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The Suburbanite
  • Helping hands of Summit County looking for community support

  • Helping Hands of Summit County Inc. is an organization that’s mission is to help people year round.Not only do they provide support and assistance for needy people in the area, but they they check up on the people and keep contact with thee people that they help. There are several families ...
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  • Helping Hands of Summit County Inc. is an organization that’s mission is to help people year round.
    Not only do they provide support and assistance for needy people in the area, but they they check up on the people and keep contact with thee people that they help. 
    There are several families in particular that they are trying to assist, but are looking for people in the community to help donate to the cause of helping others.
    They will take donations up to Christmas day and after that, since always people in need. Everything that is donated to Helping Hands is tax deductible and they do work with Stewart's Caring Place.
    These are the families highlight that are in desperate need of community support. All families are kept anonymous.
    A family, with a mother in her 40s, used to be nurse in Cleveland Clinic. He has since gotten  sick and only has 3 or 4 months to live. All she wants is a laptop for her 14-year-old son for when he's doing homework to remember her by. They also need monetary help with mortgage. People can make cash donations for either the mortgage or laptop.Gift cards or Food gift cards are also acceptable.
    A grandma, 55, has a granddaughter in 1st grade. They walk everywhere, and asking for a vehicle. They need anything running, just to get her granddaughter to school, the doctor  and grocery shopping. Nothing great, just something to transport.
    Cottage Muffler, located on 1067 Triplett Blvd in Akron, 44306, has two owners is Mike and Susan. They have kept the Helping hands truck running through over 100,000s of miles and Phyllis Byrd said they are very honest, Christian people who treat them really great. They have offered to host an Amish quilt raffle. People can go to their business and their put name, phone number and they are asking for at a $5 or more donation to have an opportunity to win a hand made quilt. The money raised will be used to buy cribs for babies whose parents can't afford them. These cribs extend into beds and last up to 6 years. They will do the drawing on Dec. 17, and people don’t have to be there as long as leave a phone number with entry. Several quilts will be given away.
    Finally, a lady in her 30s, diagnosed with MS, is still working but Helping Hands is trying to get her in mobile home that needs to work to be safe. Need to raise about $800 to get her in and own it. The mobile home needs to be affordable when she won't be able to work anymore.
    Contact Phyllis Byrd at 330-773-7731 or mail donations to P.O. Box 26601, Akron, 44319 with any questions or if you would like to help one of these families during the holiday season.