November 1, 2014

Medina
Showers
38°F

Medina County Job and Family Services distributes coats, food

Adults left the Medina County Job and Family Services offices Thursday morn­ing with bags full of groceries, and chil­dren left in warm coats.

The agency held its annual Coats for Kids dis­tribution and its monthly delivery of food from the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank.

From left, Allison Tatro and DeDee Keith, of Medina County Job and Family Services, sort through coats at the agency’s Coats for Kids distribution event Thursday in Medina. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY MARIA KACIK KULA)

From left, Allison Tatro and DeDee Keith, of Medina County Job and Family Services, sort through coats at the agency’s Coats for Kids distribution event Thursday in Medina. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY MARIA KACIK KULA)

“This worked so well to do these all together,” agency director Mead Wilkins said.

The agency distributed close to 2,000 coats to families throughout the year and 300 coats Thursday. The coats were collected in the last year through various drives, including a cam­paign by Buckeye High School’s Occupational Work Experience class that raised thousands of jackets for the agency and Coats for Kids in Cleveland. A fundraising drive by county employees also collected about $1,200 to pur­chase coats.

“Thank you, thank you, this is such a big help,” one woman said as she received a bag of coats for her children.

Wilkins said people began lining up outside the agency’s offices at 7:30 a.m. Normally, the food distribution doesn’t start until an hour later, but it began earlier to get people out of the cold. Wilkins said the Akron-Canton Regional Food­bank delivered 18,000 pounds of food, mostly fresh vegetables, and included 8,000 pounds of potatoes. About 350 families picked up food dur­ing the event.

People won’t have to bear the cold during upcoming Medina food distribution events. The next distribution at 9 a.m. Nov. 11 will be inside the Medina Community Center on the Medina County Fairgrounds, 735 Lafayette Road. Wilkins said the monthly distribution will be there until the spring.

Contact Maria Kacik Kula at (330) 721-4049 or mkacik@medina-gazette.com.