Warren Family Mission plans more giveaways as area reels from job loss

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It was Free Milk Friday at the Warren Family Mission.

The food went so fast, the giveaway started at 9:30 a.m. and only lasted a couple of hours.

It wasn’t just a milk giveaway. There were also baked goods, apples, potatoes and soap.

This was the first one that the Warren Family Mission held since General Motors shut down, laying off thousands of people around the Valley. 

Not only is the mission preparing if more people need assistance because of job loss, but layoffs also impacts its incoming donations.

From the first layoffs of second and third shifts at GM Lordstown, the Warren Family Mission saw a $200,000 drop in its budget.

“It hits us from both ends of the spectrum,” said Director of Public Relations Dominic Mararri. “They’re fearful to give financially to a nonprofit. When it comes to paying the bills or going on vacation, we’re the last to get the money.” 

Still, the Warren Family Mission plans to add more giveaway days, including Free Meat Monday. Because of such a high turnout for its first event, the mission plans to hold another event in the coming month.

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