Christmas in July Food Drive Returns With Independence Day Parade

A spectator during the 2019 Independence Day Parade gives a food donation to a Christmas in July Food Drive volunteer.

The Christmas in July Food Drive returns this summer with in-person donations. The City of Parma will launch the month-long drive at its Independence Day Parade, 10 a.m., Saturday, July 3.

Padua High School student volunteers and city workers walking next to the Christmas in July float will collect donations along the parade route, which will travel south on Ridge Road from Snow Road to West Ridgewood Drive by The Shoppes at Parma. Spectators can bring their donations to the parade. When they see the Christmas in July float, they should wave down volunteers, who will then come to them to take their bagged items. The donations will help to fill the Parma Hunger Center’s pantry.

Items needed are canned corn; boxed, bagged and canned nonperishable food items; as well as non-food items such as napkins, facial tissue, paper towels, toothpaste, soap and other paper products and toiletries. 

In addition to the parade collection, donations will be collected throughout July in blue plastic bins located at Parma City Hall’s front lobby, Parma City Council Chamber, PSE Credit Union on Regency Road, University Hospitals Parma Medical Center’s front entrance and the Snow Road and Powers Boulevard library branches. These collection sites will be available starting Wednesday, July 7.

“Most people make food donations during the holidays, but it’s not on their minds during the summer months,” said City of Parma Communications Director Carolyn Kovach, who organizes the food drive. “Independence Day is a summer holiday when we can remind residents not to forget about the Parma Hunger Center’s need for support.” 

The Christmas in July Food Drive began several years ago under the direction of the City of Parma Mayor’s Office. 

“Last year, we could only promote online donations, due to the pandemic. But this year with the return of the parade and reopening of our donation sites, we can provide convenient collection sites for residents,” Mayor Tim DeGeeter said. “We appreciate the hard work of the Parma Hunger Center’s volunteers and the important role they play in helping residents, especially considering the challenges many residents faced this past year. This is a way for all of us to give back.”

Although in-person donations have returned, online donations are still an option. Residents can go to the Parma Hunger Center website at www.plcparma.org/donate.html to make a donation. After clicking on the donation button, the donor should select the Parma Hunger Center food program to make a donation and indicate it is for the Christmas in July campaign. 

For questions about the Christmas in July Food Drive, email ckovach@cityofparma-oh.gov with the subject line Food Drive.

Carolyn Kovach

Carolyn J. Kovach

Director of Communications, City of Parma, Mayor's Office

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Volume 13, Issue 7, Posted 10:15 AM, 07.14.2021