by Karyn Hall
Streetsboro resident Tracy Terranova was following the coverage of Hurricane Sandy on the news this past week when she read a story about a mother who lost two of her sons in the flood.
A mother of three children, she decided to take action.
She reached out to the Streetsboro community on Facebook, and quickly found many others in town who wanted to join her efforts.
"Rockets Rescue: Hurricane Sandy Relief Benefit" was born.
"I realized I had to do something to help," she said. "Maybe here in Ohio we lost power and had some damage to our homes, but it is nothing like what the people on the east coast are going through."
This Sunday, Nov. 11, a fundraising event will take place at StringZ & WingZ from 3-7 p.m.
It will be a family-friendly event with dinner, music and raffles. Pasta dinner with meatballs, bread, and soda will be served from 4-5 p.m. Cost is $8 for those age 12 and up and free for those under 12.
The local band "Sobeit" will perform and a DJ will be spinning tunes for dancing.
The event also will feature a card-making station for our kids to make cards to send up to the victims.
Donations will be accepted during this time for the hurricane victims that will be shipped to the affected areas. Terranova says victims need cleaning supplies, bleach, towels and more, but the needs of the victims change daily.
She will continue to update the Facebook page for this event all week. Monetary donations will also be accepted.
If you can't stay for the fun event, you can just drop off a donation.
Terranova's daughter, Kellie, a Streetsboro High School graduate and current Kent State University student is helping coordinate the event, along with City Council member Bridget Pavlick and Chef Bill Thompson, owner of StringZ & WingZ.
A toy drive for the hurricane victims during the holiday season is in the works, as well.
Are your kids constantly growing? If they are, you can participate in the second annual Kid's Clothing Swap and Pumpkin Launch at the Chapel at Tinkers Creek on Nov. 10. Everyone in the community is invited to this free event.
Bring gently worn children's clothing from infant size to teen and then "swap" them for new, gently worn clothes in your child's size.
This includes shoes, boots, and outwear. Clothing can be dropped off Nov. 8-10 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Come back on Saturday afternoon from 2 to 4 p.m. for the swap. Any clothing left will be donated to a local shelter.
Also on Saturday afternoon, watch as organizers use a catapult to launch pumpkins in the church's backfield. Free shopping and entertainment -- sounds like a great afternoon! Visit www.tinkerscreek.com for more information.
St. Joan of Arc Church invites the community to Deck the Halls this November at its first annual Silent Tree Auction. Beautiful trees will be completely decorated and come in various sizes, ranging from 3 feet to 7 feet tall. The trees will be delivered to the winner's homes. The free event includes a potluck dinner and is open to the public. It will take place Nov. 18 from 4-7 p.m. at St. Joan of Arc's Fr. Stenson Center, 8894 Route 14.
Time to start marking your calendar for the many holiday events in town. One of the old favorites is back -- the Streetsboro PTA Holiday Connection. It will take place Dec. 1 at Henry Defer Intermediate School from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Admission is free. The event features a Santa shop, a visit with Santa and with Clifford the Big Red Dog, Home Depot workshop craft, face painting, food and a performance by the Defer Juggling Club.
"It is with great pleasure we bring back the Holiday Connection" said event chairperson, Von Starkey. "This event gives the children a chance to share the magic of the holiday season by shopping for their family in the Santa Shop. It's also a great community event to kick off the holiday season."
Vendor tables are also available. Contact Starkey at 330-655-1530 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
A community Thanksgiving service and reception will take place at St. Joan of Arc Church at 7 p.m. on Nov. 20. All are welcome. Refreshments will be served.
"As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them." John F. Kennedy
Got news? Contact Karyn Hall at 330-995-3503.