Since its founding in 2005, Ohio law firm Kisling, Nestico & Redick has made giving back to Ohio communities a part of daily life. Whether it is making a monetary donation to a children’s organization or jumping into an ice cold lake to raise money for local food banks during the Polar Bear Jump, there is little that this firm won’t do to contribute to communities around Ohio.
The holiday season is always one of the hardest times of year for disadvantaged Ohio families, and each year, KNR amps up its already robust giving initiatives between Thanksgiving and Christmas. To close out 2019, the firm participated in a wide range of charitable giving events: feeding, clothing, and giving gifts to thousands of Ohioans in need.
Below, we’ll tell you more about the enormous impact that Kisling, Nestico & Redick has made on Ohio families in 2019.
A Long History of Holiday Giving
Kisling Nestico & Redick has long been recognized as one of Ohio’s largest and most well-known personal injury law firms, but what people often remember most about the firm’s attorneys are the numerous charitable giving efforts that they are a part of, especially during the holidays.
One of their most successful initiatives, KNR Cares About Kids, began as an effort to benefit Ohio children who needed it most. The program was established to fight issues that KNR employees saw in their communities every day, including child hunger, kids with a lack of proper clothing, and other difficulties endured by families facing financial hardships.
Since its inception, KNR Cares has also worked to reduce accidents in Ohio cities such as Cleveland and Toledo. The firm has donated bicycle helmets to local YMCAs to keep kids safer on their bikes and also run an annual $5,000 college scholarship competition with the goal of stopping distracted driving accidents.
While KNR Cares About Kids is active year round, the firm kicks its giving efforts into high gear during the holidays, when disadvantaged Ohioans feel their situations most intensely. When parents are unable to afford to give their kids the gifts, warm clothes, and big meals that other families can easily buy, it can make the holiday season seem especially difficult. From Cleveland to Cincinnati and beyond, Kisling, Nestico & Redick are doing everything they can to make the holidays a time of joy for families across the state.
Coats & Cans for Kids Turkey Giveaway
For the final push of 2019, Kisling, Nestico & Redick kicked off the holiday season with one of its most cherished giving events, the Coats & Cans for Kids Turkey Giveaway. Since 2013, it has enabled the firm to provide over 443,000 meals to Ohioans in need. During 2019’s giveaway, the firm’s generosity radiated even further into Ohio communities as team members presented 1,000 turkeys to Ohioans who lined up at the doors of their Akron office to donate non-perishable food items and coats.
In a single day, Kisling, Nestico & Redick gathered enough food donations to provide over 87,000 meals to disadvantaged Ohioans. All of the canned food donations went to the Akron-Canton Regional Food Bank, and 408 coats were delivered to Providence House and the May Dugan Center, Cleveland nonprofits that help individuals and families during times of crisis.
During the event, Managing Partner Rob Nestico said: “Today is one of my favorite days of the year. It is truly amazing to see the community come together to help each other through the holidays.”
In addition to the Coats & Cans for Kids drive, the firm made a $20,000 donation to the Akron-Canton Foodbank in early November. The team’s generosity made an enormous impact on kids in Summit County, Ohio, nearly 20 percent of whom suffer from food insecurity.
12 Days of Christmas Giving
Coats & Cans for Kids was only the beginning of last year’s huge holiday giving initiative. In addition to the turkey giveaway, Kisling, Nestico & Redick took on the impressive task of participating in 12 days of Christmas giving, donating to local communities in various ways over the course of nearly two weeks.
One of the firm’s most meaningful and generous gifts was a $5,000 donation that paid off 19 families’ layaway bills at a Walmart in Akron. The lucky recipients received surprise phone calls from KNR team members, who gave them the thrilling news that gifts they had placed on layaway had been paid for by the firm and that the toys would be delivered to their homes.
Not only did Kisling, Nestico & Redick pay for the toys, but employees also personally delivered them directly to the families. This is just one example of KNR’s hands-on approach to charity. Rather than simply writing checks, members of the firm are typically involved in the giving process from start to finish.
Some employees also worked with Project Linus, a nonprofit that donates homemade blankets to kids in need. KNR attorneys and staff member’s tied together blankets that were then donated to the Akron Children’s Hospital. Meanwhile, other dedicated employees baked cookies for guests at the Ronald McDonald House in Cleveland. Shopping sprees were also at the top of this past holiday season’s giving agenda. In conjunction with other area businesses, Kisling, Nestico & Redick funded Shop With a Cop, bringing together kids and local police officers for a shopping spree. In Youngstown, KNR Partner Thomas Vasvari, personally purchased gifts for kids at Youngstown’s Potential Development, a school for autistic children.
In addition to these donations, the 12 days of giving reached several other local nonprofits and charitable donations. The firm donated stockings full of candy and gifts to kids at Sojourner House, a domestic violence shelter in Youngstown. They also contributed $1,500 to A Kid Again, a Columbus-based charity that provides support to families with children facing life-threatening illnesses. Family House, a Toledo homeless shelter, also received $3,300 from the firm. Finally, Kisling, Nestico & Redick gave away 150 baby hats to newborns at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus.
In a press release, Managing Partner Rob Nestico said: “We enjoyed helping our neighbors this holiday season, especially those in need… There is always a lot of stress during this time of year, but we hope the donations we made help make the holidays truly the most wonderful time of the year. We also wanted to inspire others in the community to jump on board and pay it forward.”
A Big Donation to a Family in Need
While the team at Kisling, Nestico & Redick knows that they can often reach the highest number of Ohioans in need by donating to large organizations, they have also gone out of their way to contribute to individuals who are experiencing extreme hardship. This was the case when they learned the story of single mother of two Meredith Wagler of Akron. Shortly after moving into her new home in November, someone broke into Wagler’s home and robbed her. She lost her laptop, jewelry, and all of the Christmas gifts that she had purchased for her kids. Even her kids’ birth certificates and some of her important banking documents were stolen.
Unfortunately, this incident was one of several recent blows to Wagler and her family. Last summer, she was diagnosed with stage three ovarian cancer and has undergone chemotherapy and several surgeries while trying to keep a positive attitude for her daughters.
When Kisling, Nestico & Redick heard Wagler’s story, they immediately donated $2,500 to her family to help them during this trying time, demonstrating their commitment to donating to Ohioans whenever and however they can, regardless of the situation.
One of Ohio’s Most Trusted Law Firms
Kisling, Nestico & Redick is one of Ohio’s largest personal injury law firms and was founded on a spirit of generosity by Rob Nestico, with the goal of providing help to people who were struggling after accidents and ensureing that they were treated fairly by insurance companies.
While Ohio has no shortage of strong law firms, KNR is somewhat different from other personal injury firms due to its outstanding success rate, which the firm attributes in part to its extensive experience in the insurance industry. Many of its 37 lawyers and 146 support staff worked for insurance companies before arriving at Kisling, Nestico & Redick. This gives their attorneys and staff extensive insight into and experience in fighting insurance companies that refuse to compensate victims fairly for their losses.
Due to the firm’s size and success, Kisling, Nestico & Redick has significant resources that allow the team to provide support to clients that most area firms simply cannot afford. They are dedicated to providing all clients with personalized attention, assigning a lead attorney and two paralegals to each case ensuring thorough research is conducted and the best strategies are found for each unique situation. If going to court is necessary, Kisling, Nestico & Redick’s talented and aggressive litigators are on hand to fight for Ohioans’ rights.
If you are struggling after an accident, you can contact Kisling, Nestico & Redick for a case evaluation at 1-800-HURT-NOW.