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Local crocheter uses passion to create mask straps

Local crocheter uses passion to create mask straps

Barbara Matherly has crocheted roughly 600 mask straps — or “mask ear savers” as she calls them — for various health care facilities and essential businesses free of charge. 
Youngstown caterer receives hero award for feeding the Valley

Youngstown caterer receives hero award for feeding the Valley

Michelle Stephens uses profits from her Youngstown catering business, Food 4 Your Soul, to run a pop-up restaurant mission on Youngstown’s South Side once a month.
BRIDGE program brings smiles to young readers

BRIDGE program brings smiles to young readers

Barbershop Reading Initiative Developing Growth in Education program provides 20 tablets to city students.
Senior Support Action Group seeks younger Valley volunteers

Senior Support Action Group seeks younger Valley volunteers

Leah Sakacs said her program aims to solve the food, transportation and companionship issues among senior citizens, noting there is “never not a need for volunteers.” 
Youngstown health commissioner serves community during pandemic

Youngstown health commissioner serves community during pandemic

“I love what I do in the city that I love. I hope that we can do things to continue to make it a better place,” Erin Bishop, health commissioner for the City of Youngstown’s Health District, said.
Beloit 12-year-old starts Sophia’s Essential Supplies to help others

Beloit 12-year-old starts Sophia’s Essential Supplies to help others

The initiative was started by 12-year-old Sophia Capron of Beloit, a sixth-grader at West Branch Middle School. She donates baskets of essential items to people who need assistance during the COVID-19 pandemic. 
YSU student makes mask straps for frontline workers

YSU student makes mask straps for frontline workers

The mask straps are meant to alleviate ear pain that healthcare workers may experience as a result of wearing a face mask for long hours. The cost of the straps has been covered by more than $600 in donations.
'God bless and be safe:' Austintown car group gives away 250 boxes of goods

'God bless and be safe:' Austintown car group gives away 250 boxes of goods

The Chicken Coupe Cruisers gave away about $8,000 in groceries to those in need on Sunday at the Austintown eatery — "a wonderful success," said organizers.
Lisbon hairstylist now creates fashionable face masks

Lisbon hairstylist now creates fashionable face masks

Julie Smith initially made the masks for friends and family. Then she received an overwhelming amount of interest after posting a photo of her and Cody posing with their masks on the Dr. Amy Acton Fan Club page on Facebook. 
Don't want to go to the store? GroceryGrab volunteers can help

Don't want to go to the store? GroceryGrab volunteers can help

"I wanted to figure out a way to harness a lot of people's feelings of obligation to their community in a safe way they can feel they are helping during this troubling time,” said founder Matthew Ellis.
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