Servant Leader Edsmen Rally For Local Community Center


One St. Edward High School student wanted to serve his community well, but in a way that did not involve another canned food drive. With his brother and a neighbor, he decided to collect baby clothing and cash donations for the Lakewood chapter of a crisis pregnancy organization called Birthright International.

“I was raised in a family that does a lot of pro-life work, so helping Birthright Lakewood was a natural choice,” said Anthony Crisafi, a rising senior at St. Ed’s and the organizer of the project. How did he find helpers? “I’m a twin,” explained Anthony, “so my brother Frank came to mind right away. His buddy Luke (Haymond), also an Edsman, wanted to help so we had a great team.” Making rounds through their west side neighborhood, the boys spent Mother’s Day going door-to-door explaining their mission and distributing plastic kitchen bags. The plan was to collect the bags six weeks later, on Father’s Day.

Donations began to come in that day with several trickling in over the following weeks. When the boys returned to collect the bags and deliver thank you notes on Father’s Day, they were overwhelmed at the generosity of their community. They collected everything from onesies and baby caps to generous checks and cash. All told, the Servant Eagles collected 12 bags of clothing and almost $800 in donations.

“Birthright is so grateful for the many beautiful donations of clothing, diapers, wipes, and other baby items that Anthony and his classmates were able to collect in their neighborhood,” exclaimed Toni Sabo, director of Birthright Lakewood. “Through their efforts we will be able to continue to supply beautiful layettes to our pregnant clients along with our other Birthright services.” A non-profit charitable organization that has been providing love and support for over 45 years, Birthright takes a non-moralistic, non-judgmental approach toward helping women through their pregnancy dilemmas. All services are free, personal and confidential.

For information or to make a donation:

Marilyn Crisafi

I am a mother of four teens who go to school in Lakewood and Rocky River.

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