.

The board needs household and personal items, such as laundry detergent, soap, dish detergent, toothpaste, toothbrushes, dental floss, shampoo, hair conditioner, paper products and diapers. Items may be dropped off at the Catholic Charities Community Services office, 812 Biruta St., Akron.

Monetary donations also are welcome. Checks should be made payable to Women’s Board of CCCS/SC and mailed to: Anne MacWherter, 34 Lake Forest Drive, Hudson, OH 44236.

For more information, call Kelly Kaufman at 330-762-2961.

Sarah’s House Inc., 414 Pine St., Akron, provides supportive services to families and children with an emphasis on educational and familial relationships. It is seeking the following:

•?Donations of gently worn or new coats for its winter coat giveaway Dec. 21. Children’s coats, gloves and hats are needed urgently.

•?Monetary donations.

•?Volunteers to help with its community Christmas dinner Dec. 21.

For more information, leave a message at 330-535-7272 or send an email to The organization’s website is

Helping Hands of Summit County Inc., P.O. Box 26601, Akron, OH 44319, helps children and families in need year round.

It is seeking monetary donations and donations of grocery and department store gift cards to provide holiday meals, gifts and Christmas trees. Holiday donations can be mailed and will be accepted until Dec. 23.

In addition, the organization needs a pickup truck and a storage site.

For more information, call 330-773-7731 or visit