Corrie Taylor, Director of Development
b: 216-274-3492 or c: 216-385-8083
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
FRONTLINE SERVICE TEAMS WITH GEIGER’S TO PROVIDE TOYS AND COATS FOR THE HOMELESS
(November 6, 2017, Cleveland) FrontLine Service, Cuyahoga County’s largest provider of services to help the homeless, has joined forces with Geiger’s in a program to make sure families in poverty receive toys and basic need items this holiday season. The organizations are also cooperating on a parallel program to provide coats to help the homeless over a cold Cleveland winter.
FrontLine Service has recruited over 18 companies plus individuals who will participate in this year’s “Twinkle Shop” by encouraging their employees to donate new unopened toys and basic need items for over 200 children.
Geiger’s stores in Lakewood, Chagrin Falls and Downtown Cleveland will serve as collection points where donors can bring in these toys for distribution at the “Twinkle Shop” event on December 13, 2017. Seventy families with over 200 children who were homeless and receive support through FrontLine’s young adult, family and veterans’ housing program will be attending the event. Over 100 volunteers will be there..
The toy drive begins on November 1; final drop off will be December 10. Toys can be delivered to Geiger’s at 14710 Detroit Avenue in Lakewood, Geiger’s in the Chagrin Shopping Plaza in Chagrin Falls, and Geiger’s Downtown at 1020 Euclid Avenue, next to Heinen’s. Lakewood and Chagrin Falls are open – Mon.-Thurs. 10am-8pm, Fri.-Sat. 10am-6pm, Sun. Noon-5pm. The Downtown store is open – Mon.-Thurs. 11am-7pm, Fri. 11am-6pm, Sat. 10am-6pm., Sun. 11am-5pm. More information at shopgeigers.com.
Concurrent with the toy drive, FrontLine Service and Geiger’s are asking Clevelanders to donate “gently used” coats to the homeless. Coats can be dropped off at Geiger’s stores from November 27 through December 10. Everyone donating a coat will receive a $25 Geiger’s Gift Card, good on the purchase of a new coat.
Last year Geiger’s and FrontLine Service provided hundreds of warm winter coats to Cleveland’s homeless community.
“We are so grateful for the generosity of Geiger’s. Winter is always such a difficult time for those who are homeless. The toys and coats that will be donated will make a difference for many children and adults in our community this winter,” FrontLine Service Executive Director Susan Neth said.
“We are most impressed with the remarkable programs FrontLine provides to the homeless and others throughout the county,” Geiger’s President Chas Geiger said. “We are proud to team up with them and invite our customers to make a very meaningful donation to a homeless person.”
FrontLine Service is a private non-profit community organization that provides mental health, substance use, and supportive services to more than 30,000 adults and children annually. The agency serves the most vulnerable members of Cuyahoga County: those who are homeless, individuals with severe mental illness and substance use disorders, and adults and children who have experienced crisis and trauma. FrontLine has been serving people who are homeless in Cuyahoga County for more than 30 years. Today, the agency has a comprehensive homeless housing continuum which includes assertive homeless outreach services, a centralized coordinated intake for homeless people seeking shelter and housing, transitional housing, permanent supportive housing, employment services, case management, and psychiatric services, along with supportive services for the county’s Housing First Initiative, which provides permanent supportive housing to chronically homeless, disabled individuals.
Geiger’s, which began in Lakewood 85 years ago, offers a complete range of the best brands in ski and snowboard gear, clothing, shoes and accessories. The company is managed by brothers Chas and Gordon Geiger and their wives, Patti and Susan, representing the third generation of Geigers to provide a personalized shopping experience. They are assisted by Geiger’s fourth generation – Christy and John.
2017 FRONTLINE SERVICE TWINKLE SHOP PARTICIPANTS
American Mutual Life Association
Cleveland Clinic, Euclid Hospital
Cleveland Kitchen and Design
Cleveland State University Viking Expeditions
First Federal of Lakewood
Oatey Supply Chain Services Inc.
St. Peter Church
University Hospitals, Dept. of Psychiatry
Weltman, Weinberg & Reis
Charles F. Mullen
Warwick Products, Inc.