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Stark County Fairgrounds to host Kind Hearts Day this Saturday

The Kind Hearts Project is hosting its signature event this Saturday, Sept. 24. The entire community is encouraged to attend, especially parents with young children.

The Kind Hearts Project will provide free backpacks to as many 450 children attending.
Contributed / The Kind Hearts Project
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STARK COUNTY — A charity group affiliated with the Stark County Association of Deputies called the Kind Hearts Project will be hosting Kind Hearts Day at the Stark County Fairgrounds from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, September 24.

Hot dogs and chips will be available free of charge, as well as free cotton candy and snow cones courtesy of Entertainment Explosion. Food vendors including Just Greek It and 3J’s Kettle Corn will be selling food on-site, as dozens of area first responders mingle with attendees.

The Kind Hearts Project will provide free backpacks to as many as 450 children attending, with ample opportunities for fun in the form of bounce houses and inflatable obstacle courses on-site.

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The event’s primary organizer is Marina Marsh, an office specialist at the Stark County Sheriff’s Office and daughter of Stark County Commissioner Bernie Marsh.

“The Kind Hearts Project is basically the community supporting the community. Everyone wants to help, but most people think that one person can’t make a big difference,” Marsh said. “A small donation seems discouraging to some people, but when small donations are added up it makes a huge impact.”


All proceeds are given to the Stark County Association of Deputies, which determines how the funds can best help families and children across the Stark County.

Maxsonn Marsh, Marinna Marsh and Bernie Marsh proudly wear their t-shirt design featured in their Kind Hearts for Stark County Community project.
Contributed / Marinna Marsh

The association will also be taking direct donations of non-perishable food items for local pantries at the event.

Area residents seeking to show support for the Kind Hearts Project, while assisting in funding the program, can purchase apparel at Bernie’s Esquire Club, Aloha Tan or online at thekindheartsproject.square.site.

For more information about the community program or the forthcoming event, visit the Kind Hearts Project's Facebook page.

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Jason O’Day is a University of Iowa graduate, with Bachelor’s Degrees in Journalism and Political Science. Before moving to Dickinson in September of 2021, he was a general news reporter at the Creston News Advertiser in rural southwest Iowa. He was born and raised in Davenport, Iowa. With a passion for the outdoors and his Catholic faith, he’s loving life on the Western Edge.
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