the polo towers Goodfellows fundraiser for No Child Without a Christmas
The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund that is in charge of the monument expedited the return home of The Wall That Heals, its trademarked, half scale, traveling replica of the monument, from where it was being presented in Oregon. Fund members found non federal land where everyone can have access to the 58,286 honored names at Georgetown University s Healy Hall with the help of Georgetown s ROTC cadets and members of the student veterans association. It is scheduled to remain there until the national mall reopens.
Clinton Township Goodfellows President Sharon Harrison was one of 13 siblings in a St. Clair Shores family that had limited assets. Goodfellows came through with Christmas gifts for the children during some lean years. It s one of the reasons she has been a Goodfellows volunteer for more than a decade.
Goodfellows holds its annual spaghetti dinner fundraiser Wednesday to support its No Child Without a Christmas mission. at the Italian American Cultural Center at 43843 Romeo Plank Road, Clinton Township. The cost is $8 per person for the pasta meal and dessert. There will be 50/50 and gift basket raffles, music and entertainment. Box 380643, Clinton Township MI 48038.
People help out in various ways. The student council at Erie Elementary held a book drive and presented the Clinton Township Goodfellows with 97 new books. Nov. Nov. 19. Nov. Nov. Nov. Nov. 26.
All of the following are required to register: proof of residency in Clinton Township (photo ID with current address or current utility bill); proof of income (current pay stub, Bridge Card or proof of receiving aid such as free lunch program, food stamps; and proof of family size (birth certificates of children or guardianship papers.)
Packages must be picked up by the registrants and signed for.
Mount Clemens Rotary Club members came to every meeting for a month laden with backpacks and school supplies to donate to students whose mothers are temporarily using Turning Point Inc. facilities, and to the Michigan Friends of Education s Operation: Kid Equip.
The theme was providing hope and confidence for kids to succeed.
Rotarians donated notebooks, binders, pens and pencils, crayons, rulers, scissors, glue and money.
Mark Zuccaro collected it all.
It is so important for children to have the right tools and the right resources to give them a better chance to do well, he said. We provided a little bit of help and a little bit of hope for them to make the best out of their situation. As a Rotary club, we were happy to be a part of it. I tell my own kids how fortunate they are. They were really not exposed to what some other kids are.
Our children at Turning Point will have plenty of pencils, crayons, paper, backpacks and other school supplies thanks to a generous donation from the Mount Clemens Rotary, Lynn Wilhem said. She is Turning Point s development director. At a time when children are facing numerous challenges, a great start to the school year will not be one of them. We truly appreciate the efforts of Mark Zuccaro and all the Mount Clemens Rotarians for their concern and support.
August and September are probably stressful times for a lot of families. School funding is getting cut back and teachers are reaching into their own pockets. It s a good project to supplement here and there. It means we can touch the lives of hundreds of kids locally and make a difference. Succeeding in education is right in tune with what Rotary does, Zuccaro said.
Every other month, the Rotary club does a different collection. One month it was nonperishable goods for the Macomb Food Program, and in December, the club will provide gifts and a Christmas party for children whose families are being helped by the Salvation Army in the Mount Clemens area.
The Mount Clemens Rotary Club meets for lunch on Thursdays at the ConCorde Inn north of Mount Clemens.
Optimist Club donates backpacks
The Mount Clemens Optimist Club also donated backpacks full of school supplies for every student at Mount Clemens Seminole Elementary and Morning Star Head Start. The schools created the wish lists and the Optimists delivered the items.
The Optimist club meets on the second Thursday of the month on the lower level of the Mount Clemens Public Library.
Children shop with Optimist members
The Central Macomb Optimist Club took 100 children from 40 families shopping for school clothes and basic items to get them off on the right foot for this school year. The Macomb Charitable Foundation selected the 40 neediest Macomb County families that would benefit from the help.
Each child was allowed $100 for their department store shopping trip.
We smiled and welcomed families, shopped with families, added up prices, helped the kids make decisions on how to best spend their money, bagged items, clipped tags, distributed pizza to the families, Sue Kardasz said. Volunteers made everyone they met feel very special, living up to The Optimist Creed.
Macomb County Sheriff Anthony Wickersham and deputies also shopped with families.
It s heartwarming to see a small child holding the hand of a big sheriff in full uniform. It is also heartwarming to see these officers who protect our lives daily reach into their own pockets to maybe pay for a last item that a family has selected that may have put them a bit over budget, Kardasz said.