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Walls of Love: Alianna DeFreeze honored on 500th installation

Volunteers will gather at East 105th and Cedar Avenue to construct the 500th Wall of Love. It's an important milestone to honor the life of Alianna DeFreeze.

CLEVELAND — You've probably seen them all over town: Walls of supplies for anyone who needs them. 

Walls of Love is a nationwide initiative dedicated to helping the homeless and less fortunate. The 500th wall went up in Cleveland on Friday morning at East 105th Street and Cedar Avenue.

It's a special milestone as this wall will honor the life of Alianna DeFreeze, who at just 14 years old, was murdered back in January of 2017. 

Creator Holly Jackson says Alianna's parents will be there to help construct the wall, and raise awareness for the Alianna DeFreeze Foundation.

"I'm just so humbled and gracious and grateful that her parents allowed us to do this," Jackson said. "That pain is always going to be there, but I'm hoping that the positive things that we're doing together will kind of give them some peace."

And their mission will continue later this year with a big plan for Nov. 7 at attempting to put up 50 walls of supplies in just one day -- but the organization will need the help of volunteers.

Jackson says fundraising has been tough since the pandemic. They need business sponsors to help fill those walls with much-needed personal hygiene supplies.

If you'd like to help the Walls of Love cause, click HERE.

In May 2019, Walls of Love had installed its 100th wall. You can see more of that milestone in the video below.


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