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Giving back: Project Noelle helping Northeast Ohio families impacted by opioids

Keli Clark has given so much to families affected by the opioid epidemic, so we wanted to give back to her.

Project Noelle Founder Keli Clark is a force to be reckoned with here in Northeast Ohio.

In just a year, she’s touched hundreds of families affected by the opioid epidemic, and provided support for others in a challenging time for her own family.

She first shared her story with us in an appearance on WKYC's “We the People” in November, telling us “my daughter passed away 14 months ago, leaving behind children, so we’ve started Project Noelle as a way to help those children out there and I could see there are a lot of kids out there going through the same thing.”

Keli has done just that -- organizing toy drives and support groups, even providing clothing and diapers to families in need, all in her daughter Noelle’s name.

A year on, Project Noelle has expanded beyond Keli’s wildest dreams, with close to 300 families affiliated with the organization.

Since it’s the holidays, WKYC wanted to help Keli put together an evening of food and fun at Rockin’ Horse Ranch and Smokin’ Timbers in Sandusky. We also had a few surprises up our sleeve.

Kalahari Resorts Sandusky generously gifted Keli a “Queen for the Day” spa package, and gave out swim passes to all of the families.

It was a great night of giving back to give back to someone who has made quite the impact on the community in a very short amount of time.