Tuesday, April 30, 2013
From hundreds of miles away, Terry Evans works tirelessly, year round, to ensure that children in the mountains of West Virginia don’t go to bed hungry. Sponsored by Grape-Nuts.
About this sponsorship: In honor of the 60th anniversary of Sir Edmund Hillary's historic ascent of Mount Everest, Patch and Grape-Nuts are teaming up to highlight those who inspire people around them to club their own mountains. For almost 25 years, Terry Evans has served as Santa. The Middleburg Heights woman has collected items to send to the coal region of West Virginia, where she was born and raised. Since she left the area for Cleveland in 1956, the Appalachian coal mines have fallen on extremely hard times. And without Evans' help, the children there might otherwise not have had Christmas over the years. Evans founded her organization, We Care, in Strongsville, OH, after a trip home to Seth, W.V., for a high school reunion. When she…
Saturday, December 10, 2011
Firefighters and other volunteers pack up food, clothes and gifts for kids in Appalachia
Strongsville firefighters and other volunteers are on their way to a poverty-stricken region of Appalachia to deliver food, clothing and gifts to needy kids for Christmas. The effort is overseen by We Care, a Strongsville-based charity that for the last 22 years has tried to make Christmas special for children in a rural part of West Virginia. Group leader Terry Evans said the kids would otherwise have no gifts or dinner on the holiday. Strongsville firefighters typically volunteer to drive the truck, and always are on hand to help load it with donated shoes, coats, clothing, food and toys.
Saturday, November 19, 2011
Terry Evans saw the need in her hometown, so she did something about it
The Huffington Post has chosen Terry Evans as its "Greatest Person of the Day" -- an honor recognizing people who make a difference. Here's part of Terry Evans' Christmas shopping list: 300 pairs of shoes. Dozens of coats. Stacks of scarves. A few hundred turkeys. Daunting? Sure. But Evans -- with a lot of help from the community -- won't rest until she has delivered Christmas to a poverty-stricken region of West Virginia. "I get so much joy in knowing the kids down there are enjoying the holidays like we are," said Evans, who runs a Strongsville-based organization called We Care. "On Christmas, I'll know that tonight, they'll have something to eat." This is the 22nd year she and a crew of volunteers will load a truck with clothes, …
Thursday, November 10, 2011
Group still looking for a place to store its donations to Appalachian children
We Care, a Strongsville-based group that provides Christmas meals and gifts to hundreds of kids in the Appalachian region of West Virginia, still has no place to drop off or store donated items. The group lost its home when a retail plaza on Pearl Road just south of Royalton Road was razed. For more than two decades, We Care used space at ERA Page One Realty, 14400 Pearl Rd., as a collection and packing site. "We would box and pack there," said Terry Evans, who runs We Care. "We also had some room to store our food." The group is hoping someone in the community will donate about 800 square feet it can use from for the next few weeks to collect and pack clothes, toys and food it loads into trucks and delivers to children in one of the …
Tuesday, September 6, 2011
Time is running short for charitable group to find a collection site for donations
Christmas is coming fast for We Care, and the group still needs to find someplace to have it. The Strongsville-based group that for 22 years has made Christmas bright for kids in the Appalachian region lost its home this summer and has not yet found a new one. "I'm very surprised," said Terry Evans, who runs We Care. "I thought with all the empty space in Strongsville, someone would come forward." The group was displaced when a retail plaza on Pearl Road just south of Royalton Road was razed. For more than two decades, We Care used space at ERA Page One Realty, 14400 Pearl Rd., as a collection and packing site. "We would box and pack there," Evans said. "We also had some room to store our food." The group is still hoping someone in the …