Here is how you can help Flint organizations during the holidays

FLINT, Michigan -- The holiday season is always difficult for families in need. That need is amplified during the COVID-19 pandemic, with high unemployment and worries about the health of loved ones adding to the costs associated with the winter months, including higher utility bills, holidays, and healthcare costs associated with cold and flu season.

 

Flintside is inviting organizations that provide basic services and vital necessities to people to share what their needs are this winter and how those who can help can best support them. If you would like your organization to be added to this list, simply fill out this form.

 

Active Boys in Christ

Contact: Derrick Watkins, (810) 391-2296

Need(s): The 20-25 families (youth age ranges are 7-17 years old) served by Active Boys in Christ would benefit from gift cards for food and gas from Kroger, Meijer, and Walmart as well as boots, scarfs, hats, gloves, coats, and socks.

 

Carriage Town Ministries

Contact: Tamela Rigg, volunteer coordinator, [email protected]

Need(s): Carriage Town has an Amazon Wish List and also needs pillows/pillowcases, scrubs for men and women, disinfectant wipes, cereal, large size personal needs items (deodorant, toothpaste, lotion), coats for men and women (sizes Large, XL, 2XL, 3XL), two televisions for COVID-19 and Triage units.

 

Center for Higher Educational Achievement

Contact: Dr. Marsay Wells-Strozier, Ed.d, (810) 553-2140

Need(s): CHEA is looking for assistance with bus passes for clients and students.

 

Crossover Downtown Outreach Ministry

Contact: (810) 234-2479 or [email protected]

Need(s): Crossover provides free emergency food, clothing, personal hygiene, and household items for those in need. The Christmas program provides 100 families with Christmas gifts. This holiday season, people can help Crossover uplift those in need by donating Christmas gifts for our families as well as items such as food, clothing, and more for daily services. Urgent needs can be found on their website at crossoverministryflint.org and Christmas Gift ideas can be found here. Monetary donations are accepted to support programs.

 

Flint STRIVE

Contact: (810) 232-5661

Need(s): Flint STRIVE needs space heaters, youth coats, computer tablets for youth, tike bikes, and desks for teens.

 

Food Bank of Eastern Michigan

Contact: (810) 239-4441

Need(s): The Food Bank needs monetary donations to support getting more food into the community. During the pandemic, the Food Bank has more than doubled the amount of food it distributed over the same period last year. Donations can be made online.

 

Greater Flint Arts Council

Contact: Greg Fiedler, (810) 238-2787

Need(s): GFAC seeks a donation of a new or used van of any size.

 

Neighborhood Engagement Hub

Contact: Ashley Everhart, [email protected]

Need(s): Office supplies (especially paper, paper clips, staplers), and desk chairs.

 

South Flint Soup Kitchen

Contact: (810) 239-3427

Need(s): South Flint Soup Kitchen is currently taking donations for their Christmas Gifts for the Southside Flint Funder Campaign and they also have an Amazon Wishlist to see some of their other needs.

 

Voices for Children Advocacy Center

Contact: Claudnyse D. Holloman, Esq., president & CEO, (810) 238-333 ext. 207 or [email protected]

Need(s): The best way to help and support Voices for Children this holiday season is by making a cash donation, which directly supports free critical services for child survivors of abuse, neglect, and human trafficking. Other needs include: paper towels, Clorox wipes, individually packaged snacks (for children), juice boxes, bottled water, Sam's Club/Meijer/Kroger gift cards, batteries (all sizes), copy paper, Swiffer Pads, dishwashing liquid, laundry detergent, foaming hand soap (non-white), toilet paper, and tissues.

 

Well of Hope

Contact: (810) 789-3407

Need(s): People can help Well of Home by filling their outdoor pantries, located at Alma and MLK Boulevard and Monteith and Dougherty streets) with non-perishable items or sending a donation earmarked for them.

 

Whaley Children’s Center

Contact: (810) 234-3603 or [email protected]

Need(s): Whaley needs body wash, shampoo, ethnic hair care products, pillows, XL twin sheets, comforters, weighted blankets, earbuds, MP3 players, snacks, gift cards to restaurants, and gift cards to grocery stores.
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