For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’ “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’“The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’ Matthew 25:35-40 New International Version (NIV)
Thanks to your generous support of the 2017 Families in Need Christmas Project, we provided gifts of clothing, toys, personal hygiene products and Meijer food cards to 19 families for a combined total of 63 people – nine adults and 54 children!!! Nine families were from Randolph Elementary School and ten families were from Salem Lutheran Church in Flint.
The project begins in November with Share the Bounty. We are very grateful for all the beautiful items that were donated for our auction and for the amazing support we get from members of our congregation, their families and friends, our Tiny Tots Preschool and the staff at Randolph Elementary School. Lisa Hissong coordinated the menu for our refreshments and put her special touch on it to make everything look amazing. Thank you to Lisa and her team – Marty Schmidt, Joan Gaul, Teresa Newman, Karen Hissong, and Peggy Nelson. Thank you to Marty and Dick Schmidt for selling the tickets at the door. Yvonne Harris and her daughter Rhonda Cinnamon wrapped the bread for our table centerpieces again this year. Thanks ladies for another job well done!! The Dearborn Saxophone Quartet entertained us with music before, during and after the event. Thanks guys!!
Our corporate sponsors play a huge role in the success of this event. Our sincere appreciation is extended to:
- Joe’s Produce and Gourmet Market in Livonia
- The Art of Bread in Livonia
- Gerald’s Salon in Plymouth
- Tipping Point Theater in Northville
- Our own Tiny Tots Preschool for donating the bread for the table centerpieces
- Mark Chevrolet in Wayne, Michigan for providing us with the brand new extended cargo van to transport the gifts to Salem Lutheran Church and Randolph Elementary School. Thank you Steve Adams, Charlie, Chris and Mike Cabanna for your continued support and generosity.
A project of this magnitude requires a lot of coordination. Mrs. Jennifer Wilson from Randolph Elementary School and Pastor Monica Villarreal from Salem Lutheran Church did an amazing job of identifying the families needing assistance and providing us with detailed information so we could make Christmas a little bit brighter for them. They also made sure the gifts were safely delivered to each of the families.
We extend our sincere thanks to everyone who donated an auction item for Share the Bounty, attended the event, purchased raffle tickets, shopped for clothing for our families, shopped for gifts from the Angel Tree, wrapped the gifts on December 10th and helped with the delivery of the gifts to Salem Lutheran Church and Randolph Elementary School. Special thanks to Jim Ash and Dick Casper for braving the winter snowstorm to Flint and getting us safely back to Livonia!! They are our special reindeers!!
WE ARE BLESSED TO BE A BLESSING!!
The Families In Need Christmas Project Leadership Team
Margaret Ash, Joan Gaul, Lisa Hissong, Debbie Lafontaine, Peggy Nelson, Kathy Weinberg