Hundreds of local families and older adults need additional support during the pandemic. The Division of Children and Family Services (DCFS) and the Division of Senior and Adult Services (DSAS) stepped up to help through Operation Cuyahoga Cares.
Operation Cuyahoga Cares is a call to action to adopt a family, older adult, or adult with disabilities through a one-time gift card donation for necessities – from hand soap to food.
DCFS worked diligently to identify families who need some extra help during the COVID-19 health and employment crisis. More than $30,000 from 138 donors was collected which allowed us to connect over 190 families with local individuals, groups and companies who signed on to help. Additionally, DSAS received 31 nominations for individuals in need. They raised enough money to give all 31 individuals nominated a $25 gift card through Operation Cuyahoga Cares for Elders.
Most of the funds are being used to supplement basic needs like groceries and other household items. Many families have expressed their gratitude with thank you notes saying, “I'm very grateful and appreciate this so much we really need this" and “This truly means A LOT to us and definitely put a positive spin to the end of this hectic week. Thank you once again truly from the bottom of our hearts." Operation Cuyahoga Cares is a testament to the power of our caring community and the difference we all make in the lives of the children and families we work with.