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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. 
LaFrance Cleaners offers free cleaning for job interviews

LaFrance Cleaners offers free cleaning for job interviews

Owner Stephen Weiss said the store has provided this service since the Great Recession in 2008. “We've been a part of the community for a long time, and it's something that we can do to help,” he said.
The Federal hosts toy drive in former employee’s memory

The Federal hosts toy drive in former employee’s memory

The charity event, called “Merry Moh-Mas,” was in memory of former employee Mohammad Musleh, who died during summer 2019. It yielded hundreds of Christmas presents and more than $1,300 for local children in need last Friday. 
East Palestine woman’s initiative aims to 'Share Coats'

East Palestine woman’s initiative aims to 'Share Coats'

Share Coats officially became a nonprofit organization in August, but Megan Wagner-Buckley said she and her family have collected coats since 2016 when East Palestine Middle School asked the public to donate coats for students. 
Healthy Community Partnership director focuses on innovation to end disparities

Healthy Community Partnership director focuses on innovation to end disparities

Sarah Lowry, who grew up in Hubbard, spent almost six years working for U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown as a Northeast Ohio regional representative after graduating from Youngstown State University. She took on the partnership role in 2018. 
Youngstown band seeks ‘Better Days’ in the entertainment industry

Youngstown band seeks ‘Better Days’ in the entertainment industry

Apocalyptic Lovers will donate some royalties to MusiCares, which was organized by the Grammys to provide a financial safety net and resources for folks in the music industry during times of need. 
Breast cancer survivor's organization helps others in their battles

Breast cancer survivor's organization helps others in their battles

Apple Breast Cancer Warrior Foundation raised more than $5,500 through its Monster Bash and Dance for a Cure events. Additionally, the organization collaborated with local businesses, such as Magic Tree Pub & Eatery, Grey Boutique and Creekside Health and Fitness, for fundraisers. 
Once Upon A Time Art Line owner uses her creations to help others

Once Upon A Time Art Line owner uses her creations to help others

“I didn't really want to make profits off of what I do because it was just [for fun]. But then I realized that I can actually, you know, make these and use those profits toward helping others,” Christa Franklin, owner of Once Upon a Time Art Line, said.
Gals That Brunch talks pandemic, giving back and its first anniversary

Gals That Brunch talks pandemic, giving back and its first anniversary

Organized by Jess Irwin and Katy Haybarger, the group hosts a monthly brunch at a local eatery while supporting a variety of local charities and small businesses.  It will celebrate its first anniversary Oct. 24 with its first in-person event since February. 
Valley Facebook group allows users to be 'Blessed' with donations

Valley Facebook group allows users to be 'Blessed' with donations

On the “Kind Hearts, Blessed Souls” page, users can either post in the group and ask for assistance, or choose to “bless” someone else under one condition — money cannot be exchanged. All items must be donated. 
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