Community program

Give thanks by supporting a community program: Talk of the Towns

BROADVIEW HEIGHTS, Ohio – The South Hills Lend-A-Hand Food Pantry has had a very successful year, capping off its largest distribution in the program’s 29-year history. The pantry will serve about 70 families – for a total of 230 people – this Thanksgiving.

The shelves will be emptied to make Thanksgiving a special day for their recipients. Twenty volunteers will distribute over 3,000 pounds of canned food, 1,100 pounds of fresh produce and a turkey for each family.

The Independence Fire Guys were recently at Discount Drug Mart, where they raised over 1,025 pounds of much needed food, as well as cash and gift cards. Obviously, Independence Fire Chief Steve Rega believes in the example. The chef worked on the four food drives.

For more than 29 years, Lend-A-Hand has served the needs of residents without government subsidies. Through monetary donations from individuals, churches and civic groups, they can purchase items from the Cleveland Food Bank at a substantial discount.

Lend-A-Hand supports approximately 65 families per month in Seven Hills, Independence, and Broadview Heights.

If you would like to donate, contact South Hills Lend-A-Hand at PO Box 470972, Broadview Heights, Ohio 44147, 440-526-0514. It is a 501 (c) (3) organization.

Meals on wheels: The Family Heritage division of the Globe Life Insurance Company donated $ 2,500 to the Brecksville-Broadview Heights Meals on Wheels program. Globe Life local office spokesperson Maria Burnett said the company makes a significant annual contribution to a local service organization.

Meals on Wheels serves paddocks in Brecksville and Broadview Heights with nutritious hot and cold meals every day of the week, except holidays, year round. Meals on Wheels is a 100 percent volunteer-run organization. There are no salaries. The volunteers who deliver the meals provide their own vehicles and fuel.

If you or someone you know has a need for Meals on Wheels, call the local head office at 440-526-2499.

Ringtones: The Salvation Army’s red kettle will once again be outside the Giant Eagle store in Broadview Heights this year. All money raised will be used in the Southern Suburbs Salvation Army unit serving Brecksville, Broadview Heights, Independence and Seven Hills.

If you would like to help ring the bell, call the Brecksville Social Service Center at 440-526-2499. The money collected is mainly used to prevent the blackout of electricity and natural gas for residents of the four local towns.

The bell will ring from November 29 to December 21.

Hunger program: Now in its 38th year, the Yuletide Hunger Program is aimed at those less fortunate. The program began in 1983 following the death of Rusty Mansbery, a resident of Brecksville. Rusty’s brother Dave wanted to thank his community for the help and concern they had given to his family during Rusty’s illness, and he wanted to do so in a meaningful way. Dave therefore created the Yuletide Hunger program.

Preparations are underway for the Yuletide Hunger program as the towns of Brecksville, Broadview Heights, Independence and Seven Hills, and the Brecksville-Broadview Heights City School District, collect food and cash donations. Cash donations can be deposited or mailed to the Brecksville Human Services Center at 2 Community Drive, Brecksville, OH 44141. Please make checks payable to the Yuletide Hunger Program.

Bring non-perishable food to the Social Service Center in one of the four participating cities or send it to school with your kids. Volunteers are needed, including strong backs. Please call 440-526-2499 if you can help. Last year, more than 370 people were served.

Adopt a family: The holidays are all about giving, and Adopt a Family is a chance to give directly to a family in need. Your family, or maybe a group of people who work together or pray together, can make Christmas brighter for a family who lives in Brecksville, Broadview Heights, Independence, or Seven Hills through each city’s Human Services Center. Adopt a family by calling the Brecksville Human Services Center at 440-526-2499.

Santa Claus delivery: Each year the Brecksville Kiwanis Club brings Santa Claus back to town with its “Santa’s Delivery Service” for the residents of Brecksville. You can have Santa Claus stop at your house in his sleigh and give a gift to your child, children or grandchildren. It’s free!

Santa’s delivery date is Sunday, December 15. For more information, go to, click on “Service” in the menu bar, then “Santa Claus Delivery”.

Awareness program: The Cleveland Food Bank has a Benefits Awareness Program to make the application process quick and easy for over 20 programs including SNAP (Food Stamps), Prescription Benefits, Child Care Vouchers, WIC, Coverage medical and other assistance programs.

The food bank has a team of benefit advisors who can help people through the application process directly over the phone. People who are not currently receiving SNAP are encouraged to call the food bank today to determine their eligibility, find helpful resources in the community, and seek help, all in one call.

Eligibility is based on monthly income and expenses, including medical bills, rent, and utilities. This assistance is intended for seniors, students, families, full-time and part-time workers, the unemployed and anyone aged 18 and over who is having difficulty making ends meet.

If you’ve never used any assistance programs before and have general questions, call the Cleveland Food Bank at 216-738-2067 between 10 p.m. and 4 p.m.

Let the communities of Brecksville, Broadview Heights and North Royalton know what’s going on with your organization, church, school, business or family. Write to me at [email protected].

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