Local group asks for 12 dimes to help seniors this Christmas

By: Kara Szymanski | Shelby - Utica News | Published July 15, 2019

 Woman’s Life Chapter 911 in Utica is collecting donations of $1.20 from what the chapter hopes will be at least 911 people through Oct. 31 in order to provide senior citizens with gifts this Christmas through the 12 Dimes of Christmas project.

Woman’s Life Chapter 911 in Utica is collecting donations of $1.20 from what the chapter hopes will be at least 911 people through Oct. 31 in order to provide senior citizens with gifts this Christmas through the 12 Dimes of Christmas project.

Photo provided by Lynn Karnes

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UTICA — Christmas is a holiday of cheer and lovely gifts. However, some do not have family and friends to share the special holiday with, and seniors are often those who experience loneliness during these types of holidays.

Woman’s Life Chapter 911 in Utica is working to change that for local seniors in Macomb County this Christmas. The group is asking for the community’s help in raising funds for seniors who do not have family to enjoy the holiday with this Christmas.

It’s as simple as 12 dimes.

Woman’s Life Chapter 911 is asking for donations of $1.20 from at least 911 people from now until Oct. 31 in order to provide seniors with gifts this Christmas through the chapter’s 12 Dimes of Christmas project.

The members are hoping to raise at least $1,093 from those donations, but are hoping that the community can raise more to help the seniors.

Woman’s Life Chapter 911 Vice President and Chairperson Terri Tyrer explained more about why the chapter wants to help.

“Because there are so many seniors who have outlived their spouses and friends, and they have no one, and their income resources are limited,” she said.

Becky Livernois, the Woman’s Life Chapter 911 secretary, said that during the holidays many people think of those who are less fortunate, but not so much seniors who are struggling.

“At Christmastime we tend to think about those less fortunate than us ... poor, hungry and those on hard times, but do we think of those that are elderly and alone? Many of our elderly have outlived their families and friends. Most are on a fixed income, don’t drive and literally don’t get out much. It’s our forgotten generation. A $1.20 (donation) is a small amount — probably the change in the cup holder of your car or in the bottom of your purse.”

“This little contribution to our 12 Dimes of Christmas project can put a smile on a face or a little hope in the heart of an elderly person that has very little to look forward to,” Livernois said.

Lynn Karnes, the Woman’s Life Chapter 911 president, said that once the donations are collected, the chapter will select seniors and purchase the gifts.

“We will then at the end of October, depending on how much we collect, will pick seniors through an organization that have no family and ask for a list of wants and needs, and will then go shopping for them,” she said.

She said they have already begun by having people make donations through the chapter’s PayPal account or mailing checks to 8310 Hall Road, Apt. 6, Utica, MI.

Donations can also be made payable to Woman’s Life Chapter 911 and dropped off at any of the following businesses:

• Slifko & Associates, 43219 Schoenherr Road in Sterling Heights.

• Dawn to Dusk, 48532 Van Dyke Ave. in  Shelby Township.

• CNC Systems, 27423 Gratiot Ave. in Roseville.

• PLB Lending Hometown Mortgage, 58064 Van Dyke Ave. in Washington Township.

The group has talked to the president of Macomb Feeding the Need in order to make it happen.

Karnes said that items asked for by seniors could vary from necessities like laundry soap, toilet paper and soap to items as simple as Vienna sausages.

Karnes said she is always looking for new ways to help out the community and chose 911 for the donation number because the group number is 911.

“As president of Woman’s Life Chapter 911, I am always thinking outside the box, and this project seemed so simple, and our chapter number is 911, so I wanted to gather a group of Angels to help us make a difference in our local community,” said Karnes.

Woman’s Life Chapter No. 911 Macomb Angels is a group of volunteers who do service projects and fundraisers for individuals and nonprofits in Macomb County.

The group has held events such as meat raffles, Junk in the Trunk sales and fundraisers with the Shelby Township Police Department. For more information about the 12 Dimes of Christmas project, visit www.facebook.com/WL911.

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