During last year’s sorting for the Hazel Park Holiday Baskets, student volunteers Hailey Reed-Mecham and Mackenzie Feltner  check the expiration dates on food items being organized  at Webb Elementary in Ferndale.

During last year’s sorting for the Hazel Park Holiday Baskets, student volunteers Hailey Reed-Mecham and Mackenzie Feltner check the expiration dates on food items being organized at Webb Elementary in Ferndale.

File photo by Deb Jacques


Applications now available for Hazel Park Holiday Baskets

By: Andy Kozlowski | Madison - Park News | Published October 18, 2019

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HAZEL PARK/FERNDALE — Those in need of a helping hand this Christmas can now sign up to receive a bundle of goods through the Hazel Park Holiday Baskets.

Each basket is actually a box containing a variety of items, including a holiday ham, toys, books, hats, gloves, socks, cereal, a $10 Kroger card and canned goods. One box is given per family, but each kid in a family will receive a toy, hats, gloves and socks.

Application forms are available at each school in the Hazel Park school district, which includes part of Ferndale, as well as the Hazel Park District Library at 123 E. Nine Mile Road. Anyone in the district can apply. Applications are due Tuesday, Dec. 3.  

In 2018, there were 220 recipients, and in 2017, there were 250. The items for the baskets are currently being collected at each of the schools, as well as the district’s board office, the library, the Hazel Park Fire Department and Hazel Park City Hall. As an extra incentive for local students to bring in donations, the school that collects the most food will be rewarded with a pizza party.

There will also be a special event benefitting the holiday baskets in the form of the Hazel Park Zombie Walk on Friday, Oct. 25, starting at 6:30 p.m. outside Hazel Park City Hall, 111 E. Nine Mile Road. Attendees are asked to bring nonperishable food items to donate to the baskets. This year’s event is organized by Girl Scout Troop No. 75297, which also organized last year’s walk.

Volunteers are also needed to help sort the goods from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13 at Webb Elementary, 2100 Woodward Heights Blvd. in Ferndale. The boxes are then picked up by recipients the following day, Dec. 14. Kids can attend the sorting on Dec. 13, but not the pickup.

“The Holiday Baskets are an amazing gathering of the community to give to others here in Hazel Park,” said Amy Kruppe, superintendent of the Hazel Park Public Schools. “The energy and kindness that comes from the schools, the community and the businesses is just another reason why Hazel Park is a great place to work and live.”  

Sherrie Polowski, chair of the Hazel Park Holiday Baskets, encouraged everyone to spread the word.

“Please let anyone in the Hazel Park school district who might feel like they need a little extra holiday cheer this year know that they can easily apply at any of our schools or the library for a holiday basket,” Polowski said.

Those wishing to donate can make checks out to Hazel Park Holiday Baskets and drop them off at 1620 E. Elza Ave. in Hazel Park.

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