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Buehler's Shopping Spree

Buehler's Shopping Spree - June 10, 2019

Nearly $810 worth of diapers, formula and wipes were collected in a 90-second shopping spree Medina resident Denis Slaby won by purchasing a raffle ticket from the Medina Community Police Academy Alumni Association. Denis and wife Lori decided to focus their spree on most-needed items to benefit Birthcare. We thank Denis for his generosity! Denis is standing in the Buehler's Forest Meadows store alongside Cheryl Kerr, Buehler's Community Relations Specialist.



Volunteer of the Year 2019

Volunteer of the Year 2019 - Janice Rihm

We are pleased to honor a patient and caring volunteer who is diligent in serving not only one shift, but often generously working two shifts per month. We are excited to announce Janice Rihm as our 2019 Volunteer of the Year!

Janice joined Birthcare in July, 2016. After having her last child, James, in 2015, she was looking for a place to donate baby and children's items and discovered Birthcare. She says, "It has been a good match!"

Janice enjoys helping others and giving back to the community. She works part-time as an RN at Southwest General Health Center. She also volunteers with a monthly food pantry at her church, Blessed Trinity, in Cleveland. Janice loves animals and envisions volunteering with them in some capacity in the near future. Janice and husband Chuck live in Medina. Between them, they have five children ranging in age from four to 29.



NEO Broverlanders

NEO Broverlanders - June 1, 2019

The NEO Broverlanders, an off-road group, organized a June 1 meet at Salt Fork Park. All participants were asked to donate diapers and wipes. Broverlander members James Parada, Steve Bable, Brian Bable and Christian Schmikla, delivered a U-Haul trailer overflowing with diapers and wipes, our most needed supplies. We appreciate their enthusiasm and kindness in sharing with those in need.



Kiwanis Gift Via Student Essay

Kiwanis Gift Via Student Essay - Spring 2019

Timothy Gildea, a sixth grade student at A.I. Root Middle School, participated in the Kiwanis Club of Medina's annual Macy Hallock Essay Contest, whose goal is to highlight the impact of local non-profits on families. Charities of winners received $100 donations from Kiwanis.

Tim's essay was one of five receiving an award. Tim wrote about Birthcare and how it helped his family. He ended his essay with this advice: "The organization helps tons of kids and families that are not privileged like some of us, and that needs to change. I know that you'll give back because you don't want a child or a family with a child to go hungry or cold. So, come down to Birthcare of Medina County to donate some money to help a child in need." Thank you, Tim, for your kind words!



Kiwanas Check Presentation


Medina Breakfast Kiwanis Club Grants Presentation

On Saturday evening, October 6, the Medina Breakfast Kiwanis Club presented three charities with grants with proceeds from their annual Medina County Sports Hall of Fame event. On the right, Barbara McCoy, executive director of Birthcare was on hand to accept our check for $1,000. This grant is targeted to purchase toddler clothing. Our bins are usually quite empty in sizes 2-3-4, so we are thrilled to start the shopping process to fill the bins.



Diaper Drive

Diapers for Medina - Update 8/2/2018

The totals are in. Drum roll, please. Three carloads, three adults and five children helped deliver and unpack three carloads packed to the brim with 8,618 diapers and pullups plus 122 packs of wipes.

Natalie Boothe started Diapers for Medina 4 years ago. Her kids were done with the diaper stage and she was by the pool reading a magazine when she read an article about a diaper drive in Michigan. A woman had found out about the need in an area close to her. She heard that families were even rinsing diapers to reuse them for their babies. Government assistance doesn't cover the cost for diapers. They had to make choices while shopping and with diapers being so expensive, they would buy food instead.

Natalie said "It was heart breaking to me, knowing full well I had thrown out clean diapers and had the luxury of changing my kids as they needed it, I never had to make a diaper stretch. So I started this, it has grown and I'm so thankful. I simply post in our church bulletin, reach out on Facebook, and connect with my parish community plus my friends and family. I'm so very thankful to live in Medina and have the support to help other families in need. Together we are making this happen."

Birthcare director Barb McCoy said "I wish I could personally thank all of those who have generously donated to your passionate cause. Your donation will go directly to our clients! They are the largest annual expense we have. God bless you!"



FarmersMarket

Medina County Health Department Farmers' Market - Update 8/10/2018

We are grateful to many volunteers and board members for staffing our display at the Medina County Farmers' Market 8:30am -2:30pm on Friday, August 10. Diane Bugner, Sister Sandy Bevec, Sue Brooks, Mary Kase, Ann Marie Krynock and Joanne Weiler all took turns greeting the public, answering questions and sharing granola bars. Our raffle bag of baby items was won by a Birthcare client. Local farmers sold fresh produce and other products. Health department dieticians, nurses, environmental health sanitarians, educators, and dental professionals were on hand. Children’s games, activities, and the Medina County District Library Bookmobile were also part of this family friendly event.



GolfOuting

American Legion Post 202 Golf Outing - Update

Saturday, September 8, the rains were relentless but golfers are hearty folks and with their support, profits from the outing produced an impressive $4,000 check donation which will go a long way in helping us buy needed diapers, baby food, formula, baby wash, wipes, and other necessities.

The day began early with 18 holes of golf by 54 golfers and ended with food and fellowship, a ball drop, gift basket raffle, door prizes, 50-50 drawing. Sincere thank you to Dave Taylor, Post 202 commander (left), Chad Gibson, of Bunker Hill (center) and Jim Hoessle, Post 202 treasurer (right). Accepting the check are Diane Bugner, Birthcare treasurer (second from left), Mary Kase, Birthcare president (third from left) and Barb McCoy, Birthcare executive director (second from right). Also volunteering at the event were Donna Lavelle and board members Joanne Weiler, Mary Corall, and Sister Sandy Bevec.




Heart and Soul

Heart and Soul Gift Boutique Fundraiser - Coming in November

The Heart and Soul Gift Boutique opening in November in the new Raymond Building at 139 N. Court St., Medina, has chosen Birthcare of Medina County to receive proceeds from its first charitable fundraiser. All profits from the sale of the "Chavez for Charity" bracelet (pictured above) during the month of November will go back to Birthcare. Chavez for Charity has also agreed to donate 25% of their profits from the sale of these bracelets. Our thanks to owner Jeanine Maczko for her support. Please visit this store, which will carry a unique selection of home decor, handbags, jewelry, personal care items, candles, stationery, baby gifts, and wedding gifts when it opens. Heart and Soul believes in the importance of supporting community. Each month a different product will be chosen and proceeds directed to a charitable project. Visit their website to learn more: www.heartandsoulgiftboutique.com.

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