Tag Archives: christmas

Repo company gives holiday cheer to Garfield Heights single mother


From Cleveland.com:

“GARFIELD HEIGHTS, OH — “I am overwhelmed with joy, ” said Diana Parks as she and her daughter Ania Parks, 10, watched Relentless Recovery employees bring boxes of Christmas gifts to their home in Garfield Heights on Wednesday.

Two weeks ago, Relentless Recovery came to repossess Diana Parks’ car. This week they are bringing gifts. Parks, a single mother, fell behind on payments after she was diagnosed with a pituitary tumor in May. She now has seizures and difficulty walking, making her unable to work as a pharmacy technician. She also had to drop out of school at Cleveland State University where she was a full-time student studying for a double major in chemistry and pre-pharmacy. “I was working so hard so we could do better,” she said. “And then I got sick.”

When Scott from Relentless Recovery came to the door, Parks thought she was having a seizure and he offered to call 911. Feeling better, Parks talked to him for an hour. Instead of taking the car, he wept. Scott pulled cash out of his own pocket and insisted Parks take it. He told his boss he’d give up half his paycheck until her car payments were up to date.  Amy Bednar, owner of Relentless Recovery, wouldn’t take his money. The company agreed to cover her delinquent car payments themselves. They’re looking to help with rent, too. They asked for Ania’s Christmas gift list and divided it among their staff members.”

I don’t really have much to say about this one, no “hot take”, no attempt to spin it. It’s not your typical Bottlegate blog material. Just a really cool story to share and talk about during the holidays.

Kudos to Scott, first of all. Can you imaging offering half of your paycheck to a stranger you’ve known for exactly one hour? And then Amy for not letting Scott take that responsibility on and making it a company wide effort. And to all the employees who put money towards giving a single mom and her 10-year-old daughter a Christmas to remember. Good jobs all around.

A repo company spreading holiday cheer. You don’t see that every day.

A GoFundMe has also been set up for Diana and Ania. $10,000 and counting. Merry Christmas, indeed.

A recap of how 6-year-old CJ DeJohn saved Christmas


From Cleveland.com:

“CLEVELAND, Ohio — A local 6-year-old boy with a rare heart condition had his dream come true on Thursday when he became Cleveland Police chief for a day.

CJ DeJohn’s big day was set up through a partnership between WJW Fox 8, the Cleveland Division of Police and the Cleveland Chapter of A Special Wish Foundation.

CJ’s priority as chief: Save Christmas from a Grinch-like villain who has stolen Christmas presents from all of the city’s boys and girls. To solve the crime, CJ and his family spent the day touring the city and collecting clues at landmarks like Tower City, City Hall and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and he’ll do it all in a custom Cleveland police uniform.

CJ was born with hypoplastic left heart syndrome, which has left him with essentially half a heart.

The condition will likely keep him from becoming a police officer as an adult, something he has always wanted to do. 

“My heart, it’s special,” CJ told WJW’s Melissa Reid.”


“My heart, it’s special.”

I’m not crying. You’re crying. Shut up.

Good jobs all around here. Fox 8, the Cleveland PD, Tower City, the Rock Hall, all the people that came out in support. Just everyone involved. Our city is pretty awesome sometimes.

CJ’s day started with being sworn in as Cleveland Police Chief

He wasted no time getting to work – getting briefed on The Crump

Quick pet stop on his way to the station

Saint Nick provides the first clue – a toy soldier

One quick picture, boys. BACK TO WORK!

ok fine 1 more

Santa’s clue led the gang to Tower City

The terrifying life-sized toy soldier gave CJ his second clue – a key

Quick statement to keep the press off his back

The search for clue 3 led to City Hall

You’re under arrest dad

Clue 3 – a basketball

Brb Crump, need ice cream

Had to call in the big guns

No, THESE big guns

Slider gives CJ clue #4 – a guitar

Awesome turnout at the Rock Hall

GOT EEEEEEM!!!!!!!!!!!

And just like that, Christmas is saved. Thank you for your hard work and diligent efforts to bring The Crump to justice, CJ.