About 40 people attended the Justice For Aliza BBQ & Hope Tote Collection event June 2 at South Chagrin Reservation.

But the more meaningful number was 90. That’s how many Hope Totes – filled with items such as new baby supplies, women’s toiletries, clothing and towels – for donation to Laura’s Home, The City Mission’s women’s crisis center in Cleveland.

Add those to the 40 Hope Totes collected on Mother’s Day at the same park location, near the intersection of Sulphur Springs Drive and Chagrin River Road in Bentleyville where a memorial bench was dedicated in Aliza Sherman’s honor, and local women in need will receive 130 bags of donations in memory of Sherman, who was stabbed to death March 24, 2013 in downtown Cleveland.

On top of the Hope Totes, Justice for Aliza also received $278 in donations.

Michael J. Parry, chief development officer for The City Mission, called the donations a “huge blessing” for the approximately 50 women and 100 children at Laura’s Home, and said Justice For Aliza’s efforts have been “inspiring.”

“It really touches my heart. Rather than retreating and withdrawing from society, Aliza’s family has chosen to be out there in the public view to take their grief – and probably their anger, some frustration – about the situation and try to channel into something productive and useful in a way that serves society,” Parry said at the event. “To do something beneficial to society in their mother’s name and memory, I think it’s a beautiful way for them to honor their mother and what she might’ve done if she were here.”

Jennifer Sherman, who led the Hope Tote collection effort, said she was “amazed by the response.”

“It’s been heartwarming to see so many people who want to contribute to a good cause in honor of my mom,” she said. “My mom was a big advocate of making a difference in the lives of others. We’re committed to seeing justice through, but in the meantime, there’s positive we can do in her honor. ... She would’ve totally loved to inspire people to make a difference.”

• For the CJN’s complete coverage of the Aliza Sherman murder, visit cjn.org/alizasherman.

About 40 people attended the Justice For Aliza BBQ & Hope Tote Collection event June 2 at South Chagrin Reservation.

But the more meaningful number was 90. That’s how many Hope Totes – filled with items such as new baby supplies, women’s toiletries, clothing and towels – for donation to Laura’s Home, The City Mission’s women’s crisis center in Cleveland.

Add those to the 40 Hope Totes collected on Mother’s Day at the same park location, near the intersection of Sulphur Springs Drive and Chagrin River Road in Bentleyville where a memorial bench was dedicated in Aliza Sherman’s honor, and local women in need will receive 130 bags of donations in memory of Sherman, who was stabbed to death March 24, 2013 in downtown Cleveland.

Michael J. Parry, chief development officer for The City Mission, called the donations a “huge blessing” for the approximately 50 women and 100 children at Laura’s Home, and said Justice For Aliza’s efforts have been “inspiring.”

“It really touches my heart. Rather than retreating and withdrawing from society, Aliza’s family has chosen to be out there in the public view to take their grief – and probably their anger, some frustration – about the situation and try to channel into something productive and useful in a way that serves society,” Parry said at the event. “To do something beneficial to society in their mother’s name and memory, I think it’s a beautiful way for them to honor their mother and what she might’ve done if she were here.”

Jennifer Sherman, who led the Hope Tote collection effort, said she was “amazed by the response.”

“It’s been heartwarming to see so many people who want to contribute to a good cause in honor of my mom,” she said. “My mom was a big advocate of making a difference in the lives of others. We’re committed to seeing justice through, but in the meantime, there’s positive we can do in her honor. ... She would’ve totally loved to inspire people to make a difference.”

• For the CJN’s complete coverage of the Aliza Sherman murder, visit cjn.org/alizasherman.

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