Kroger to donate $50,000 from Michigan lottery ticket commission to food bank
Kroger announced Tuesday it will be donating its $50,000 lottery ticket commission to the Food Bank Council of Michigan to support the Food Security Council. This is after a $1 billion Mega Millions lottery ticket was sold to a lucky customer in January at a Kroger in Novi. Nearly 11,000 businesses in Michigan sell lottery tickets and receive a commission if they are the business selling the winning ticket. “Kroger is committed to our mission of feeding our communities,” said Rachel Hurst, corporate affairs manager, The Kroger Co. of Michigan. “Strong partnerships with both the State of Michigan and the Food Bank Council of Michigan are integral in driving our mission forward.”More: Michigan Lottery newsRead: A Look at Michigan’s largest lottery wins
Focus: HOPE in need of volunteers to deliver food to seniors
Focus: HOPE urgently needs volunteers to assist with their Food for Seniors program. They rely almost completely on volunteers to assemble food packages for low-income seniors and to deliver food to homebound older adults in Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, and Washtenaw counties. In partnership with federal and state agencies, Focus: HOPE provides more than 42,000 seniors with monthly food packages to help meet basic needs. A Message from Focus: HOPEAs a truly difficult year for all of us has ended, here at Focus: HOPE we are truly grateful to have HOPE for 2021 and beyond. Because of you, we are ready to bring HOPE to 2021 through our work here at Focus: HOPE.
Focus: HOPE donates thousands of meals to seniors across Metro Detroit
DETROIT – With so many people out of work, the need is great this holiday season. Local organizations -- like Focus: HOPE -- are trying to ease the burden one meal at a time. Loretta Brown is one of hundreds -- yes, hundreds -- of volunteers working with Focus: HOPE to bring food to low income seniors across Metro Detroit. “So we’ll have the turkey, produce, stuffing -- all things for a holiday meal -- and not just for Christmas, but hopefully a few more days before and after that,” said Focus: HOPE Food Program Director Frank Kubik,Saturday, Focus: Hope delivered 1,400 special holiday boxes. “They said, ‘No problem!’ They stepped up and said they’ll do what needs to be done.”You can donate to Focus: HOPE on its official website here.
Michigan Medicine, Food Gatherers partner for third food drive during pandemic
ANN ARBOR – Michigan Medicine and Food Gatherers are partnering once again to meet rising need for food and supplies within the community. The drive began in March as a way for Michigan Medicine to collect much-needed personal protective equipment for its staff when supplies were low nationwide. In the spring and fall drives, Michigan Medicine and Food Gatherers raised the equivalent of 128,000 meals for individuals and families experiencing food insecurity in Washtenaw County. According to Food Gatherers, cash donations are the most flexible option since it allows the organization to buy in bulk at reduced prices. PPE is not needed at this time at Michigan Medicine.
12 Days of GRiZMAS goes virtual, global
Published: December 11, 2020, 7:54 am Updated: December 11, 2020, 9:10 amGRiZ’s 7th Annual ’12 Days of GRiZMAS’ Event Series is slated for Dec. 12-23, 2020. GRiZMAS will treat fans around the world to all the performances, activities, and community service initiatives. Watch an interview about the event with GRiZ above. RSVP and Donate Here: www.12daysofgrizmas.com
An inside look at the process of donating convalescent plasma with the Michigan Red Cross
Kim DeGiulio recently recovered from coronavirus and just like Evrod Cassimy, she decided to donate her convalescent plasma. Dec. 9, 2020: Michigan coronavirus cases up to 415,200; Death toll now at 10,213DeGiulio recovered from coronavirus in October. Now that she’s symptom-free and has the antibodies, she signed up to donate her plasma with the American Red Cross. All it took was filling out a form to declare you’ve recovered from COVID, then the American Red Cross reaches out to schedule a time to donate. If you’ve recovered and want to know if you qualify to donate, just visit this website.
Focus: HOPE is looking for volunteers to deliver food to seniors
Then please consider volunteering with Focus: HOPE, who especially wants help with their Senior Holiday Delivery on December 19th! They’re looking for volunteers to pack and deliver food boxes to seniors across Southeast Michigan. Focus: HOPE distributes food packages to over 42,000 seniors throughout Southeast Michigan each month. Senior Holiday DeliveryDuring their annual Senior Holiday Food Delivery day, volunteers deliver holiday food & paper supplies to 1,400 homebound seniors across Southeast Michigan. Because of you, we are ready to bring HOPE to 2021 through our work here at Focus: HOPE.
Watch: Interview with CEO of The Heat and Warmth Fund (THAW) Saunteel Jenkins
DETROIT – Saunteel Jenkins spoke with Rhonda Walker on Tuesday morning about what The Heat and Warmth Fund (THAW) does to help people across Michigan. Jenkins, the CEO of THAW, said the organization is helping frontline workers make ends meet. She said anyone having trouble paying bills should contact THAW for help. Gift of Warmth telethon: You can donate to help families in needAll day Tuesday, Local 4 viewers can help THAW keep the lights and heat on for these families by donating to the Gift of Warmth telethon. Anyone in an energy crisis can apply for help from the Heat and Warmth fund.
