As we approach the holiday season, it is a time for reflection and gratitude. Many of you have expressed an interest in extending a helping hand to those less fortunate. We have several opportunities for you to make a meaningful difference. To all of you, I extend my deepest gratitude for your continued support.
With great pride, I bring your attention to the "NO ONE SHOULD SLEEP OUT IN THE COLD" collection drive. Right here at the heart of City Hall, this initiative will run through Dec 17, 2023. As the mayor of Stow, I am proud to join forces with the mayors of Munroe Falls, Silver Lake, and Cuyahoga Falls, as well as the Peter Maurin Center and The Knights of Columbus, to collect donated cold weather items for the homeless. The Peter Maurin Center is an inspiring nonprofit organization that provides so much to unsheltered and marginalized individuals. Learn more about this worthy cause and how you can assist: https://www.stowohio.org/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=180.
On December 16, 2023, at 2:30 pm, the amazing Joshua Stow Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution will grace our community with a revival of Wreaths Across America. Last year, we were able to build a collective force of over 200 community members who joined us in honoring our brave veterans by laying wreaths upon their resting places in all three of our community cemeteries. This very poignant ceremony is part of a global endeavor, with over 2.7 million wreaths being placed across 3,700 cemeteries worldwide. To learn more about this event, please visit: https://www.stowohio.org/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=173.
We understand that the holiday season and the end of the year can bring emotional challenges for many individuals. It is important to remember that you are not alone and that your well-being matters. In recognition of this, the City of Stow has thoughtfully compiled local and national resources, readily available on our website. Please take a moment to access these invaluable resources by visiting : https://www.stowohio.org/323/Mental-Health-Resources. If you or someone you know is struggling, or if you simply need someone to talk to, please reach out to one of our resources or call the new 3-digit National Suicide Prevention Lifeline number, 9-8-8.
The spectacular Glow with Stow takes place this Saturday, December 2, at Stow City Hall from 5:00 pm to 8:30 pm. The festivities will include a tree lighting ceremony at 6:15 pm, food trucks, entertainment, and a visit from the jolly old elf himself – Santa! We look forward to seeing all residents and their families for this joyful occasion. Please note that the City Center will be adorned with captivating lights and displays throughout the entire holiday season until January 2, 2024. Feel free to stroll through and enjoy the festive atmosphere. Get all the details here: https://www.stowohio.org/calendar.aspx?EID=1100.
Don’t forget about Santa's Mailbox! Make your way over to City Hall to drop off your letter to Santa, in his special mailbox. Remember to include a self-addressed stamped envelope so that Santa can reply to you. We encourage you to submit your letters as soon as possible, given the time it takes for them to reach the North Pole and return. For more information, please visit: https://www.stowohio.org/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=183.
As we draw the year to a close, I want to express my heartfelt gratitude to all the residents of Stow. Thank you for your unwavering support, active participation, and genuine concern for our community. Together, we are stronger. I wish you all a wonderful and safe holiday season.
Mayor, City of Stow