NO ONE SHOULD SLEEP OUT IN THE COLD
Communities join together for collection drive NOV 13 – DEC 17, 2023
Again this year, the Mayors of Stow, Munroe Falls, Silver Lake and Cuyahoga Falls are joining forces with the Peter Maurin Center and The Knights of Columbus to spearhead a community collection drive in their respective communities to collect donated cold weather items for the homeless.
The drive is specifically intended to help the unsheltered population — people who live in spaces not intended for habitation rather than going in to local shelters — which increased the last three years due to COVID.
Three years ago, Mike Rauh, Peter Maurin Center volunteer, and Stow Mayor John Pribonic spearheaded this inter-community drive. All four communities were overwhelmed by the outpouring of generosity from their communities.
"What I heard from residents is that they knew this was a problem, but they just didn't know how to help," Pribonic added. "This gave them a connection and once they knew how to help, the turnout was incredible."
The Peter Maurin Center is a nonprofit organization that offers hot meals, shelter, clothes and comfort to unsheltered and marginalized people.
Each of the four communities will have donation bins in their city halls so that residents may drop off items during business hours. They will also hold two weekend drive-thru events to collect donated items at the curb where The Knights of Columbus will be on hand to help. Drive-thru event dates are:
Sat., December 2, 2023 (10 AM – 2 PM) – Stow & Silver Lake City Halls
Sat., December 9, 2023 (10 AM – 2 PM) – Munroe Falls & Cuyahoga Falls City Halls
Only items from the specified list will be accepted.
DONATION ITEMS NEEDED AND ACCEPTED – MUST BE GENTLY WORN OR NEW
- Boots - waterproof, men's (10-12), women's (all sizes)
- Hoodies - men's w/zipper, L, XL (Fruit of the Loom - cotton)
- Flashlight and Batteries - any
- Backpacks - daypack adult type - sizes: 20L or 40L
- Hand Warmers - many needed
- Socks - large athletic or wool - many needed
- Gloves – brown jersey or thermal
- Boxer Briefs - men, all sizes, Gildan covered waistband multipack
- Underwear - women, all sizes, cotton briefs
- Meal Cards - McDonalds, Burger King, Subway, etc.
- One Day Akron Metro Bus Passes
- Money - 100% goes towards the homeless / PayPal, reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you in advance for your generosity!