NORTH CANTON The Canton Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) held its 10th annual Everyday American Heroes ceremony on April 4 at the Faith United Methodist Church in North Canton. Six local heroes were honored.
The local awards presentation was started by Audrey Morrison. She attended a program in Columbus for DAR more than a decade ago while she was a regent. The trip was significant to her because it helped her form the Every Day American Heroes awards program.
She wanted to have a way to honor Stark County residents who have made a difference in the everyday lives of others. Ten years later, she continues to look through local newspapers for stories of people in the area who are doing something significant for others.
"We continue to present Every Day American Heroes awards to those everyday citizens, of any age from pre-k to aged 90 plus, who make a difference in their communities," Morrison said.
The class of 2018 Every Day American Heroes include the following six recipients:
- Youtz Elementary fifth grade teacher Andrew Weaver and Canton Firefighter/Paramedic Justin Deierling. Weaver realized that many girls in his class didn’t have a father or male to attend a Queen and Prince dance held for the girls at his school.
He posted his heartbreaking thoughts about the girls not wanting to attend the dance and the reason why on his Facebook page where Justin Deierling read about the dilemma. Together, they brought 14 firefighters to the dance, all dressed in uniform. Most were off-duty, the on-duty firefighters came in a fire truck with 15 wristlet corsages for the girls in Weaver’s class.
- Compassion Delivered: Amanda and Daniel Anschutz started the non-profit organization to deliver medically tailored meals to people with serious illnesses in 2017. The organization provides nutritional meals, at no cost, to people coping with chronic, life threatening illnesses and diseases.
Amanda and Daniel feel it’s a good way to give back to the community. Amanda takes care of the business side and Daniel is the executive chef. They are grateful to all of their volunteers and look forward to serving more individuals as the organization grows.
- The First Tee: The mission of the organization is to impact the lives of young people by providing additional programs that would build character, instill life enhancing values and promote healthy choices through the game of golf.
Angelo Palomba and Terry Taylor accepted the award for The First Tee. For many of the teens who participate, it is their first experience with the game of golf. The group aims to build core values with youth and create a love for the game.
- Faith Kitchen is a soup kitchen sponsored by Faith United Methodist Church in North Canton and held at a church in downtown Canton. The group was awarded the No. 1 Soup Kitchen from Stark County Hunger Task Force for 2017.
The project operates on donations, volunteers and prayers. It partners with the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank and Stark County Hunger Task Force. Fran and Bill Henne accepted the award for the organization.
- Rebuilding Together is a volunteer program that provides home improvement for low-income, active duty or veteran families. The group partners with the Sears "Heroes at Home" fundraising campaign.
Last year, the volunteers from area companies and the Stark County Honor Court spent two days repairing the homes of two Stark County veterans. They put in a combined 350 hours of work and $6,000 worth of fixes. Paul Holm and Stephen Haines accepted the award.
- Larry Kehres, former Mount Union football coach, also received a DAR award. He is the husband of one of the members of DAR. As the current Mount Union athletics administrator and former player and coach, he was inducted into the 2017 College Football Hall of Fame during the 60th NFF Annual Awards Dinner held at the New York Hilton Midtown.
Kehres was head football coach from 1986-2012 and retired in 2013 with a 332-24-3 win, loss and tie record.
DAR is a non-political service organization open to any woman who is directly descended from a person involved with the United States’ struggle for independence. As a non-profit group, DAR promotes historic preservation, education and patriotism.
For more information about he Every Day Hero program, contact Morrison at 330-494-6319. For more information about DAR, contact Joanne Malene, Regent at 330-494-5760.