Medina County residents are a little warmer this winter

January 29, 2014 by  

Needy residents of Medina County facing the bitterly cold temperatures that recently put the Midwest into the deep freeze were able to keep warm thanks to the generosity of others.

The Medina County Board of Developmental Disabilities collected scarves, mittens, gloves, and hats to be distributed to those who needed them.

During December, more than 1,000 warm clothing items were donated by members of the community, who brought them to the Achievement Center and placed them on ‘Giving Trees’ in the center’s entrance. From there, the items were passed on to the Salvation Army’s Wadsworth and Medina offices. Army members then gave them to the neediest families and individuals.

The tradition of collecting warm clothing items and handing them out to people in need has been an ongoing project of the board for the last seven years. It has collected over 4,500 items that have subsequently been distributed to families and individuals during the year’s coldest months.

Many of the donors were in difficult circumstances themselves, but still felt they had enough to enable them to give to others. Most donations were one or two items, but occasionally whole bags filled with handmade items were brought to the center. According to a board member, the project allows the entire community to become involved in helping others.

Approximately 1,100 county residents are supported by the Medina County Board of Developmental Disabilities. The board could consider working with a flyer printing company to create a mailer for Medina residents, highlighting this year’s success and suggesting people get started on making items for next year.