Chef's Widow Gives

This week I have been approached by a few different local peeps to get the word out about some of the great & giving things going on around Cleveland (and Akron). As we begin this holiday season I try to focus my attention on the true meaning of the holiday season. That of giving.  To me holiday season isn't just about staying up till 3 am so I can buy a TV at Walmart for $30. It isn't about buying the newest & hippest toys for the mini's and it surely isn't about getting a bunch of shit I didn't need. To me holidays are simple. To me, it means taking a part of myself, whether it be my time, my love, my success  or my bounty and sharing with another who may not be as fortunate as I. It's a simple concept that so easily gets lost in the consumer madness of our country but can quickly be instilled in your holiday celebrations. All you need is some inspiration to get that giving going!

This week the Parma Food Bank asked if I would help spread the word that they are extremely LOW on food. They are accepting any and all food donations at the Verizon Wireless store on Day Drive. GIVE!!!

The stunning Old Stone Church also asked me to throw some love their way to raise awareness about their food drive. If you happen to be downtown this week or this weekend for winterfest all you have to do is walk thru their amazing doors and drop off a couple of food items for those in need. GIVE!!!!

 If you can't give up the craze of holiday shopping just yet, visit the Akron Children Hospital Holiday Tree Festival. The festival features over 400 trees, wreaths, and holiday decorations. All sales go directly to the Children's Hospital. They also have a Breakfast w/ Santa & Kids Day this Saturday that again raises money for the hospital. GIVE!!!! 

And what would giving be without some furry love? As most of you know I am obsessed with my dogs.Crazy dog lady obsessed. Search hashtag #potatothepitbull or #vitothepug on Instagram and you will see how serious my obsession is. Muttley Crue is a local to CLE animal rescue, who seems to be almost as obsessed with pitbulls as I am. This Friday Stella & Dot, a boutique-style jewelry and accessory company that have been featured in InStyle, Elle, Vogue, Teen Vogue & Oprah, are hosting an online Trunk Sale to benefit the Cleveland animal rescue. Shop= GIVE!!!!

These are but a few opportunities to give locally. I know there are many, many more. Please share in the comments section how you like to share yourself during the holidays. Share links and love to organizations or people that need a little extra this holiday season. GIVE!!!!