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12/6/2012 - West Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

Sale of holiday ornament to benefit Blessings in a Backpack — Akron

This holiday ornament, created by Don Drumm, is being sold to benefit the Blessings in a Backpack — Akron program.
Photo courtesy of Blessings in a Backpack — Akron
AKRON — Akron award-winning artist Don Drumm has designed a unique holiday ornament exclusively for Blessings in a Backpack — Akron to raise funds for the organization.

According to organization officials, Blessings in a Backpack — Akron provides food for children who qualify for federal free and reduced meal programs at school and who do not have enough to eat on the weekends. The program offers nutritional and easily prepared food for the children to take home on Friday afternoons. Now in its second year, Blessings in a Backpack — Akron is supporting 390 children at Helen Arnold Community Learning Center and Akron Digital Academy, according to organization officials.

The shiny aluminum ornament created for the organization consists of the word “Blessings” and is packaged in Don Drumm Studio giftwrap, according to organization officials. 

The profits from the sale of the ornament and 100 percent of donations will go directly to purchasing food used in the Backpack program, according to organization officials. The ornament costs $25 and is available through Blessings in a Backpack — Akron via email at blessingsakron@gmail.com.


LaVida Massage opens in Fairlawn

FAIRLAWN — LaVida Massage opened at 2731 W. Market St. in Fairlawn Town Centre offering therapeutic massage and aesthetic services for the entire family, from the serious athlete to the individual who needs a break from daily stress, according to company officials.

The 2,600-square-foot facility features eight regular massage rooms, one couples’ massage room and one aesthetics room, according to owner Clare Quartaraco, of Fairlawn. Massage therapy options include Swedish, couples’, deep tissue, hot stone, prenatal, Thai, chair and corporate massages performed by licensed massage therapists. Additionally, the center offers aesthetic services such as facials, peels, waxing, aromatherapy, body wraps and products by GlyMed Plus, a line of skin care products, she added.

Quartaraco stated the new business will create up to 10 positions, including therapists and receptionists, in the coming months.

“I love Fairlawn and am proud to bring the first health and wellness center dedicated to massage therapy to the area,” said Quartaraco. “At LaVida of Fairlawn, we’re focused on the therapeutic power of massage and in making it an affordable and comfortable commodity for everyone within the community. Let’s face it, we are living longer, and the sooner we take care of ourselves, the longer our bodies will remain healthy and functional.”

For more information or to make an appointment, call 330-869-5433.


Maria Lindsay contributed to these reports.

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