OPEN M Ministry Spreads Christmas Cheer
Story by Aimee Juarez
As you may know, last week was our Christmas for the Love of Children food and gift distribution. In the days following the event, the entire staff here was beaming with Christmas spirit and joy. It seemed to touch each of us equally, but in different ways. For many of OPEN M staffers, the pure bewilderment of the parents and anticipation of each child’s excitement was the most impactful.
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By Dorothy Markulis
The ubiquitous backpack
It is truly everywhere. Children trudge home from school toting them with a heavy load of items – books, clothes, games and other useful items.
But for some in four community learning centers in Akron, the backpack is a lifeline, saving the elementary students from hunger. Continue reading
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