Zagara’s and local police departments to help Cleveland Sight Center deliver holiday food baskets

Zagara’s Marketplace will serve as the pick-up location for the Cleveland Sight Center’s holiday food baskets. With the remodeling of the center’s building on East 101st Street in Cleveland, the center needed a new location for its annual holiday food basket delivery to blind or visually impaired clients. The center is temporarily located at the Coventry School building in Cleveland Heights.

On Thursday, Dec. 8, police officers from several local departments will meet at Zagara’s Marketplace to pick up and deliver holiday food baskets to community residents who are blind or visually impaired. This is the 29th year that the Cleveland Police Department has led the effort, which will be supported by officers from the Cleveland Heights, Cleveland Metropolitan Housing Authority, Cleveland State University, Euclid, University Circle, University Heights, Lakewood and Warrensville Heights police departments.

As in prior years, many volunteers will help to prepare the baskets, filling them with food donated by Zagara’s Marketplace and the Cleveland Sight Center. Toys for Tots will donate stuffed animals for the children, Orlando Baking Company will donate dinner rolls, and the Cleveland West Shore Delta Gamma Alumnae Chapter will donate apples. Nearly 180 baskets will be delivered this year to 150 families, including clients from infants to seniors.

The Cleveland West Shore Delta Gamma Alumnae Chapter will be at Zagara’s Marketplace on Tuesday, Dec. 6, at 8 a.m., to prepare the baskets for delivery.

The Cleveland Sight Center is a nonprofit agency founded in 1906 that provides people of all ages who are blind or visually impaired with educational, rehabilitative, preventative and other vision support services to help them improve their quality of life. For more information, visit www.clevelandsightcenter.org or call 216-791-8118.

Gary Convertino

Gary Convertino is the director of human resources and volunteer services for the Cleveland Sight Center.

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Volume 5, Issue 1, Posted 11:11 AM, 11.22.2011