On Friday, $1,000 checks were handed out at Canalside Tattoo by members of the #MedinaStrong campaign to the Orleans Community Health Foundation and Orleans County Office for the Aging. These donations were generated by #MedinaStrong t-shirt sales, led by community business owners Scott Robinson, Shawn Ramsey, Alex Gilman and Chris Kozody.
“I just think it is so fabulous to see organizations and individuals step up to the plate to help out the non-profits within Orleans County,” said Heather Smith, OCH Foundation Executive Director. In total, the foundation has accepted two payments from #MedinaStrong t-shirt proceeds. A springtime donation of $2,580 and Friday’s amount for another $1,000. Remarking on the abundance of charity from around the county, Smith said, “It makes us feels we know how much the community cares about us, especially during this time.”
Melissa Balanar, Director at the Orleans County Office for the Aging, accepted Friday’s $1000 donation for the organization, noting, “The more contributions we have, we can put that towards our homecare services, meals on wheels program and transportation.” On top of donations, she discussed an abundance of community support in 2020, “We’ve had a lot of volunteers step up to the plate, which has created a lot of great relationships and connections.”
The #MedinaStrong slogan came to be after owners of the Shirt Factory Café in Medina, Chris Kozody, Scott Robinson and Alex Gilman, were determining ways to lift community morale early on in the pandemic. Soon thereafter, Shawn Ramsey, Owner at Canalside Tattoo in Medina, joined in to work on a t-shirt campaign, raising proceeds for organizations that could best help the community during hard times.
In total, two batches of #MedinaStrong shirts have been made and sold, with 200 red shirts initially being purchased, and 120 blue shirts after that. Ramsey noted that the shirts have not only been bought locally, but all around the country, with frequent purchases from states like Texas and North Carolina.
FEATURE PHOTO: (Left-to-Right): Melissa Balanar, Director at Orleans County Office for the Aging; Shawn Ramsey, Owner at Canalside Tattoo; Chris Kozody, Co-Owner at Shirt Factory Cafe’; Scott Robinson, Co-Owner at Shirt Factory Cafe’; and Heather Smith, OCH Foundation Director.