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New hygiene pantry coming to help those in need near Shelby Township

By: Kara Szymanski | Shelby - Utica News | Published December 20, 2019

 Woman’s Life Chapter 911 is opening a new pantry that will stock hygiene items for the community at 22 Mile Road and Van Dyke Avenue. It is looking for the community’s help to stock its shelves, and it has a fundraiser planned for February.

Woman’s Life Chapter 911 is opening a new pantry that will stock hygiene items for the community at 22 Mile Road and Van Dyke Avenue. It is looking for the community’s help to stock its shelves, and it has a fundraiser planned for February.

Photo provided by Lynn Karnes

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SHELBY TOWNSHIP — A new pantry that will distribute supplies to those in need is being created in Shelby Township by a group of volunteers.

Woman’s Life Chapter 911 has begun putting together a pantry for hygiene necessities for use by the local community.

The pantry will be located in a suite at 22 Mile Road and Van Dyke Avenue and will be open to Shelby Township and Utica residents, in addition to residents of surrounding communities.

Woman’s Life Chapter 911 is collecting a variety of hygiene products to stock the pantry. Anyone can donate items they do not need.

“We will be collecting shampoo, conditioner, soap, toothpaste and (toothbrushes), toilet paper, paper towels, dish soap, laundry soap, etc.,” Woman’s Life Chapter 911 President Lynn Karnes said in an email.

The chapter will have the “Show the Love Cash Raffle” Feb. 8 to raise money to purchase items. The raffle will take place at the close of the chapter’s first meat raffle of the year Feb. 8 at the American Legion Post 351 in Utica.

There will be three winners; first place will receive $250, second place will receive $150 and third place will receive $100. The chapter is hoping to sell 400 tickets for $5 each now through Feb. 8.

Tickets can be purchased via email at WL911macombangels@gmail.com; by mailing payment to Woman’s Life Chapter 911, 8310 Hall Road No. 6, Utica, MI 48317; or by calling to arrange to purchase in person at (586) 604-6907.

The chapter’s goal is to open the pantry to the public during the first week of February.

Mary Wrobel, of Sterling Heights, said she likes that the goal is to help others who might need a little helping hand.

“I love the idea of helping one another in and around our community; that is why I do what I can,” Wrobel said in an email.

Currently, the group doesn’t have any supplies other than a few items on the shelves in the mostly empty pantry.

When the pantry opens, in order to get supplies, a person will be required to provide some information about themselves and why they need the supplies.

“We will be developing a form for people to fill out, and on a first-come, first-served basis, we will be putting together bags of items for people,” said Karnes.

Mary Anne Russo, a member of the group, said the pantry will be a nice addition to the community.

“The new pantry will be a wonderful addition to all the giving that comes from this group of women. The pantry will help so many people in need. Lynn Karnes has such a giving heart to want to reach out and help as many people as possible,” Russo said in an email.

Shannon LaBruyere, a resident of Washington Township and a member of Woman’s Life Chapter 911, said the pantry will offer a resource to those who are unable to get these necessities.

“Stocking the pantry with basics allows people to get their needs filled immediately. They can get personal care items and maintain a sense of well-being and dignity — things that are as important to life as food and water,” LaBruyere said via email.

Kristy Garrett, of Clinton Township, a new chapter member, said the pantry is a great way to give back.

“It’s the little things that we often take for granted that can make such a difference for those who need a little extra help,” she said.

The pantry hours will be by appointment by emailing WL 911macombangels@gmail.com or by calling Woman’s Life Chapter 911 President Lynn Karnes at (586) 604-6907.

Woman’s Life Chapter 911 will also be hosting a Road Rally March 8; a baked potato and nacho fundraiser with Macomb Feeding the Need March 28; a bacon raffle March 28 with Macomb Feeding the Need; an Easter vendor and craft show at Pine Ridge of Plumbrook senior community in Sterling Heights April 11; another meat raffle with American Legion Post 351 May 16; and more.

The first meat raffle of the year at American Legion Post 351 will cost $20 per person and include dinner, soft drinks and 50 chances to win more than 100 packages of Nitsches meats. Those who prepay by Feb.1 will be entered in a drawing for a visa gift card. The doors for the meat raffle will open at 5 p.m.

For more information, call Karnes at (586) 604-6907.

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