Gift of Warmth telethon: You can donate to help families in need
The Heat and Warmth Fund, or THAW, continues to provide assistance with utility bills and to help these people during a very difficult time in their lives. “Any season is bad when you can’t afford utilities,” said Brandi Turner THAW Utility Assistance Center Manager. Tuesday THAW Telethon -- 800-866-8429As of 6 p.m. Tuesday a total of $68,350 was raised with the goal of reaching $100,000 by the evening. To donate to the Gift of Warmth telethon, click here: https://thawfund.org/donate/online/All day Tuesday, Local 4 viewers can help THAW keep the lights and heat on for these families by donating to the Gift of Warmth telethon. Every dollar donated will be used to help pay utility bills.
Local teen creates charity for sock donation
The holidays usually fill people with cheer and a giving heart. One local teen is showing his gift of giving by establishing his own charity and it’s warming people’s hearts right down to their toes, literally. Joey’s Detroit Socks was started by Joey Dattilllo at 15-years-old. Now, 2 years later, he has been able to pass out nearly 800 pairs of socks in the Detroit area. You can give to Joey’s Detroit Socks with a monetary donation or socks for the homeless.
Local 4 to host 48th annual ‘Support Our Capuchin Kitchen’ Telethon on Oct. 1
The Capuchin Soup Kitchen is partnering with Local 4 to host their 48th annual Support Our Capuchin Kitchen (SOCK) Fundraiser on Oct. 1. With seven programs at five locations on Detroit’s east side, the soup kitchen helps people struggling with poverty, hunger, homelessness, substance abuse and other challenges. Throughout the day, Local 4 will share with viewers the important and life-changing work that the Capuchin Soup Kitchen has done for the community. Individuals interested in supporting Capuchin Soup Kitchen can also virtually bid on auction items on the SOCK Telethon website right here. Click here to visit the SOCK Telethon website for more information.
Show some love to your furry friends at the Detroit Zoo
The Detroit Zoo needs your support! Ron Kagan, CEO and Executive Director of the Detroit Zoological Society, talked about the Detroit Zoo’s virtual fundraiser and how you can contribute. The pandemic has been very hard on the zoo because so much of the budget comes from fundraising events and families who visit during the summer. The zoo has stayed operational throughout the pandemic to care for their 2,400 animals that call the zoo home. Watch the video to learn more about how your donation can support the Detroit Zoo.
How the Capuchin Soup Kitchen is rising up to help others during the pandemic
This article is sponsored by the Capuchin Soup Kitchen. Our sponsor, the Capuchin Soup Kitchen, has been feeding the hungry since the Great Depression of 1929, and they do so much more. Brother Jerry Johnson, with the Capuchin Soup Kitchen, joined host Jason Carr from their “On The Rise Bakery” in Detroit. Jefferson House, a substance abuse treatment program is the other residential program besides On The Rise Bakery. Currently, they are in need of support to help them continue to serve our community.
Family of 12-year-old boy fatally shot in Oak Park needs help with funeral
OAK PARK, Mich. – Family and friends of LaDamien Williams is asking for help covering the boy’s funeral costs. LaDamien was just 12 years old when he was fatally shot Monday inside a home in Oak Park. Here is the statement from the fund organizer:“My friend dedicated her life to saving other peoples lives. She has worked in the healthcare field saving lives every day being there for other people’s family members. She did not have any life insurance for her children and we need to help give this young man, this innocent young man a proper burial.
There’s still time to help your community have a hunger-free summer
The advertiser paid a fee to promote this sponsored article and may have influenced or authored the content. This article is sponsored by Gleaners Community Food BankIts been a challenging summer for everyone and even more so for those facing hardships with concerns of feeding their family. Gerry Brisson, President, and CEO of Gleaners Community Food Bank said that Gleaners has food banks all across Michigan. Rick Hampson, President of Citizens Bank Michigan explained that Citizens Bank has been committed to partnering with Gleaners for 10 years They are focused on the basic need of hunger and helping those in the community. Citizens Bank Michigan is continuing to match donations and double what you give to help those in need.
WDIV, ClickOnDetroit launches effort to help local restaurants, frontline workers
Frontline workers across our community are putting their lives at risk in the fight against the coronavirus outbreak, working nonstop, sometimes without even thinking about a meal. WDIV Local 4 and ClickOnDetroit.com have launched Food4Frontline – a community-wide effort to help both frontline workers and local restaurants. “At the same time, we can support our local restaurant and store workers. Serve: We will then partner with local restaurants to order meals that will be distributed to those on the frontline. Meals for the frontline workers will be individually packaged.