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laylah a
6812 Woodland Ave
(Cleveland, East Cleveland, Bedford, Maple Heights)
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Donation Drive at Bumper Crop Farm - September 12th - 2pm to 6pm

the project

The Missing Link champions the importance of equipping our youth with the tools and skills necessary to lead productive lives. Over 50% of the families in Cuyahoga County live in poverty. Youth who experience poverty during their developmental years are at greater risk of experiencing Adverse Childhood Experiences (forms of neglect, abuse, and household dysfunction). These rates of poverty are higher in the areas intended for Coping Box distribution--which includes Cleveland, East Cleveland, Maple Heights, and Bedford. Adverse Childhood Experiences can occur in the home and the surrounding community. The new normal of masks, social distancing, and quarantining (courtesy of COVID-19) has added an unprecedented level of emotions to sort through, understand, express, and manage.

With the money raised, Project Coping Box will distribute 200 Coping Boxes to middle and high school students in Cuyahoga County. A Coping Box is a physical container that holds items that guide youth with calming and/or expressing emotions. The coping box is a means of ensuring that youth have access to healthy coping mechanisms.


the steps

WANT TO DONATE ITEMS? Drop Off Location: Our Favorite Things Boutique & Event Center at 12730 Larchmere Blvd, Cleveland, OH 44120

August 2020 - September 2020

  • Collect item donations through networking, personal/business connections
  • Promote community awareness of healthy coping via #31DaysofCoping campaign
  • Recruit volunteers and secure box assembly location
  • Build hand-made box items

September 2020 - October 2020

  • Distribute 200 boxes to Cleveland and surrounding suburbs home to at-risk youth
  • Open online pre-registration to the public 
  • Set up a table at Major Care Ministries Food Drive and various high traffic centers to register youth to receive Coping Boxes
  • Distribution locations: Major Care Ministries, Cleveland Rape Crisis Center, Bumper Crop Farm, Our Favorite Things Boutique and Events
  • Establish additional partnerships for registration and distribution 

Items Secured (donated)

  • ABC Learn providing books
  • Major Care Ministries providing all non-perishable snacks
  • Cleveland Rape Crisis Center providing all stress balls and chapstick
  • Our Favorite Things Boutique and Event Center providing Jax Games sets
  • Literacy in the Hood providing 200 books


WANT TO DONATE ITEMS? Drop Off Location: Our Favorite Things Boutique & Event Center at 12730 Larchmere Blvd, Cleveland, OH 44120

why we're doing it

We have developed Project Coping Box in an effort to assist youth (and their families) in navigating emotions of loneliness, stress, anxiety, anger, and more due to social isolation brought on by COVID-19:

  • Exposing youth to 10+ healthy coping mechanisms
  • Providing healthy coping mechanisms to replace unhealthy coping patterns
  • Enabling youth to determine which coping mechanisms are ideal for their personality
  • Encouraging parents and families to openly discuss emotions

*We are currently accepting item donations for Coping Boxes. The following items are needed:

  • Warm or Fuzzy Socks
  • Hard Candy 
  • Scented Lotion 
  • Journals 
  • Notebooks
  • Sketch Books
  • Colored Pencils
  • Mini Massagers (handheld, manual)
  • Jump Ropes
  • Bubble Wrap 
  • Jax games
  • Playing Cards
  • Dominos
  • Yo-Yo’s


WANT TO DONATE ITEMS? Drop Off Location: Our Favorite Things Boutique & Event Center at 12730 Larchmere Blvd, Cleveland, OH 44120


200 Coping Boxes: $2000
Support Staff: $500
Fiscal Sponsorship: $250 (10%)

COST PER BOX: $10.00

Each box will include 5 of the items below:

  • Jump Rope
  • Journal Made with Love*
  • Bubble Wrap
  • Stress balls *
  • Warm or Fuzzy Socks
  • Hard Candy *
  • Scented Lotion*
  • Notebook
  • Book *
  • Sketch Book
  • Colored Pencils
  • Affirmation Bags *
  • Mini Massagers (handheld, manual)
  • Granola/Cereal Bars *
  • Emotion Dictionary *
  • Bubble Wrap
  • Jacks game
  • Playing Cards
  • Dominos
  • Yo-Yo’s


ioby Platform Fee     waived
"ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%)(Donation processing fee does not apply to match funding.)"    $42
TOTAL TO RAISE =    $2,792
Donation processing fees apply to donations only. 100% of match funding goes to projects. Please note, fees are estimated here and final numbers may change based on the final amount raised and amount of match funding applied to this campaign.    


Donation Drive at Bumper Crop Farm - September 12th - 2pm to 6pm

Friends, stop by and say hi tomorrow Bumper Crop Farm! Learn more about Coping Boxes and The Missing Link.  Drop off a donation if it's feasible. There will also be live music, farm tours, games, and free food.

11305 Woodland Ave

#ProjectCopingBox #TheMissingLink

Project Partners Confirmed!

The Missing Link is extremely excited about Project Box and we would like to highlight our community partners who have made the committment to leverage their resources and connections to ensure successful execution. 

Major Care Ministries: Fiscal Sponsor, Registration, Item Donations, Distribution Location, Project Promotion

ABC Learn: Item Donations, Project Promotion

Cleveland Rape Crisis Center: Item Donations, Project Promotion

Bumper Crop Farm: Distribution Location, Project Promotion

Our Favorite Things Boutique & Event Center: Item Donations, Donation Drop Off Location, Distribution Location,  Project Promotion 

Literacy in the Hood: Item donations, Project Promotion 


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