Twelve Dimes fundraiser returns for a second Christmas

By: Kara Szymanski | Shelby - Utica News | Published September 21, 2020

 Becky Ackerman, of Pontiac, holds her gift that was purchased with the dimes that were donated for seniors in need last year.

Becky Ackerman, of Pontiac, holds her gift that was purchased with the dimes that were donated for seniors in need last year.

Photo provided by Lynn Karnes

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UTICA — Christmas is a holiday full of cheer and lovely gifts. However, some seniors 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.

Especially this year, with the outbreak of the coronavirus, many seniors are being isolated out of fear for their health and might not get to see their families for the holidays.

Woman’s Life Chapter 911 in Utica is working to change that for local seniors in Macomb County this Christmas with a fundraising campaign.

This campaign started in 2019 and raised more than the group anticipated.

It’s as simple as 12 dimes. 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.

Participants make a donation of 12 dimes to the group to help a senior.

Lynn Karnes, the president of Woman’s Life Chapter 911, said the group is looking forward to continuing the fundraiser. Last year, the group was able to help 14 seniors with much-needed supplies.

“We had such an amazing turnout from the community last year. We had so many people that donated $1.20, and many that donated more. We would like to adopt 24 seniors this year — especially with COVID-19 this year, it is needed now more than ever,” said Karnes.

Karnes said that items seniors ask for vary from laundry soap or toilet paper, to food.

“We always participate in providing Christmas for families and children but discovered there was a significant need within our elderly population,” Terri Tyrer, the Dime at a Time Project chairperson, said. “In many cases, they have outlived their spouses and friends and spend these holidays alone. We are asking for the community’s help in raising funds for seniors who do not have family to enjoy the holiday with this Christmas. With the COVID pandemic and seniors being isolated out of fear for their health and well-being, they need us more than ever before. It’s as simple as $1.20.”

Woman’s Life is asking for donations of $1.20 again this year, to support the senior community. The members have the bar set high this year, but they are hoping that the community can raise more to help the seniors.

“We have a big goal. Our goal is to collect 4,000 donations of $1.20. Donations will be accepted through Nov. 16. For every $1.20 donated, a raffle ticket will be given. On Nov. 16, 2020, we will hold a drawing with all the tickets given for donation. First prize is $250, second prize is $150 and third prize is $100. Our goal is to sell 4,000 tickets. If we don’t sell all of the tickets, the raffle will revert to a 50-50 raffle with a single winner. Due to the COVID-19 restrictions, the best way to donate this year is by PayPal at WL911macombangels@gmail.com, by Venmo at @WL911 or by simply mailing a check,” said Tyrer.

Depending on how much they collect, they will, through an organization, pick seniors who have no family, ask for lists of wants and needs, and then go shopping for them.

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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