The Warm Hearts’ 2018 Holiday Gift Program was a huge success! Toys and gifts were procured, wrapped, and distributed to over 50 Stow families. We are very grateful to the many members of the Stow community whose generosity made this tremendous undertaking possible!
We would like to extend our sincere thanks to the following:
– the many businesses, organizations, and individuals who contributed to our Toy Fund which was used to purchase holiday gifts for children and teens
– the congregations of HighRock and St. Isidore churches who provided adult gifts
– the Dunster Neighbors who bought and wrapped gifts
– the Stow Women’s Club, the COA Craft Group, and the other volunteer “elves” who snipped, folded, and taped without complaint for hours on end until the last toy was beautifully wrapped
– Brie Donahue who held a sock drive, and Pam Buckley who knit beautiful mittens and hats
– various Stow businesses, the Stow Independent, the Beacon-Villager, Action Unlimited, and Stow TV who assisted with publicity.
Warm Hearts is appreciative of the community support we received not only during the winter holidays but throughout the year. In addition to holiday gifts, Warm Hearts supplied Thanksgiving and Easter dinners, warm winter clothing, back-to-school supplies, and summer camperships. Our organization also provided emergency assistance and referrals to area agencies.
We couldn’t have done it without the Stow Community Chest grant which constituted a large portion of our general funds. In addition we received substantial financial contributions from the Alice Eaton Foundation, the Stow Springfest Committee, the Stow Lions Club, the Randall Relief Fund, and the Stow Women’s Club. Many donations were also made by local businesses and individual members of the community.
There were several organizations critical to our success who provided direct support for our programs. The congregations of HighRock and St. Isidore churches, in addition to purchasing holiday gifts as mentioned above, provided Easter and Thanksgiving dinners and permitted us the use of their facilities. Center School students, families, and teachers donated the majority of Thanksgiving dinners and collected back-to-school supplies. The Stow Girl Scouts contributed dinners and also baked delicious fruit breads as a special treat for Warm Hearts’ clients.
With the help of our Stow friends and neighbors Warm Hearts was able to make a difference in the lives of many Stow families who needed a helping hand.
As we embark on our twelfth year of service to the Stow community, we thank you for your ongoing support, and we wish you good health and much happiness in 2019!