2011-12-08 / News

Opportunities Are Plentiful For Holiday Giving In Our Communities

Cedar Post thrift store and food pantry in Cedarville will accept donations from noon through 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Because of limited storage space, donors are asked to bring fall and winter clothing but not summer clothing. Small household appliances and other items will be accepted, but the store does not have enough room for large furniture. Donations of dry and canned food, especially stuffing, instant mashed potatoes, cranberries, and other traditional Thanksgiving food are encouraged. Cedar Post is also looking for toiletries.

Church of the Straits in Mackinaw City has a food pantry and will accept dry or canned food and monetary donations 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Community Action Agency will host a senior Christmas dinner and, in February, a Walk for Warmth. Monetary donations can be mailed to 368 Reagan Street, St. Ignace, MI 49781 or dropped off between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. CAA will also have a Mackinac County Children’s Toy Drive box available for donations and will accept monetary donations for its February Walk for Warmth program.

Mackinac County Department of Human Services will help match donors with families in need for Christmas. Donors can sponsor a family and provide food baskets, gifts, or whatever the donor wants to give. The department also accepts monetary donations toward the Christmas program and coordinates with Mackinac County Children’s Toy Drive. Those who wish to donate may call Ronda Engle at 643-6115.

First National Bank of St. Ignace will have its annual Mitten Tree at the bank, from Tuesday, November 15 to Friday, December 16. The tree will collect mittens, hats, scarves, and other winter apparel for those in need. In addition, the bank will collect for the children’s toy drive.

Hope Chest thrift store in St. Ignace will accept donations any time when the store is open. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. New toys will be offered first to Mackinac County Children’s Toy Drive. Hope Chest is located at 250 Ferry Lane in St. Ignace.

The Les Cheneaux Community Library in Cedarville will collect sweaters for the Mr. Rogers Sweater Drive until Saturday, December 17. The library has been receiving many adult sweaters and is hoping to see more children’s sweaters donated. In addition, until Saturday, December 17, those with overdue books can participate in the Food for Fine program and bring in canned goods in lieu of money. Canned goods will go Cedar Post food pantry. Library hours are Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Saturday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Mackinac County Children’s Toy Drive, sponsored by Kiwanis Club of St. Ignace, will collect donations of new toys, clothing, electronics, food, and monetary donations at a variety of locations in St. Ignace. New toys, clothing, electronics, and food can be dropped at the drive-in, main, or US-2 branch of the First National Bank of St. Ignace, Ace Hardware, Central Savings Bank, Doud’s Market, Glen’s Markets, Gold Mine, Bentley’s B-n-L CafĂ©, The St. Ignace News, True Value, and U.P. Credit Union. Monetary donations can be made at First National Bank of St. Ignace drive-in branch, Autore Shell, Big Boy Restaurant, Holiday Gas Station, Pines Trading Post, Truck Stop Station, and Zodiac. Monetary donations may also be sent to Mackinac County Children’s Toy Drive, 152 Bertrand Street, St. Ignace, MI 49781.

Moose Lodge 999 in St. Ignace will accept monetary donations toward its Christmas baskets. Checks payable to the Moose Lodge can be mailed to Holiday Food Baskets, P.O. Box 305, St. Ignace, MI 49781.

The Santa’s Elves program at Cedarville Foods allows donors to pick up cards with a child’s age, sex, and identification number. Donors can then purchase gifts and return them for the children. Suggested price range for gifts is $25 to $30. Cash donations are also accepted. Further information is available from Kate Ter Haar at 484-3610.

The St. Ignace Food Pantry is especially in need of canned fruit, canned pasta, canned ravioli, and bagged potatoes, but will accept donations of any canned, dry, or frozen food and monetary donations. The pantry is open 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Donations can be dropped off at the pantry or at Hope Chest.

West Mackinac County Food Pantry in Engadine will accept canned, dry, or frozen food, including meat, paper products, laundry products, clothes, and monetary donations on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturdays noon to 3 p.m. The pantry especially needs paper towel, facial tissue, and laundry products.

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