Friday, December 7, 2012
Through Christmas Eve, customers can visit the Roseville BAM! location and purchase a book or toy that will be donated to the Macomb Township-based charity.
Books-A-Million stores cross the country will be supporting local charities this month through their annual toy and book drives, with the Roseville location benefiting the Macomb Charitable Foundation. "We are hosting a toy and book drive this holiday season to assist The Macomb Charitable Foundation as they help children living at or below poverty level in Macomb County," said Jacob Redmon, general manager of Books-A-Million in Roseville, in a prepared statement. Through Christmas Eve, customers can visit the Roseville location and purchase a book or toy that will be donated to the Macomb Township-based charity. Those purchasing books, can also include a personalized bookplate with their donation, allowing the gifts to be donated in …
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Macomb Charitable Foundation shares Santa letters from homeless children, asks for support.
While many kids hold out for the new WiiU or perhaps an iPad, one Macomb County child, named Keyana, is hoping for a bed. Keyana is homeless and living in a hotel room with her five siblings and mother. Although she says she’s thankful for her one-room “house,” what she really wants for her Christmas is her own bed. Keyana is one of many children receiving help from the Macomb Charitable Foundation. President Shelly Penzien shared Keyana’s letter to Santa, as well as one from another children with Patch.com. Penzien said the Macomb Charitable Foundation is looking for support this Christmas in one of four ways:
Sunday, October 28, 2012
Homeless children will receive the blankets, created by soon-to-be Eagle Scout Michael Pezok and friends, through the Macomb Charitable Foundation.
Several Macomb County homeless children will have a fleece blanket to call their own thanks to the efforts of soon-to-be Eagle Scout Michael Pezok, 17. The Sterling Heights teen, along with the help of 16 volunteers, created 54 knotted fleece blankets for the Macomb Charitable Foundation, a nonprofit based in Macomb Township. Pezok, of Troop 210 in Sterling Heights, made the blankets as his Eagle Scout project, the highest rank a Boy Scout can achieve. Making the blankets wasn’t cheap. It cost $720 for the materials, which Pezok raised through a can and bottle drive. He also received cash donations as well as donated fleece. In total, he earned $770 and donated the extra $50 to the MCF. “We visit with families who are homeless all the …
Thursday, October 25, 2012
The Second Story Used Book Sale, a fundraiser benefiting the Macomb Charitable Foundation, runs until Sunday, Oct. 28, at St. Peter Lutheran Church. In addition to books, the sale offers records, eight-tracks, CDs, DVDs, and VHS tapes.
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
Think you’ll have too much candy? Make plans to visit the big orange collection tub Nov. 1-19 at the Macomb Township Rec Center. Goodies go to families in need this Christmas.
Did your kids’ Halloween sweets last well into Valentine’s Day last year? If that’s the case or even if you just want to get rid of some of the excess, consider donating the unwanted goodies to charity. Candy 4 Kids, offered annually by the Parks and Recreation Department, gives Macomb Township residents a chance to donate Halloween treats to the Macomb Charitable Foundation and/or the St. John Providence Health System Christmas store. Both charities distribute candy bags to needy families over the holidays. Residents may donate candy by dropping it off at the Recreation Center Nov. 1-19. There will be signs throughout the center and an orange labeled tub at the front desk for easy drop off. “We started out the first year collecting …
Sunday, October 7, 2012
The annual event, held Oct. 24-28 this year at St. Peter's Lutheran Church, benefits the Macomb Charitable Foundation. The sale made more than $11,000 last year.
Bill and Dianne Wetzel may be officially retired from the workforce, but they certainly aren’t finished working. The Wetzels, who live in Macomb Township, spend a great portion of their time preparing for the annual Second Story Used Book Sale, a fundraiser benefiting the Macomb Charitable Foundation. This isn’t a small book sale. For the Oct. 24-28 event at St. Peter Lutheran Church, the Wetzels have already collected more than 25,000 books. “And more keep coming in daily,” Dianne said. Along with matching funds and a $500 donation from Kohl’s, the 2011 book sale made more than $11,000. All proceeds go toward the Macomb Charitable Foundation, a Macomb Township nonprofit that helps homeless children and their families. The Wetzels …
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Macomb Township residents are among some of the top givers in the country, according to national study by The Chronicle of Philanthropy.
Whether it's money to local synagogues or churches, food banks or animal shelters, metro Detroit residents are givers. Those are among the findings of a six-month project released Monday by The Chronicle of Philanthropy researching "giving habits" of Americans. The research breaks down giving by zip code, town, county and state and is based on a year’s worth of IRS 1040 forms from households nationwide. Researchers did a deep dive into various avenues of giving, including whether it was for religious or secular organizations and how much of one's household income was devoted to charity. For an apples-to-apples comparison, the data collected was on the percentage of post-tax income that was donated. In the two zip codes that encompass …
Monday, August 6, 2012
Macomb County Sheriff's officers, with the help of the Central Macomb Optimist Club and Meijer staff, helped 113 low-income students buy clothing, school supplies and personal items for the start of the school year.
From “cool” backpacks to sweet smelling shampoo, 113 Macomb County children got their back-to-school shopping done with a little help from the Macomb County Sheriff’s Department and Central Macomb Optimist Club this past weekend. It was the Washington Township Meijer that played host to the annual “Shop with the Sheriff” event, with 45 local families benefiting from this year's shopping spree. Partnered with a member of the Macomb County Sheriff’s Department or reserves, each child had the opportunity to shop for 90 minutes, filling their shopping carts with clothing, personal hygiene products and much-needed school supplies. “Meijer is honored to partner with the Central Macomb Optimist Club and the Macomb County Sheriff’s Department to …
Tuesday, July 10, 2012
The Macomb Charitable Foundation supports Macomb's homeless children and their families in a variety of ways throughout the year and needs community support to help these children and their families through the summer.
The Macomb Charitable Foundation estimates there are now more than 1,200 homeless school-age children in Macomb County, most of which have no place to go during the summer months. When shelters close for the day, some of these children and their families can be found riding the Smart bus to escape the heat, or wandering the aisles of Meijer or Walmart to stay out of the sun. "Most of these children come from families with little or no income and spend their days seeking relief from the summer heat," wrote MCF President Shelly Penzien, in an email to MCF supporters. "While our children look forward to summer vacation, the homeless child misses the breakfast and lunch provided to them, as well as the interaction with their peers. They have …
Tuesday, March 27, 2012
The Macomb Charitable Foundation supports Macomb's homeless children and their families in a variety of ways throughout the spring and summer months. This Easter season, they need your support to continue their efforts.
Although best known for its "Christmas for Kids" program, the Macomb Charitable Foundation works throughout the year to support the more than 950 homeless school-age children currently living in Macomb County. It is the mission of this Macomb Township-based charity to make a difference in the lives of local children and their families, and this Easter season, MCF representatives are asking the community to offer their support in any way they can. Here are a few ways you can help: In May, the foundation will be giving its female pantry visitors and homeless mothers new or gently-used purses filled with essentials, such as Band-Aids, lotion, aspirin, hand sanitizer, feminine hygiene products, and more. Consider making a financial donation …