Ro Digga and Haz Matt help show how HIP-Cuyahoga is creating a healthy opportunities for all

HIP-Cuyahoga successfully coordinated the collection of personal care products, and then the distribution at the Food Pantry and Care Pack Drive on Saturday, August 18th at Philemon Community Baptist Church in East Cleveland. Two local radio stations, WZAK 93.1 FM and Z107.9 FM helped promote the event and let community members know to come out and receive a helping hand. DJ Haz Matt from WZAK made announcements live on the radio from the event, and Ro Digga from Z1079 interviewed several of the coordinators of the event on Facebook Live.  The event was truly inspiring. Over 300 families received fresh, healthy food including produce, lean meats, bread and packs of personal care items. Partners who supported this event by collecting donated items from employees and/or the community include Hanson Services, The Cleveland Institute for Community Health, the Cuyahoga County Board of Health, the Prevention Research Center for Healthy Neighborhoods, The Case Western Reserve University Comprehensive Cancer Care Center, and the Cleveland Museum of Natural History. Two local retailers, Discount Drug Mart and the Dollar General of Bedford generously contributed multiple shopping cart loads of hygiene and health products from their shelves as well. Helping Hands, a service organization based at Philemon, runs food pantries, community meals, clothing drives and other projects to help neighbors in need.  Anjenette Whitted, who organized all of the volunteers and runs Helping Hands, led us through a seamless event. Cars lined up down the street, and drove through two lines of volunteers ready to load their car. In all, the day filled the hearts of recipients and volunteers with a sense of community and support.

“I help because I can. You never know when you are the one who is going to need a helping hand” ~ Anjenette Whitted.