Howell city staff, council, break record for donations to benefit needy

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City of Howell staffers — along with members of the Howell City Council — raised over $3,600 in this year’s friendly competition between departments to see who could raise the most to benefit a needy family over the holidays.

The event was coordinated by Lindsey Spitler, administrative assistant for the Howell Police Department. So much was raised through donations and a bottle drive that the city staff and council were able to support two families this season, for a total of 10 people.

Leading the way for most funds raised per person by cash donations was the Howell Police Department, which raised a total of $1,700. Raising the most money through bottle returns was the DPW/Cemetery staff, which raised $803 in bottle returns for a total of just over $1,000.

The city staff and council raised a total of $3,631.52, topping the totals of 2020, in which $3,028.20 was raised, and 2019, in which $2,676 was raised.

The money raised this year was used to purchase gifts for both families. And in addition, the Livingston County Animal Shelter was selected to receive items from its wishlist, in addition to cash donations.

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