School, St. Vincent de Paul clothing drive to be open through October

By: Sherri Kolade | C&G Newspapers | Published September 7, 2018

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FARMINGTON/FARMINGTON HILLS/WEST BLOOMFIELD — The Farmington Public Schools district and the St. Vincent de Paul Society’s annual clothing and shoe donation drive will benefit people in need in a big way, said Diane Bauman, FPS’ director of community relations.

“We are very thankful for our community who donate to the drive,” Bauman said in an email. Students in need receive gift cards that allow their families “the opportunity to choose the items they need at the local St. Vincent de Paul store.”

The St. Vincent de Paul Society provides large donation bins to FPS to collect donated items. After the donation drive, the society gives the school district’s students in need gift cards to its store in West Bloomfield.

Bauman said a former St. Vincent de Paul contact had reached out to the school district to see if the district wanted to hold a clothing drive in the parking lot of the FPS Central Office.  

“(The representative) said (that) in return, we would receive gift cards to the closest St. Vincent de Paul store for parents in need to use,” Bauman said in the email.

Donation bins will be placed in the FPS Central Office parking lot Sept. 17, and they will be there until Oct. 21. New or used clothing or shoes can be donated. Donation slips can be found within the donation bins. The FPS Central Office is located at 32500 Shiawassee St. in Farmington. 

Bauman said that the program runs in the fall and the spring.

According to a press release, for over 130 years, the St. Vincent de Paul Society has provided critical care to hurting residents in southeast Michigan. It helps more than 300,000 people annually by providing food, shelter, utility assistance and more to those who need it. 

Teresa Barrick, the homeless liaison assistant for Farmington Public Schools, said that she and others work with families in need. 

Barrick said the families use the gift cards for everything from clothing to mattresses.

“It is all gently used products,” Barrick said. She said families get good selections for the money at the West Bloomfield store. “It is very helpful.”

The gift cards can be redeemed at the St. Vincent de Paul Society thrift store at 2375 Orchard Lake Road in West Bloomfield Township.

Bauman said that in the past, the school district has received about 50 $25 gift cards that FPS Homeless Coordinator Hatty Ligon distributes to families in need, “for whatever needs they have.”

“They treat them like cash,” Barrick said of the gift cards. 

The district has hosted the drive for several years.

“We appreciate their help — their community service,” Barrick said. “It takes a community.”

Large items cannot be accepted at the location.

For more information, go to www.farmington.k12.mi.us or www.svdpdet.org.