Jewell Cardwell

When word went out that new or gently used appliances were needed for the Secret Angel project to fulfill the urgent needs of those down on their luck, the main Secret Angel received so many offers of help that he hasn’t been able to get through them all. But they’re coming.

However, I did want to share one wish come true made possible by a reader, an unofficial Secret Angel agent, Allen Mandel of Cuyahoga Falls, who wrote: “I have a newer Sears working gas dryer that I would love to deliver to a good home in need.”

To the absolute delight of a woman who described herself as having been “homeless for two years … God blessed me. I am now housed. I have been working for a year. I need a gas dryer. I have an electric one in great condition but I have a gas hookup. Please and thank you.”

“All went well … Really nice lady. Glad we could help,” Mandel said. “She was very appreciative and gave my wife and I big hugs when we left. We wish all the best for her … We just wanted to help make somebody’s day a little easier and hopefully less stressful.”

Youth benefit

Did you know, asks the Junior League of Stark County, that Denzel Washington, Smokey Robinson, journalist Bernard Shaw and Jennifer Lopez are all Boys & Girls Club alumni?

By attending the League’s March 1 gala, you have an opportunity to support the program Denzel has been a part of in one way or another since he was 6 years old.

“OK, so Denzel Washington won’t be at our gala, but I’m pretty sure he’d approve of our event, because of what it’s doing to support the Massillon Boys and Girls Club,” said League President Cara Beisert, adding, “The goal of the partnership is to increase graduate rates and hopefully attract more participants to attend the Boys & Girls Club throughout high school. We also hope those participants leave with a good sense of how important it is to plan for the future.”

The League — a pillar of the Stark County community for nearly 80 years — is also partnering with Heritage Christian School, the North Canton Early Childhood Center and the Alliance for Children and Families to provide support via its “Done in a Day” program, Beisert shared.

Tickets for the gala, themed “A Night in the Big Apple,” at the Barrett Center on the campus of Walsh University in North Canton, are $60 (includes dinner, open bar and entertainment). Doors open at 5:30 p.m. On the menu are silent and live auctions and casino gambling. Auction items include a trip to Holiday Valley, a children’s log cabin playhouse, a free set of braces from Drs. Bernard, Eimer and Morgan, a two-week stay in Venice, Fla., a trip to Punta Cana, and a show by the band Yankee Bravo. After 5 attire. For more information or tickets, please call the League office at 330-491-4552 or visit www.jlstarkcounty.org.

Struggle is over

Family and friends of Medina’s Donal G. Evans were successful through their many “Lungs for Don” benefits to raise enough money for his lung transplant. But the 64-year-old — diagnosed with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis and featured in my column — wasn’t strong enough for the wait. He died Jan. 13. But his family, even in their grief, is rejoicing that his struggle is over and that so many people cared.

Family friend Glenna Cramer wrote: “He wound up at the Cleveland Clinic ICU with double pneumonia and the swine [H1N1] flu. It was too much for him and was so worn out … We just left his funeral [at Medina Church of God]; over 150 people were there; friends from as far away as Oregon; it was a beautiful service.”

Barber scholarship

Akron barber/minority business owner Eric Garrett is aiming to be a good neighbor with his Beyond Expectations Barber College (BEBC).

With his “Free Tuition Scholarship Program,” Garrett has announced he will donate one scholarship to BEBC — valued at $7,650— to each of the following Akron churches: House of the Lord, 1650 Diagonal Road; The WORD Church, 608 E. Cuyahoga Falls Ave.; United Baptist Church, 1007 S. Hawkins Ave.; First Grace United Church of Christ, 350 S. Portage Path; Burning Bush Church, 1104 Johnston St.; and Macedonia Baptist Church, 940 McKinley Ave.

“Each church will be able to send one student to the Beyond Expectations Barber College free of charge,” Garrett said in a prepared statement. “At the conclusion of the 11-month training program, each BEBC graduate will receive his or her Ohio Barber’s license.

“Beyond Expectations Barber College is all about giving back to the community. It’s really about going beyond expectations …

“As a vocational school, we continuously promote and support the value of education, instilling pride in Akron residents and creating jobs in the community. This opportunity will place each student on a new career path, and could inspire them to become an entrepreneur in the future, with a business based in the city of Akron.”

For more information, please call Eric Garrett at 330-745-8288 or visit www.bebc-ohio.com.

Girl Scouts honored

Good Neighbors Food Center, 1453 Goodyear Blvd., Akron, “deeply appreciates the efforts of Girl Scout Troops 9077 and 91410 of Akron for their tremendous volunteer efforts on Jan. 11,” said George Camilletti, center volunteer and a member of the board of trustees.

“The Girl Scouts sorted thousands of food items which had been donated to the food pantry through food drives at local schools. These young ladies and their leaders took their Saturday to help less fortunate families of their community … Troop 9077 leaders are Terry Allen and Diane DeStefano and Troop 91410 leaders are Angie Lischeck and Sara Shephard … The Girl Scout Troops meet at the New Horizons Christian Church, 290 Darrow Road, in Akron.”

Team effort

Girl Scouts of North East Ohio (GSNEO) and the Hudson-based Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores recently joined forces to support “Crafting for a Cause.”

In just one day, at 18 Jo-Ann stores, 72 classes were held for 1,200 Girl Scouts to make 2,400 sets of fleece hats and scarves, said Girl Scout spokeswoman Kimberley Graves, adding that all of the fleece — donated by Jo-Ann — was pre-cut and packaged by Goodwill Industries employees.

“Every day Girl Scouts do things in our communities to make the world a better place,” GSNEO Chief Executive Officer Jan Christyson said. “This service project is different in that it involves thousands of girls, volunteers, organizations and Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft stores; team members all working together toward a common goal.”

The fleece hats and scarves are being delivered to various agencies and organizations, including Summit County Children Services, Salvation Army locations, shelters, and Boys and Girls Clubs in Ashtabula, Columbiana, Cuyahoga, Erie, Lake, Lorain, Mahoning, Medina, Sandusky, Stark, Summit, Trumbull and Tuscarawas counties.

Graves added, “While the project inspires creativity in the Girl Scouts making the hats and scarves, it also impacts the children receiving the gifts as well.”

Jewell Cardwell can be reached at 330-996-3567 or jcardwell@thebeaconjournal.com