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Girls Give Back

Who We Are

Erin Stack and Kristen Weeden became fast friends when their daughters were in class together at Jack & Jill Nursery School back in 2003. Both have four daughters, creative minds, a love for everything vintage, and a call to help others. In 2006, they put their heads together and created a festival that would raise funds to benefit a local organization. The Summer Market was unique to the area and became a popular destination for visitors from all over Ohio. As the Summer Market grew, so too did the organizations and projects they were able to benefit.

Girls Give Back

With the success of the Summer Market, Erin and Kristen did some soul searching and homed in their ideas and wishes. Girls Give Back was created in 2012 with a preliminary thought to simply help those in need through random acts of kindness. This idea, although a good one, was just too big. They wanted to help EVERYONE! The girls came back together and discussed their strengths and how they could best use them. Their idea: to give the Gift of Home to those in need. Because this project was such a major undertaking (along with the Summer Market), Erin and Kristen decided to do this project every other year.  On the “off years,” a Day of Giving was created.

The Gift of Home

giving the gift of home to those in need

Home is a place of love and comfort that should welcome you with open arms. Girls Give Back hopes to create this home for local families in need. After a weekend away, families will return home to a fresh, clean home with new household items and an overall sense of comfort, serenity, and renewal.

Gift of Home #1

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Gift of Home #2 Crew

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Gift of Home #2 Before & After

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Gift of home crew

A Day of Giving

spreading joy through random acts of kindness

The year following the Gift of Home, the contractors and project team are invited to come together on one day to share $5,000+ throughout the community through random acts of kindness. The goal: to see smiles and invoke joy that we hope continues to spread after this special day.

Day of Giving #1

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giving isaac

The man sitting in the chair is in an Avon Lake Auto Shop getting a hole in his tire fixed. What he doesn’t know is that little Isaac has just paid the bill for this service.  

Market Chicks

Maggie, Brie, Maddie, Lily, Zoe, Sophia, Georgia, & Emilie are the eight Stack and Weeden girls, affectionately called Market Chicks. These girls have been a part of the Summer Market since the first day. Although Emilie wasn’t quite yet walking and the others were in preschool and elementary school, the girls have always been passionate about this event. The girls now help our vendors (and shop with them!) and run their own booth of handmade items.

Market Chicks photo

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  2. […] by a group called Girls Give Back, the day helps raise funds for local organizations. Group founders Erin Stack and Kristen Weeden […]