The “Force” was clearly with Bobby Ina on a recent morning as he and a group of friends and clients gathered at the Montrose Toys R Us store to drop $6,000 on toys for patients of Akron Children, including Star Wars Legos and the other items expected to top wish lists this holiday season.
Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Store, a major underwriter of the Holiday Tree Festival, and its Inspiration Elves have been hard at work this year creating their own creative and icy version of a Frozen Winter Wonderland, which is a part of this year’s special raffle.
In the 33rd annual Holiday Tree Festival, Just B Design and Abshire and Haylan’s, a jewelry store in Stow, Ohio, wanted to do something unique with their tree, which they named Just B Hopeful.
Twinkling lights, beautifully-decorated trees and dazzling displays are set to shine at the 33rd annual Holiday Tree Festival, which for many, kicks off the holiday season on Nov. 22. The festival, which is presented by the volunteers of Akron Children’s Hospital, is expected to draw more than 250,000 visitors during its 9-day run.
Smiles with Style, a non-profit makeover organization, began at Akron Children’s Hospital with a little luck and a whole lot of good timing.
Jen Koch, executive director and creator of Smiles with Style, began volunteering at Akron Children’s more than two years ago and turned something as simple as braiding patients’ hair into a full-scale non-profit organization.
The story of Akron Children’s Hospital, dating back to 1890, includes an element about the power of volunteerism. A group of volunteers came together to talk about one thing – service above self.