A very happy new year to Streetsboro!

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I hope that everyone had a peaceful and merry Christmas, and rang in the new year in style. With the sad events that have plagued our nation lately, I thought it'd be nice to focus on some positive news from our local community.

The annual Streetsboro Community Christmas was Dec. 13. Many, many businesses and individuals contributed time, money and gifts to make this event a success. While it's impossible to name each and every person who helped, I can share a few of the stories.

Students from Streetsboro Middle School raised more than $600 this year, and used it to purchase gifts for the 10- to 11-year-old age group. Their contributions ensured that there were enough gifts for that age group. Not to be outdone, students from Streetsboro High School contributed gift cards to the cause, collected from the staff and students. A giving tree was set up to collect gifts. The International Culture Club donated 95 personal care gift bags and the National Honor Society students donated stuffed animals.

More community members also stepped up to help this year, both with set-up and with the day when families came to pick out gifts. Pam Danner, director of Community Christmas, said that there were more than 100 helpers, exceeding the number of volunteers in the past. In a day and age when its easy to become cynical, it's great to see our community come together to help those in need.

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A friend recently shared a great way to count your blessings over the course of the upcoming year. She suggested that you get an empty jar, and when something good happens in your life during the next year, take a moment to jot it down on a piece of paper and toss it in the jar. Then when New Year's Eve comes around at the end of 2013, you'll have a jarful of great moments to reflect upon. Moments that you may otherwise have forgotten. My hope is that your 2013 is as good or better than 2012, and that everyone has a happy and healthy new year!

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If you have new to share please contact Laura Lewis at 330-620-2943, or by email at lewzoo@aol.com.

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