2012-10-11 / Lifestyles

Christmas program kicks off

Agency seeks donors, assistance applicants

MANISTIQUE – The Schoolcraft County Department of Human Services is now taking applications for its Christmas program. The Community Giving Christmas Program provides Christmas gifts for community children in need, as well as a food certificate for a Christmas meal for individuals and families.

The program is countywide and run by the volunteer Schoolcraft Christmas Committee, DHS, Manistique Ministerial Association, St. Vincent de Paul, the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians, and the Salvation Army.

To be eligible, a family or individual must be on either the Family Independence Program or Food Assistance Program with DHS in Schoolcraft County and living independently. Initial mailing of the application has been sent, so if an eligible family has not received one in the mail, they are encouraged to obtain one at the DHS office or call DHS to request one be mailed. The deadline for submitting an application is Nov. 1 (must be turned in or postmarked by that date).

Those who wish to support the program can take a gift tag from one of the area community giving trees located in area churches, banks, credit unions, and a few stores and buy a gift for a child in need. Gifts from the area giving trees are due back Dec. 3.

Monetary donations to assist with the food certificates can be sent directly to the Manistique Ministerial Association c/o Rev. Albert Valentine, 314 Main St, Manistique, MI 49854. Please mark the donation for the “Christmas Program”.

Any groups, businesses, organizations or individuals can sponsor a family for Christmas, providing gifts for all of the children in the same family by contacting DHS. The deadline to apply for a sponsor family is Oct. 20.

For more information, contact John Sherman-Jones, community resource coordinator, Schoolcraft County DHS at (906) 341-4511.

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