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“Shop until You Drop” has a new meaning for the Rotary Club of Canfield

March 7, 2018
The Town Crier

At a recent Rotary luncheon, Paula Kalaman, Executive Director of the Hope House Visitation Center in Youngstown was the speaker. Hope House provides a safe, homelike atmosphere where supervised visitations and exchanges can take place when there are issues of divorce, separation, or safety concerns for children. It is a non-profit public charity primarily funded by federal, state and private grants. Ms. Kalaman explained that it is the goal of the Center to help provide safety, stability, and nurturing for children in struggling families and to assist in maintaining an essential relationship with both parents and extended family members in a safe and cheerful setting.

When asked by a club member if Ms. Kalaman had a "wish-list" for the Center, she shared a very modest list of items such as postage stamps, disinfectant wipes, and after school snacks for the children. That's all the motivation Canfield Rotarians needed. At Canfield's Valentine Dinner/Dance, a collection for the agency was held and $1200 was collected. "Shop and Drop" plans were made.

On the Tuesday after the Canfield Valentine event, four Rotarians purchased the items so much needed and "dropped off" the items at Hope House. In addition to the items in the overloaded shopping carts, 576 postage stamps were also provided.

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Carolina Castelli-Figley, Chairperson of the Valentine Dinner/Dance; Margot Baird, Canfield Rotary President; Jane Perrett, Treasurer; Sieglinde Warren, Immediate Past District Rotary Governor, enjoy filling a wish list for Hope House in Youngstown.

Seeing a need in the greater Youngstown community and providing help is what Rotary is all about. Canfield Rotary meets every Friday at noon at the community building at Fair Park, Canfield.



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