Handel’s “Koins for Kids” campaign and Firefighters’ Boot Drive to benefit Akron Children’s Hospital


The Handel’s “Koins for Kids” campaign season will kick-off this Saturday, Nov. 2 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. with a firefighters’ boot drive to benefit Akron Children’s Hospital Mahoning Valley.

Area firefighters will be collecting donations at the following intersections: Canfield and Meridian Road (Youngstown and Austintown Fire Departments), Belmont Avenue and Route 304 (Liberty Fire Department), Youngstown Poland Road and Wilson (Struthers Fire Department), South Avenue and Mathews Road (Boardman Fire Department), East Market and Elm Road (Warren Fire Department), Shield Road and Route 46 (Canfield Fire Department).

Now in its fifth year, the Handel’s “Koins for Kids” campaign has raised more than $100,000 for the hospital. In addition to the firefighters’ boot drive, local school children participate in the campaign by conducting fundraising activities and personalizing holiday snowman decorations in exchange for donations to the hospital. Registration is now underway for the school portion of the campaign, which will take place from Dec. 2 to Dec. 13. Schools in Mahoning, Trumbull and Columbiana counties are invited to participate and can register by contacting Handel’s at 330-702-8270. Students from participating schools will raise funds by personalizing paper snowman ornaments. The schools raising the most funds in each county, based on a percentage raised versus school enrollment, will receive an ice cream social plus a DJ for a school dance.

Jim Brown, Handel’s Chief Operating Officer, said, “It is our intent to help educate area children on the importance of helping those who are less fortunate, especially when those who are affected are their peers. We are fortunate to have Akron Children’s Hospital Mahoning Valley here in our community to serve our area families, and each year, thousands of local children are helped by the hospital’s programs and services.”

In addition to Handel's, other local sponsors include: Farmer's National Bank, Walgreen’s, 570 WKBN, WKBN - TV 27, and Youngstown State University. Additional information and registration materials are available by visiting or by contacting Handel’s Corporate Office at 330.702.8270

One hundred percent of the funds raised during the “Koins for Kids” campaign will stay in the Mahoning Valley to benefit local children and families.

“We are so grateful to Handel’s for spearheading the Koins for Kids Campaign, and we are thankful for the support of area firefighters, the schools and all of the children who participate in the campaign,” said JoAnn Stock, Akron Children’s Director of Development.

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