Dominic Miller will work with the Eastpointe-Roseville Chamber of Commerce at its annual Deck the Halls Charity Auction to collect books and pajamas for children in need.

Dominic Miller will work with the Eastpointe-Roseville Chamber of Commerce at its annual Deck the Halls Charity Auction to collect books and pajamas for children in need.

Photo provided by RoseMarie Miller


Eastpointe child’s charity to collect items for kids in need

By: Brendan Losinski | Roseville - Eastpointe Eastsider | Published October 22, 2019

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EASTPOINTE — The Eastpointe-Roseville Chamber of Commerce is working with a very special partner during its 27th annual Deck the Halls Charity Auction.

While it takes many people until adulthood to learn the value of helping others, Dominic Miller learned the lesson when he was 4 years old. After going through the hardship of losing his home, he was inspired to start Dominic’s Christmas Wish, a nonprofit that provides books and pajamas to children in need.

“After we got a new house, we were talking about all the changes in his life, and he decided he wanted to help people,” explained his mother, RoseMarie Miller. “He had seen a lot of homeless people at the local supermarket, and he started to concoct a plan.”

Dominic was watching television one day when he was inspired.

“I got the idea from Disney Jr. There was a girl named Mickey who had a free library that other kids could get books from. I thought, ‘Why not books and pajamas here?’” said Dominic, now 10. “Everyone deserves some help now and then. We can change the world one kid at a time.”

Having just gone through challenging times himself, Dominic was motivated and began working — with help from RoseMarie — on collecting items to give to other kids.

“He collects new books and new pajamas from infant size all the way up to 1XL and 2XL, and books all the way up to 18-year-olds,” RoseMarie said. “We take them to three different shelters we’ve been working with for six years. These are Turning Point, MCREST and Lighthouse. If he meets his goal of 1,000 books and 1,000 pairs of pajamas, we’ll need to find more groups.”

Turning Point works to end domestic violence, the Macomb County Rotating Emergency Shelter Team provides shelter and other assistance to homeless individuals, and Lighthouse Food Bank helps those in need in Macomb County and nearby areas.

Dominic was being honored for his work in Fraser when he came to the attention of the Eastpointe-Roseville Chamber of Commerce.

“Dominic was nominated and chosen to receive the 2019 Youth of the Year Fraser FAME Award,” Eastpointe-Roseville Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Linda Weishaupt explained in an email. “He attends special classes in the Fraser School District but is an Eastpointe resident. He came to the FAME dinner with a stack of business cards about his project and promptly began working the crowd, seeking out donations. At one point, he had the Macomb County treasurer and deputy treasurer cornered and totally captivated by his mission. We at the chamber were so impressed with his passion to seek out donations of (pajamas) and books that we asked him if he would like to work with us at our largest event, the Deck the Halls Christmas Auction.”

Together, they began working on starting a collection of books and pajamas at the upcoming charity auction.

“It’s our first year working with them, and so far, it’s been great,” said RoseMarie. “We have more sponsors this year than ever before. Fraser Schools are helping out, Royal Oak Pediatrics and Beaumont Hospitals help out, the Roseville Optimist Club and police are helping him out. We are trying to get the word out so he can help more kids.”

Weishaupt hopes they will be able to help Dominic in his mission.

 “We are hoping that those attending will bring a pair of (pajamas) or a children’s or teen book with them to the event to donate to Dominic,” wrote Weishaupt. “He will be in attendance that evening to greet all those who help him with a donation. With his passion for this project and our help, we are hoping that he will finally meet his goal this year of 1,000. … I think (Dominic) emphasizes the community we are and we hope to continue to be.”

Dominic and RoseMarie are now working on becoming a 501(c)(3) organization so they can work with even larger businesses and organizations. RoseMarie said that perhaps it took the clear thinking of a child to understand how simple it can be to improve the lives of others.

“He’s a unique kid and he doesn’t have everything he wants, but he has everything he needs, and to know that at 10 years old is very special,” she said. “He’s been without already, so he appreciates what he has.”

The 27th annual Deck the Halls will take place at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 7, at Eastpointe Manor, located at 24611 Gratiot Ave. in Eastpointe. Tickets cost $35 per person or $325 for a table of 10. Tickets must be purchased in advance by calling (586) 776-5820 or emailing events@erchamber.com. Those wishing to contact Dominic’s Christmas Wish can do so by email at dominicschristmas wish@yahoo.com.

“It makes me happy to see people talk about it. I don’t see them, but I can feel their happiness growing,” Dominic remarked. “You can be a good person or bad person. It’s your choice in life. Why shouldn’t you want to help?”

Call Staff Writer Brendan Losinski at (586) 498-1068.

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