A new year offers opportunities to make a difference in your community:

PARMA, Ohio – The new year is a time to come away with a new slate. Many people make resolutions, some of which can be difficult to keep.

Why not consider something useful that will help a local group? One such opportunity is the historic Stearns Homestead in Parma, the last working farm in town and home to many animals. It is also the site of two historic houses. The farm offers tours and opportunities for people to learn about animals and farm operations. Visitors come from across the South West region and beyond to experience the property and its assets.

Even if volunteering to work on the farm isn’t your thing, there are opportunities to make a difference and help the homestead – owned by the city and managed by the Parma Area Historical Society – remains a valuable asset to the community.

One easy way is to purchase items from the property’s “wish list”. The list includes animal feed and care, which means purchasing the following feeds:

Plain cheerios / generic O’s cereals

Leaf lettuce and other green vegetables

Canned pumpkin (no pie mix)

Cat food (box or dry)

Apples (except Granny Smith)

Empty egg cartons (size of a dozen)

Buy stream

Donations can also be made on behalf of the Parma Area Historical Society / Stearns Homestead to the Grace Brothers in North Royalton. Donations will be used directly to cover food costs.

The following items are still needed:

· Straw

Pet bedding packs

Canned and dry cat food

Small rubber or metal bowls that won’t tip over or heavy feeding dishes

Cloth napkins

· Paper napkins

Cleaning cloths

Individually wrapped hand warmers (for our volunteers and on-farm cats)

The Historical Society of the Parma Region provides food and care for all farm animals and maintains the farm through the sale of animal feed, animal “adoptions”, items purchased from the store campaign and donations from farm friends. There is also an Amazon Wish List on the Facebook page. Use “AmazonSmile” to add donations to the property.

The farm, which is closed for the winter, is located at 6975 Ridge Road, Parma. Visit stearnshomestead.com or the Facebook page for more information.

Gift of life: Another opportunity to help others in the New Year is to donate blood. There is a serious shortage right now.

Independence will be hosting a Red Cross blood drive from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. on January 10 in the Red Oak Room at the Independence Civic Center, 6363 Selig Drive, Independence.

Appointments are highly recommended. Visit redcrossblood.org or call 800-733-2767 to make an appointment or for more information.

Donors must be at least 17 years old (16 with parental permission), meet height and weight requirements (at least 110 pounds based on height), and be in good general health.

Donors should bring their Red Cross blood donor card or other identification.

Help others: Another opportunity is to join a nonprofit community service organization to help give back to the community. One such group is the Kiwanis Club, an international organization of volunteers dedicated to making the world a better place, one child at a time. Many communities, including Parma and Independence, have clubs.

The Independence Kiwanis Club meets at 6 p.m. on the second and fourth Monday of the month at the Independence Civic Center, 6363 Selig Drive, Independence. The club is celebrating its 70th anniversary this year and had planned a celebration on January 14. Unfortunately, rising COVID-19 rates forced the event to be canceled.

Some of the group’s activities include Santa’s delivery service, pancake breakfasts, Easter egg hunt, fishing tournament, fall chicken barbecue, participation in the annual Home Days celebration of the city, the treasure hunt, the golf outing, garage sales (the next one is scheduled for April 2). , a flag contest and more. They also sponsor a Builders Club at Independence Middle School.

The club’s mailing address is Kiwanis Club of Independence, 8208 Hillside, Independence, Ohio 44131

The Parma Area Kiwanis Club meets at 7.15am on the first Wednesday of the month at the Pappou Café Restaurant, 8320 Snow Road, Parma.

If breakfast is not suitable, the club invites potential members to join them for lunch at noon on the third Wednesday, also at Pappou’s.

Some of the events the club participates in include Halloween Trunk or Treat and the annual Christmas Parade. The group also sponsors key clubs in high schools in the region.

For more information visit parmaareakiwanis.org, call 440-882-2012 or email [email protected].

History buffs: If you enjoy preserving local history, consider learning more about the community’s historical society.

In Brooklyn, the Historical Society Museum is located at 4442 Ridge Road, Brooklyn. Regular hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, by appointment at other times. The museum is closed on public holiday weekends. The library – which is not a lending library – is accessible only by appointment.

Historical Society meetings are normally held at 7:00 p.m. on the last Wednesday of the month in March, April, May, June, September, and October.

Organizations and groups are encouraged to plan visits to the museum. Call 216-749-2804 during business hours for special events, meeting dates and tour planning. If there is no response, call one of the numbers suggested on the recording or send an email message to [email protected]

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