Tecumseh Service Club seeks community help to ‘Adopt-A-Family’
Tecumseh Service Club volunteers have been busy interviewing families requesting assistance for the holidays. The organization has been helping people from Tecumseh, Clinton, Britton and Tipton since 1932. Whether it is with rent, fuel bills, medical bills or food, the organization is there for the families throughout the year but Christmas is when the majority of requests come in.
The Service Club is asking for the community’s help. Participating in the Adopt-a-Family program is the most common and fun way to join in, according to member Colleen Sunderland.
“You choose the number of children you would like to buy for and a family is assigned to you,” said Colleen. “While the family information is kept confidential, you will get the ages, sizes and interests of each child.” She said gift givers would purchase an outfit, pajamas and at least one toy for each recipient. The gifts are due back to the Service Club on Dec. 18. The families pick up the gifts, along with groceries provided by the Service Club, in time for Christmas.
“We have had a lot of calls already to adopt, but there are still several families remaining,” said Colleen. “We also will be receiving more names from Associated Charities this week as they give local families’ names to us to handle during the holidays.”
Last year during the holiday season the Service Club provided for 214 families with 183 of those being adopted by churches, businesses, organizations and families. Many people have been participating in the program for several years and have already called to adopt a family for this year, but there are over 50 children remaining with more requests anticipated.
Financial donations also are needed. All money received is kept in the community. It will be used to help purchase groceries for the holiday distribution, grocery gift cards for senior citizens and to fulfill requests for items such as rent and heating bills throughout this year.
To help with the Adopt-a-Family program call 265-3999. Donations may be made payable to Tecumseh Service Club and mailed to 9466 Stone Highway, Tecumseh, Michigan, 49286.