Hazel Park Holiday Baskets now accepting donations, applications

Those in need can apply through Nov. 30; distribution will take place Dec. 12

By: Andy Kozlowski | C&G Newspapers | Published November 21, 2015

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HAZEL PARK — Hazel Park is a small town with a big heart. For more than 30 years, the community has pulled together each holiday season to assemble goods for struggling families in the Hazel Park school district, which includes parts of Ferndale. And this year will be no different.

From now through Nov. 30, those in need can fill out applications for the Holiday Baskets at the Hazel Park District Library, 123 E. Nine Mile Road, near John R, or at any of the school buildings.

Those who want to help out can contribute goods until Dec. 11. New socks (in black and white, for all ages) are being collected at Hazel Park United Methodist Church, 315 E. Nine Mile Road.

In addition, new hats and gloves, nonperishable food items, and new board games and books are being collected at the Hazel Park Fire Department, 22830 Russel Ave., and at Hazel Park City Hall, 111 E. Nine Mile Road. Items can also be dropped off at each school in the district.

On Friday, Dec. 11, volunteers will meet in the gymnasium at Webb Elementary, 2100 Woodward Heights Blvd. in Ferndale, and assemble the goods for pickup. Assembly begins at 9 a.m. SERVPRO of Hazel Park will transport the goods from the collection sites to Webb.

“As a community, we all pull together,” said Sherrie Polowski, chair of the Hazel Park Holiday Baskets Committee. “Everyone comes (to Webb) on Friday. It’s such a worthy cause, helping those who are in need in our district. We know it makes a real difference.”

On Saturday, Dec. 12, recipients pick up their baskets at Webb from 9 to 11 a.m. Recipients will be mailed a special postcard that will help identify them at the distribution site.

Many of the items will be laid out on tables for the families to peruse and pick out what they need for their children. These items include the new books and board games, to ensure they’re of interest to the kids. The books are from Kiwanis Books for Kids in Detroit. The families also get to pick out the new hats and gloves.

Other items, such as the food, will already be bundled up and ready to go. The food will include nonperishable items such as canned goods, peanut butter, pasta noodles and boxed cereals. There will also be gift cards to Kroger and a holiday ham (bagged separately).   

“All of our little elves will be busy, busy, busy assembling the boxes,” said Laura Weidman, a member of the Hazel Park Holiday Baskets Committee. “There is such goodwill that goes on in our little 2 square miles.”