Strimbu fund part of annual gift giving

FOUNDATION PRESENTS GRANTS: The Strimbu Memorial Fund Board of Directors voted to disperse grant allocations to local economic development and charitable organizations and individuals in need totaling $147,250. The effort was part of the 29th annual Gift Giving. Since its creation in 1990, the Strimbu Memorial Fund has provided more than $3.3 million in donations to local economic development, individuals, scholarships and charitable organizations. Just this past year, the fund awarded $207,000 in such grants and scholarships to local students. Grants were awarded to the following organizations: Community Library of the Shenango Valley, Glamorous Gutless Girls, Home for Jaime, Inspiring Minds, Joshua’s Haven, Meals on Wheels Shenango Valley, Meals on Wheels Trumbull County, Mercer County Coalition for Drug Awareness, Mercer County Mentoring, Military Affairs of Northeast Ohio, Penn-Northwest Development Corp., Prince of Peace Center, Shop with a Cop Program — Farrell, The American Red Cross, Lake to River Chapter, The Hope Center for Arts & Technology, The Salvation Army — Sharon, United Way of Mercer County and West Hill Ministries.

More information can be found on the Memorial Fund’s website, strimbumemorialfund.com.

TOY AND BOOK DRIVE: Several local businesses have launched holiday giving campaigns to benefit patients at Akron Children’s Hospital Mahoning Valley. Local toy and book drives and fundraisers include: Ghossain’s through Friday at locations in Niles and Boardman, Kraynak’s in Hermitage, Pa., through Friday, Starbucks Boardman, Austintown and Hermitage through Friday, Ace Hardware through Monday. Local participating Ace locations will be asking customers to round up their change at the register. For a list of the most-needed toy items, visit Akron Children’s website at akronchildrens.org/cms/patient-wish-lists.

LIONS CLUB HELPS: The Cortland Lions Club recently distributed food vouchers to residents of Cortview in need. Cortview is a senior housing community located in Cortland. The Cortland Lions Club was the original sponsor and instrumental in the development of Cortview. For membership opportunities available- contact cortlandlions@aol.com or call 330-219-4879.