the quality of being friendly, generous, and considerate

Kindness comes in all sizes. Something as simple as saying thank you to the grocery store clerk can go a long way these days. There are so many ways to help right now.

If you join the Stark Cares Covid-19 Community Network on Facebook, you’ll find many opportunities to be a helper. You can also check out the group’s website.

The group description says “This is a mutual aid group for Stark County residents. We are here to share resources, give help when able, ask for help when we need it, and support our neighbors through this time of crisis while we face the COVID-19 pandemic. *Do what you can, where you are, and with the resources that you have*”

The group was started by North Canton resident, Lorraine Wilburn. It was in this group that the library learned about a need for handmade masks. We created and shared a graphic for the mask collection and that post was shared more than 700 times resulting in a total reach of more than 70,000 people. The facemask initiative was started by Angela Perkins, owner of North Canton’s own Poggio Amorelli Bed and Breakfast. Today’s Canton Repository has a story about the initiative.

Stark Cares Covid-19 Community Network also shares information many other initiatives including local food pantries such as the North Canton Cares Pantry, which served 181 families this past Monday.

We’ve followed along to see others in our community caring for neighbors, picking up groceries for the homebound, buying meals for nurses on the frontlines, creating inspiring sidewalk art, and so much more.

Be a helper, offer some kindness, and check off that square on our community engagement “bingo” board.





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