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Helping Out: Free Coffee, Shelter and Cell Phone Charging

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It’s no secret: Many people in Avon Lake, one of the hardest hit communities in Northeast Ohio by the aftereffects of Hurricane Sandy, have been using the Internet, including Avon-Avon Lake Patch’s Facebook page, as a source of communication to get through the week.

Businesses have been emailing and posting where to get help on our Facebook page, as have city leaders.

On Nov. 1, at 11 a.m. , Councilwoman Jennifer Fenderbosch posted on our Facebook page that the city of Avon Lake has just learned there may be some residents in Avon Lake without power through Monday, Nov. 5. Residents are also reporting receiving a CodeRED message of power out possibly until Tuesday.

““CEI just notified the City that it may be until Monday at midnight until all power has been restored. Call the Avon Lake Police At 440-933-4567 or Fire departments 440-933-8305 if you need temporary shelter. The Red Cross is standing by to assist,” she wrote.  “All who are without power need to report it to CEI directly by calling 1-800-589-3101 or 1-888-LIGHTSS (888-544-4877) be sure to stay on the line for a repair ticket number.”

Avon Lake residents in need of overnight shelter should contact the city’s safety forces.

Local businesses are also stepping up. Here are some tips we found.

  • Jake’s on the Lake is offering free, hot coffee to any resident wanting a warm place to sit and drink coffee. They are open from 11 until 9 and are located at 32485 Lake Road, Avon Lake 440-933-8304. – via Facebook.
  • Avon Lake Presbyterian Church, at 32340 Electric Blvd., Avon Lake, is offering daytime shelter. Those without power can use the church’s kitchen and warm building. The facility has bathrooms but no shower. Not intended for overnight shelter. The church is usually open from 8 a.m. 0 4 p.m. 440-933-6240  for more information.
  • at 900 Nagel Road (right over the tracks from Avon Lake’s Lear Road) is offering to let people charge cell phones. They will even “babysit” your phone while it charges.
  • Newly opened Primitive Country Memories in Avon noted many people have suffered property damage and loss of their belongings due to flooding and power outages. “We realize that a lot of people keep their seasonal decorations in their basements and may have lost it all,” owner Jody Schaffer said by email. They are offering 25 percent off Christmas decor purchase through Nov. 15. "Just bring in a photo or something showing the loss. We hope this helps a little.”

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