West Side Cause for Celebration
Society of St. Vincent de Paul Cleveland
CLEVELAND — Through its annual Blanket Sunday Drive, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul (SVDP) Cleveland recently collected in excess of $40,000 in donations from Catholic parishes across Greater Cleveland and Akron to purchase more than 4,000 new blankets that are being distributed to 30 major nonprofit social service organizations in Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake, Lorain and Summit counties. Now in its 26th year, SVDP Cleveland’s Blanket Sunday Drive has become a significant resource for supplying low-income individuals and families with seasonal items — such as blankets and winter hats, gloves, socks and scarves — to help them stay warm in inclement weather, said John Litten, the organization’s executive director.
Have a Heart Do Your Part Radiothon
DOWNTOWN AKRON — The 14th Annual Have a Heart Do Your Part Radiothon, presented by 98.1 WKDD Radio to raise funds for Akron Children’s Hospital, will take place Feb. 7-9 from the lobby of the hospital. Radio personalities Keith and Shannon will broadcast live from the site and accept donations for the hospital to benefit patient care, education and research programs. Area residents also can raise funds by becoming Change Bandits and collecting change from friends, family and coworkers. Those funds are then turned in to Radiothon officials during the Radiothon Bandit Bash, typically held the night before the Radiothon begins. Enrollment and information on becoming a Change Bandit is available by visiting www.akronchild rens.org/changebandit or calling 330-543-0981. Last year, the event raised $716,484, according to hospital officials. Donations for the hospital also are being accepted anytime or during the radiothon by calling 330-543-8340, 330-543-0981 or 866-543-0981.
SEWA International USA
CUYAHOGA FALLS — Shangri-La Crafters, a project of SEWA International USA, is continuing its work on sewing, quilting and knitting skills with refugees from Bhutan. Organizers report that some of the women have improved their skills and sold cell phone bags at sales held at different locations last fall. Most of the women have full-time jobs, and improving sewing skills through this program will lead to better jobs and a more stable life, according to program officials. The organization recently started a basic sewing class at Cuyahoga Falls Library for Bhutanese refugee women taught by Archana Mehta, an adjunct faculty member at The School of Fashion Design and Merchandising at Kent State University. This group is accepting donations of working portable sewing machines and sewing supplies for its new recruits. In addition, Cathy Parker is teaching a quilting techniques class. The women in that class are improving their English skills and building confidence to adjust to a new life, according to organizers. This group is in need of rotary cutters, mats, rulers and sewing supplies, as well as donations of at least 1 yard or more of 100-percent cotton fabric. Program officials added that a third group of women is working with Dr. Sneh Raj in improving their knitting and crochet skills in making handcrafted gift items. An e-catalog of items is available by request. For more information or to donate items, contact Manju Rastogi at MRastogi@aol.com.
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