Sterling HeightsNovember 16, 2012
City still seeking help for Holiday Assistance Program
By Cortney Casey
C & G Staff Writer
This holiday season, the most appreciated gift you give may be to someone you don’t even know.
As of mid-November, more than 20 families remained to be adopted through Sterling Heights’ Holiday Assistance Program, which coordinates distribution of goods to needy families in partnership with local churches, service clubs, schools and other agencies and organizations.
More than 650 families requested help this year, and most — but not all — were “adopted” by participating groups, businesses and individuals following an organizational meeting held earlier this month.
Plus, in addition to the families who remain unaddressed on the original list, calls for assistance keep rolling in, said Karen Kazmer, a citizen services specialist with the city’s Community Relations Department, who oversees the program.
Kazmer said those requests for help often continue right up until Christmas, as families in need are often so focused on making ends meet this week and next that they haven’t even thought about what their holidays will look like yet.
Adopting a family typically involves supplying gifts for the children, clothing and food — or a gift card for a store where the recipients can purchase food — prior to Christmas, she said.
Benefactors can choose to personally deliver the items to recipients, or they can drop them off at City Hall for pickup, depending on the format with which they feel comfortable, she added.
“What we also accept is gift cards, and then as those late-comers come to request help, we have at least a gift card to give them,” said Kazmer.
Gift cards to grocery stores or multi-purpose stores like Target are most helpful, she said.
According to Kazmer, many of the benefactors involved are repeat participants.
“It is very gratifying to be on the giving end,” she said. “I have found that once a family or business does provide for another one, that they find it very gratifying and they come back and do it the following year.”
Community Relations Director Steve Guitar said he hopes a few more donors will step up to the plate to ensure “a joyous holiday” for local families in need.
“As we’ve seen in the past, the generosity of the community really comes forth at this time of year,” he said.
For more information or to volunteer to help, call Community Relations at (586) 446-2489.
- Last 24 Hours
- Last 7 Days
- Last 30 Days
- Local chefs share trade secrets for creating the perfect holiday cookie - Metro Detroit
- Mount Clemens man accused of sexually assaulting daughters - Mount Clemens
- Parks and Rec confirms ITC won’t work on trail until 2014 - West Bloomfield
- Two suspects on loose after robbing Comerica Bank - Clinton Township
- Special needs program receives $10,000 grant for iPads - Hazel Park
- Ferndale introduces 30-minute free parking zones around city - Ferndale
- Man charged for indecent exposure on Hall Road - Utica
- Lieutenant promoted to Deputy Police Chief - St. Clair Shores
- Woman found dead in Warren home - Warren
- Former Birmingham mayor arrested again on meth charges - Birmingham
- Homeowner shoots at home invasion suspect - Harper Woods
- WWTHS graduate killed in Libya remembered - Warren
- Love surrounds local teacher fighting cancer - Warren
- Community rallies for Shelby boy with brain cancer - Shelby Township
- Shelby boy battles rare form of cancer - Shelby Township
- Lions Thanksgiving halftime show spotlights WLC band, cheer teams - Walled Lake
- Macomb Home Depot creates college scholarship in honor of deceased employee - Macomb Township
- East Detroit student dies following pool accident - Eastpointe
- Attorney dies in Harper Avenue crash - St. Clair Shores
- CVHS students to stage production of ‘Hairspray’ - Clinton Township
- Missing woman found dead - West Bloomfield
- Sterling woman hurt in shooting - Sterling Heights
- Christmas comes to the Shores - St. Clair Shores
- County board considers regional water authority proposal - Macomb County
- Shelby boy battles rare form of cancer
- BHS Orchestra selected to perform at Carnegie Hall
- Lions Thanksgiving halftime show spotlights WLC band, cheer teams
- Macomb Home Depot creates college scholarship in honor of deceased employee
- Child prodigy becomes youngest artist exhibited at Park West Gallery
- All in the family
- Christmas Wonderfest brings holiday wonder to Novi