Saturday, October 13, 2007

Cleveland is Sweet (10/20)

Saturday, October 20th, 2007

In 1922, Herbert Birch Kingston, a Cleveland, Ohio philanthropist and candy company employee founded Sweetest Day.
He believed that the city's orphans and shut-ins often felt forgotten and neglected, so he conceived the idea of showing them they were remembered. He did this through the distribution of small gifts. With the help of his friends and neighbors, he distributed these small remembrances on a Saturday in October. During the years that followed, other Clevelanders began to participate in the celebration ceremony, which came to be called "Sweetest Day".

In time, the Sweetest Day idea of spreading cheer to the underprivileged was broadened to include everyone, and became an occasion for remembering others with a kind act or a small remembrance. And soon the idea spread to other cities all over the country. This holiday is much more important in some regions than in others (Detroit, Cleveland and Buffalo being the biggest Sweetest Day cities).

Now isn't that sweet?

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