Regift raffle hoping to match gifts with new owners

By: Kristyne E. Demske | St. Clair Shores Sentinel | Published January 19, 2016

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ST. CLAIR SHORES — Did you enjoy all of the Christmas presents you received this year? Or were there some that were nice, but just not quite what you were hoping for?

If there were, the St. Clair Shores Senior Activities Center could be the place for you.

New this year, the center is hosting a “regift raffle” fundraiser for the Senior Center of the Shores (SCOTS) board, which supports expenses at the center like new audio/visual equipment, furniture and decorations for parties and events. 

“We had a member come in, and she had a variety of gifts she had received throughout the year (and) never used them,” said Erin Justin, assistant coordinator at the center. 

The woman had asked if the center might want to use the gifts for a raffle so that someone might find use for them and, Justin said, that’s when they had the idea for the regift raffle.

“We thought we’d let people decide what they want so they didn’t have, again, another gift they didn’t want,” she said. “You don’t want to hurt your family’s feelings. 

“Somebody else’s trash is another person’s treasure.”

The center is collecting new, unopened items until Jan. 25. Anyone who donates an item will receive three free tickets to be used in the raffle, which is open to the public. Justin said they will sort through the items the next week and perhaps make gift baskets out of some of the items. Then the offerings will be laid out on a table, with a bucket to collect tickets in front of them.

“We are excited to launch this inaugural raffle,” said Senior Center Director Sue Fickau in an email message. “Our hope is that this will be an annual tradition at the center, similar to our annual apple pie fundraiser.”

The SCOTS board supports more than just the center, she said, helping other city events like the Memorial Day Parade, the Compassionate Friends’ annual Candlelight Service, the Woods Church Holiday Mart project and Home Instead’s Santa-to-a-Senior program.

The regift raffle will run Feb. 1-5, with the drawing to be held at the end of the day Feb. 5. Those wishing to try to win items can purchase seven tickets for $5, 15 tickets for $10 or 35 tickets for $20. 

Justin said they want to give a few free tickets to those who donate items as a thank-you.

“You’re donating something and are without a gift, so we wanted to help,” she said. 

The Senior Activities Center is located at 20000 Stephens St. Call (586) 445-0996 for more information. Items can be donated during regular hours until Jan. 25.

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