More than 100 children receiving domestic violence services through Turning Point Macomb have brand new backpacks and fresh school supplies for the new school year, thanks to the donations.

More than 100 children receiving domestic violence services through Turning Point Macomb have brand new backpacks and fresh school supplies for the new school year, thanks to the donations.

Photo provided by Kerry Jantz


Back-to-school collection benefits Turning Point

By: Alex Szwarc | C&G Newspapers | Published September 21, 2021

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MACOMB COUNTY — An area beer distributor and a local YMCA have come together to benefit a Mount Clemens agency.  

Earlier this month, Petitpren Inc. and Macomb Family YMCA recently teamed up to deliver backpacks and school supplies to Turning Point Macomb.

Turning Point Macomb and the Macomb Family YMCA are in Mount Clemens. Petitpren operates out of Clinton Township.

More than 100 children receiving domestic violence relief services through Turning Point Macomb have brand new backpacks and fresh school supplies for the new school year, thanks to the donations.

Turning Point Macomb helps survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault by providing a 24-hour crisis hotline, emergency shelter, counseling, sexual assault exams, personal protection orders, community education and housing.

“I can’t thank Petitpren Inc. and the Macomb Family YMCA enough for these generous donations,” said Karan Bates-Gasior, development director at Turning Point Macomb. “The children utilizing our services have faced intense trauma, and seeing the excitement on their faces when they receive something as simple as a new backpack makes me smile and gives the children a small sense of normalcy during an incredibly difficult time.”

J.R. Roskopp, human resources and government affairs director at Petitpren, said Petitpren has supported Turning Point Macomb for decades.

“Our team was more than happy to step up and help out these children start the school year off right,” he said. “Michigan’s beer distributors are leaders in charitable giving and providing students with new backpacks and school supplies is just one more way we can lend a helping hand in the communities we serve.”

Petitpren’s relationship with Turning Point Macomb dates back 40 years.

Each year, employees at the wholesaler donate money — which is matched by the owners of Petitpren — at Christmas to help several families have a happier holiday.

Petitpren and its employees have donated an estimated $200,000 to nearly 300 families over those four decades.

“Throughout the month of August, the Macomb Family YMCA accepted backpacks and school supply donations from new and existing members, and their generosity was overwhelming,” said Steve Krankota, Macomb Family YMCA executive director. “Our mission is to build a healthy spirit, mind and body for all, and this effort by our members shows what happens when a community comes together for the common good.”

Petitpren is a family-owned beer distributor. It employs more than 100 people and services bars, restaurants and retailers throughout Macomb and Wayne Counties.

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