Catholic Charities provides holiday gift boxes to seniors in need

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The community came together and brought love, joy and the Christmas spirit to local home-bound and low-income county seniors on December 14, 2018 along with care packages and Christmas presents to 146 Livingston County seniors.

Through the generous support of many individuals, schools and numerous community organization holiday giving drives, Livingston County Catholic Charities (LCCC) was able to provide Christmas Blessing gift boxes and care packages to Livingston County seniors who are homebound or live at or below 150 percent of the national poverty level. Each assisted individual or couple is either served through one of LCCC’s senior service programs or was referred through our many community partners and churches.

“The last five years we’ve been averaging 112 seniors and knew the tremendous growth was coming with our aging population,” said Suzanne Snyder, Director of Senior Services. “This was the year! With the jump in numbers we put out an additional plea to the community and it was overwhelming how everyone stepped up and hosted drives or stopped by with a donation. We had many new volunteers join us this year in packaging, wrapping gifts and delivering the Christmas Blessing packages. It is because of everyone involved we were able to provide a large array of necessary items for each senior. Thank you and God Bless!”

Organizations that provided assistance through holiday giving drives or direct donations included:

Marion Township Hall, Dearborn Sausage Co., Cowdrey Family, Dan Hall—Pinckney Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram, Daughters of Isabella Society St. Augustine, Holy Spirit Catholic School, Storm Chiropractic, Pinckney Pathfinder Middle School—Choose to Lead Class, Jim and Charlotte Ratke, St. Agnes Parishioners, 5&6 Gr. Religious Ed & Christian Service, St. Augustine Parishioners, St. John the Baptist Parishioners & Christian Service Commission, Lester & Lori Vincen, Kindred Hospice, St. Mary Catholic School, St. Mary Magdalen Parishioners, St. Patrick School Families, St. Patrick Christian Service & Parishioners, Richard Lim Photography, Kensington Woods Schools, Universal Container Corp, Congressman Mike Bishop’s Office, Beth Newman,  K of C #7304, Hartland Lions Club, Elaine Perlong, St. Joseph Quilters, Catholic Council on Aging, William & Mary Reichert, Rick & Pam Abernethy, Bette Klann, Medilodge of Howell, LCCC Employees, Gift of Joy Dance, Dept. of Health & Human Services, Joanne Belloli, Hamburg Twp. Senior Center, LACASA, Perspectives Therapy Svc., St. Mary’s Men’s Club, Coalition of Oral Health for Aging, St. John Episcopal, K of C #11761, K of C #8169, Joel & Lucinda Clark,  Greg Rohkohl, Brighton Kroger, Hartland Senior Center, Creative Eldercare, Eileen Somers, Paula Hamlin, Mary McGovern, Busch’s Market, Frontal Lobe Co-working, St. Joseph School, Heather Aeschliman, Livingston County Consortium on Aging, Coalition of Oral Health on Aging, and Right at Home Senior Care.

Collectively, volunteers, the generous donors and organizations provided hundreds of hours of service through this project. This is an example of true collaboration between the community, LCCC and many other concerned individuals and organizations. We are truly thankful for this support on behalf of the people that we serve.

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