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America's Wholesale Outlet is recognized as a Community Leader through its investment in expanding local news coverage. Thanks to their participation in the Community Leaders Program we are able to enhance areas of content in Mahoning that were underserved in the past.

America's Wholesale Outlet proudly supports Difference Makers that bring you stories about the many inspiring difference makers in our community.


‘Gary’s Fund Run’ to raise money for WYSU

‘Gary’s Fund Run’ to raise money for WYSU

Gary Sexton has been with WYSU for 32 years and has been an avid runner since adolescence. For him, it was a no-brainer to combine those passions for this year’s fund drive. 
Family event Sunday will benefit two local children battling cancer

Family event Sunday will benefit two local children battling cancer

A local Relay for Life team, Flamingo Mafia Team M&M, is collaborating with the Ice House Inn on Sunday to raise money for the families of Nora Sabella, 7, battling Neuroblastoma and Joey Gaskel, 4, battling pre-B cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia 
Crowdfunding website aims to ‘Inspire Unity’ among donors

Crowdfunding website aims to ‘Inspire Unity’ among donors

Inspire Unity has users submit a photo with each donation that gets added to a digital photo collage. The collage is meant to signify that all donors are united by their support for the cause.
Melina Michelle Edenfield Foundation to 'Choose Joy' on Saturday

Melina Michelle Edenfield Foundation to 'Choose Joy' on Saturday

The event from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Village Green in Canfield has the goal of raising funds and awareness for pediatric brain cancer research in memory of 4-year-old Melina Edenfield. 
DIVA Donations provides prom dress assistance, fairy tale experiences for children

DIVA Donations provides prom dress assistance, fairy tale experiences for children

Kristin Bodendorfer, owner of DIVA Donations, 11836 South Ave., Door E on the second floor, describes the operation as “the first formal clothing closet in Mahoning County.” 
Youngstown native, Academy for Urban Scholars partner for 24-Hour U-Haul Project

Youngstown native, Academy for Urban Scholars partner for 24-Hour U-Haul Project

The Youngstown Police Department’s community police unit is also getting involved by collecting donations for the project including young adult and adult clothes, jackets, shoes, hygiene products and non-perishables.
Sophia Buggs: Planting food knowledge — and produce — in the Valley

Sophia Buggs: Planting food knowledge — and produce — in the Valley

Sophia Buggs, owner of Lady Buggs Farm and a Mahoning Valley Food Access coordinator, is working to aid food access and education in the Valley.  She was nominated for the League of Women Voters of Greater Youngstown’s Women’s Hall of Fame for her efforts to revitalize the community. 
Valley native paves his way with 'The Chris Gunther Show'

Valley native paves his way with 'The Chris Gunther Show'

Chris Gunther of Youngstown grew up with the goal to be one of the biggest media personalities in the world. Now, he’s working to make that dream a reality with his own local, web-based interview show. 
TEMA Roofing Services matches ‘Shop Local! Give Hope!’ donations

TEMA Roofing Services matches ‘Shop Local! Give Hope!’ donations

The first “Shop Local! Give Hope!” program delivered $500 each to Second Harvest Food Bank of the Mahoning Valley and the Salvation Army of Youngstown.
Campbell man donates homemade wooden flags to law enforcement

Campbell man donates homemade wooden flags to law enforcement

Michael Skaleris normally uses his passion for woodworking to make handmade crafts and toys. He has shifted his focus to handcrafting wooden flags in support of local law enforcement and public service workers. 
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