WARREN - Local residents received food items for a Thanksgiving meal and winter gloves and hats for the upcoming months as part of a local foundation's efforts to carry on the memory of a local man known for helping others.
The Do a Little Extra (DALE) Foundation recently held a distribution at the Warren Family Mission of food items and winter clothing for area residents.
The items were given in memory of Dale Settle Jr., a Newton Falls graduate who at age 22 was shot and killed during an armed robbery in September 2011 as he walking to a Bible study in Canton.
Sharon Lane, Settle's mother, said this is the third year for the giveaway.
"He saved his two friends during an armed robbery by jumping in front of them to take the bullet," she said.
Lane said family and friends of her son spent their time doing what he would would have done helping others.
Lane said her son was always doing things for other people, "even up to the last minutes of his life. He gave his life for his friends," she said.
Lane said the foundation was established in 2011 after his death to help others at Thanksgiving.
The first year the event was held shortly after Settles died in the neighborhood where he was shot, and last year it was at the Covelli Centre in Youngstown.
"I know he'd be very proud. He was always helping other people," Lane said.
Settle's sister, Jackie Braccio, was among those helping at the event. She said she hopes that when people read her brother's story, they will also be inspired to live their life helping others.
Michelle Beauchene with the Warren Family Mission said not only did people receive food vouchers, but winter clothing.
"It is awesome we were able to do this with the DALE Foundation's help,'' Beauchene said.
She said the mission contacted local agencies and Head Start classes to see which families were in need. More than 200 families left with all the groceries they'll need for a complete Thanksgiving dinner.
"A lot of people in the community are being blessed by this. We are honoring Dale and remembering him today," Beauchene said
The foundation also gave away coats, hats and gloves. The families were also given a $10 Giant Eagle gift card to use toward a turkey or whatever else they might need.
Donations can be made to help others that the Dale Settle Jr. Foundation at www.dalesettlejr.com.