Tecumseh Service Club kicks off 'Adopt-A-Family' program

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Tecumseh Service Club officers are pleased with donations made through the “Can Do” Community Food Drive. Donations will be shared with the Service Club and God’s Bread Basket. Pictured (l-r) are: Dennis Bowman, president; Jennifer Shearer, recording secretary and adoptions; Colleen Sunderland, corresponding secretary and Christmas coordinator; and Marianne Smith, treasurer. Photo by Deb Wuethrich.

The Tecumseh Service Club’s “Adopt-A-Family” program is underway, following a sign-up that took place on Nov. 2. Over 90 families signed up for assistance, and Colleen Sunderland, corresponding secretary and Christmas coordinator said more families would likely be referred to them yet this season.

“There are more than 300 children in the families that signed up,” Sunderland said.

As in previous years, those who adopt families will be given ages, sizes and interests for children and those adopting are to provide at least one outfit, pajamas, socks, underwear and at least one toy. Those who wish to adopt a family should contact Jennifer Shearer at 423.7662.

Other ways community members may participate include taking a tag from a gift tree at the Daily Grind and purchasing that item; donating a new book through the Tecumseh District Library’s Gift of Reading program, which benefits the Service Club; and donating food to the city’s Community Food Drive. Sunderland said Tecumseh Public Schools is also conducting a food drive the week of November 11.

“Toys for Tots also contributes a lot of toys for our program,” said Sunderland. “We just have such wonderful community support. Our churches help year round, the Knights of Columbus help us, and so many others.”

Private organizers are working on a fundraiser to benefit the Service Club as well, featuring Santa, music, raffles and gifts. The event is being planned for early December with a date to be announced.

Those wishing to adopt will be delivering donations to the Tecumseh Masonic and Tecumseh Methodist Church on Bishop Reed Drive. Adoptive families will pick up groceries and gifts on December 21.

Last year, the club provided food and gift baskets for 179 families (384 children), and 167 of those families were adopted. The group also provides grocery gift certificates for seniors in need.

Send monetary donations to: Tecumseh Service Club, 9466 Stone Hwy., Tecumseh, MI 49286.

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