The first event of “The Charity Faith Love Project”, held Saturday, Feb. 20, was a beautiful success; THANKS BE TO GOD! From noon until 2 p.m., volunteers handed out boxes filled with non-perishables, meats, dairy, toiletries, and household cleaning products to each Ashtabula City family who drove through People’s Baptist Church parking lot.

The goal was to give 250 families three boxes each. Remaining boxes were gifted to Beatitude House, Feed our Vets and Healthy Boundaries transitional house. The project started when I asked God to use me to help with the struggle of so many Ward 3 residents to purchase basic household provisions due to the financial hardship the COVID-19 pandemic has placed on them.

When God laid this project on my heart I hit the ground running. The mere mention of the project brought donors, volunteers, organizations, and community members from near and far, to lend a hand. Help came in the form of prayers and moral support; creation of the official project name; flier design; suggestions as to which items would have the most impact; donation solicitation; 500 new boxes [Northeast Box]; goods to fill the boxes; storage; transportation of goods; drafting letter each recipient received; project site; planning, organizing, distribution, money; and traffic control. 

 

Shortly after the event concluded emails and calls came flooding in from provision recipients. Each one thankful and grateful; some emotional. I was also encouraged to continue doing what we know we should do… Jesus said “Inasmuch as you have done it (fed, clothed, taken in), to the least of these my brethren, you have done it unto me.” [Matthew 25:40]

 

OH, the smiles, the waves, the thank yous, the calls, the tears, and all the help is etched in my heart forever – ALL GLORY TO GOD; AMEN!

 

Donors included:

 

BUSINESSES: 

Ashtabula Community Action

Ashtabula Dental Associates

Before & After Hair Design

Chic’s Bar

Country Neighbor through Cleveland Food Bank provided 1 box per household (produce and meat) – Barb Klingensmith/Diane Bradbury and Staff

Dollar General – West Prospect, Ashtabula

Giant Eagle – De De and Bob 

Healthy Smile Center

JES Trucking

J.P. Ducro, IV

Morris Trucking, LLC

Northeast Box Company – Michael Johnson 

People’s Missionary Baptist Church & Mission Ministry

Pizza Hut – Ashtabula

Red Bone Trucking

Willing Hands

Zehrco-Giancola Composites

 

INDIVIDUALS- $50 & up: 

Raymond Barnes 

Robert & Bobbie Barnes

Julie Boetger

Lorenzo Carlton 

Herdy & Sallie Christian 

Diane Dixson 

Shirley Dyer

Charles & Cathy Fleming 

Jane Haines – Ashtabula City Councilwoman Ward 5

Veronica Hanna – Retired Chief Warrant Officer 5

Michael & LaVette Hennigan 

RoLesia Holman

Bill & Kathy Hyland 

Chauda Jones

Darla Jones

Moody Family 

John Roskovics – Ashtabula City Council President 

Otis Sandidge 

Rev. Willie & Fannie Scruggs 

Daphne Wilson 

German Womack, Jr. - Pastor

[Several donations under $50 were received which immensely helped increase the volume of goods purchased]

 

VOLUNTEERS

Daneille Allgood

Ashtabula City Police Department

Raymond Barnes

Robert Barnes

Julie Boetger

Diana Bradbury

Clarence Carlton, III

Lorenzo Carlton

Ada Carmichael

Carmella Christian

Herdy & Sallie Christian

James Christian

Sallie Christian

Shayla Christian

Diana Dixson

J. P. Ducro, IV – Ashtabula County Commissioner

Stacy Gancos

Linda Hanna

Veronica Hanna

Donte’ Jackson

Willietta Marbury

Stacy Sensky – Ashtabula City Clerk of Council

Meghann Stell

Yo Club - Lakeside

Yvonne Wallace

THANK YOU SO MUCH EVERYBODY! 

Laydean Young

Ward 3 Councilwoman and Project Founder  

Ashtabula

 

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