MESSAGE FROM MAYOR PRIBONIC
Dear Stow Residents,
It is hard to believe we are closing in on another year! As we celebrate the upcoming holiday season, many of you have inquired about how you can help those less fortunate. We have a wealth of opportunities for you to make a difference and appreciate all your support.
NO ONE SHOULD SLEEP OUT IN THE COLD
is a collection drive with local communities and goes through December 16, 2022 here at Stow City Hall. Again this year, I as the mayor of Stow, along with the mayors of 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 Peter Maurin Center is a nonprofit organization that offers hot meals, shelter, clothes and comfort to unsheltered and marginalized people.
The drive is specifically intended to help the unsheltered population — people who live in spaces not intended for habitation rather than going into local shelters — which increased in the last two years due to COVID. Two years ago, Mike Rauh, Peter Maurin Center volunteer, and I 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.
Each of the four communities 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. The drive-thru dates are December 3, 10am-2pm at Stow & Silver Lake and December 10, 10AM – 2PM at Munroe Falls & Cuyahoga Falls City Halls. Only items from the specified list will be accepted. Visit the list here.
PAJAMAS (AND BOOKS) FOR KIDS - through Open M of Akron. This collection has already come to a close, with a great response from our community. Pajamas for Kids have been able to provide over 1,000 new pairs of pajamas for children in our surrounding areas at the holiday time and are excited to add the addition of a new book to accompany the new pair of pajamas this year!
Mayor, City of Stow