Muransky Family Gives Back During Holiday Season

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6 Jan, 2021

The Muransky Family wants to make sure children, families, and seniors are taken care of this holiday season in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic and the rising cases in the Mahoning Valley.

Ed and Chris Muransky and their family along with Southwoods Health made a $100,000 donation to the United Way of Youngstown and the Mahoning Valley.

“We are so thankful for Ed and Chris Muransky and their family’s generosity. They have been with us since day one of the pandemic helping those most in need,” said Bob Hannon, President of the United Way of Youngstown and the Mahoning Valley. “As the COVID-19 cases continue to rise, this generous donation is helping us to respond to the increasing need across the Mahoning Valley. The Muransky family hopes this gift will inspire others to give back this holiday season.”

The United Way and Muransky Family hosted the Saturday of Caring Christmas Food Giveaway on December 12.

It was a drive-thru, pick-up food giveaway at the Covelli Centre in downtown Youngstown. We worked with our partner schools and non-profit agencies to get referrals for the giveaway. We served 2,600 from 700 families.

163 volunteers of all ages joined us the entire week to make sure we were able to successfully pull of this endeavor.

We had students from Boardman, Canfield, Campbell, Girard, Howland, and Youngstown.

Boardman High School Students helped pack the boxes and get them ready for the actual food distribution.
Girard High School students helping clean up after packing the boxes.
Staff and Administrators from Campbell City Schools volunteering to pack boxes.

We were joined by the entire YSU Football team.

YSU Football Team and Coaches were joined by other volunteers to help unload food and pack boxes for the Saturday distribution

Many were first time volunteers and many were loyal helpers who have been with us for years. Together, we came together to make sure people in need received food and some extra treats from Auntie Anne’s, Giannios Candies, and One Hot Cookie!

Volunteers braving the rain and cold to pass out special treats!

A special thank you to our partners at FedEx for supplying the boxes for all the non-perishable food items. We could not have done this without their support!

Throughout the pandemic, the United Way and Muransky Family have worked closely together to feed those in need. They started the Satur-Day of Caring in April of 2020, and volunteers delivered food to seniors, shut-ins, and families who could not get out because of the dangers of COVID-19.

They served 300 households every week for 8 weeks, and now deliver to those households once a month. So far, the Satur-Day of Caring has served 5,800 people in 2020. The December 12th giveaway was an expansion of this initiative.

In addition to the Saturday of Caring Christmas Giveaway, the United Way of Youngstown the Muransky Family partnered to provide a holiday dinners to the Rescue mission of the Mahoning Valley the week of Christmas.

United Way staff delivering dinner to the Rescue Mission on December 22.

Each night, United Way and the Muransky Family delivered a meal from local restaurants for the residents and clients of the mission. Thank you to Belleria Pizza STruthers, The Lake Club, and Chick-Fil-A Tiffany Square Plaza for providing the meals. We also want to thank our loyal partners at Giannios Candies and One Hot Cookie for proving dessert.

“Partnerships like this, where a company, a family and two non-profits team up to provide special Christmas meals for our homeless neighbors is truly what makes our Valley so special and the people who live here unique,” Lynn Wyant, Chief Development Officer at the Rescue Mission shared. “We anticipate that 100 men, women and children will enjoy these special Christmas meals nightly at the Mission this week. What a blessing.”

The generosity displayed by Chris and Ed Muransky as we as Southwoods Health will hopefully inspire others to give back to the community as we continue to face the Covid-19 pandemic into the new year. The Satur-Day of Caring will take place every third Saturday in 2021. There is currently a waiting list.