TBIRC marked its seventh anniversary in April; and, to celebrate the day, the Center held an open house and bike helmet giveaway for both children and adults. Over 200 attendees were fitted with the help of staff from Werzel’s Bike Shop, a co-sponsor of the event. Employees from Mercy Health, another co-sponsor, were on hand to demonstrate to kids the benefit of wearing a helmet by dropping eggs: one with a “helmet” and the other without. The Mercy Stroke Bus, a state-of-the-art ambulance with an on-board CT scanner was available for tours. Finally, the Amazing Eli made an appearance, creating balloon creatures and performing tricks. Despite a little rain early on, it was a perfect day for us to promote brain injury prevention. After all, the use of helmets has been shown to significantly reduce the level of injury caused in biking-related accidents!
Begin October 1st and running throughout the remainder of the year, we will hold a food drive to stock our pantry for the holidays. The Center will be open Saturdays from 10 AM to 2 PM for drop-off donations. Through the food pantry, TBIRC provides much needed assistance to those suffering the debilitating effects of neurological disorders including not only traumatic brain injury (TBI) but also stroke, chemo-brain as the result of brain cancer, multiple sclerosis and other disorders. Our pantry, however, offers more than just sustenance; we use it to teach brain injury survivors and their caregivers how important proper nutrition is to brain health, rehabilitation, and recovery.
The pantry serves as a focal point in our programming. Individuals that participate in therapy with a purpose tend to get more from their efforts; and through our pantry, survivors help others. Following multi-step instructions in structured workstations, they prepare care packages for distribution by a local food pantry. Last year, we assembled 2,162 care packages, and the need in our community has only increased in 2022. Year-to-date, we have already made 1,800 care packages and anticipate the need to increase over the holiday season.
The Center seeks corporate sponsors to support this event. If you and your organization would like to support our drive, we can do most of the work for you! We have food receptacles with signage to make the process simple. Just call us at 419-214-0555 to arrange for receptacle drop-off. When you’re ready, call us back and we will pick it up.
Food Pantry Wish List
Brain injury survives require high levels of protein to promote recovery!
- High protein pasta/pasta sauce any kind
- Canned meat (tuna, chicken, etc.)
- High protein pancake mix/syrup
- Peanut butter/Jelly
- Manwich sloppy joe mix
- Noodles any kind
- Beans any kind
- Protein bars any kind with low sugar content
- Protein drinks any kind with low sugar content
- Crackers any kind
- Soup any kind with high protein
- Sugar, flour, vegetable oil or olive oil
- Macaroni and cheese any kind
- Toiletries/dish soap/paper towels
- New socks, gloves, hats or underwear any size
Since the onset of the pandemic forced social distancing for the safety of those at the Center, new approaches to programming needed to be considered. For the past several months, survivors have been assembling packages that are donated back into our community. Whether it’s book bags packed with school supplies, food packages that include all the ingredients to prepare a meal along with written insturctions, or toiletry kits filled with daily essentials, survivors have gained not only from working on the multistep tasks of assembling these kits, but they have also felt the satisfaction of helping others. The latest effort focuses on bags for boys and girls filled with Halloween treats.
As cooler temperatures settle into Northwest Ohio this Fall, the Center kicks off its Fall Fleece Frenzy fundraiser. We will be open Saturdays from 10 AM to 2 PM for shopping. Our no-sew fleece blankets are made with care by brain injury survivors, caregivers and volunteers and make great gifts. We have a variety of patterns to choose from in a range of categories including holidays, sports teams, and characters. You can even shop our online store at this link and arrange for local pickup!
In November 2019 Bob Woodruff, ABC journalist and traumatic brain injury survivor visited TBIRC to share his story with other survivors. Recently Jackie Moore, founder and executive director, shared a conversation with Bob regarding their paths to a new life after brain injury.
To learn more about Rogue Trip, one of Bob’s latest projects with National Geographic and Disney+ where he partnered with his son, Mack, to visit 6 countries off the beaten path, click on the image below.