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This year the Clare County Christmas Outreach Committee is planning and organizing the following Christmas Programs (Project Kids Christmas Outreach, Angel Tree, and Adopt a Family). The goal of this committee is to help needy Clare County households with children and needy Clare County households without children to have gifts and food during the holiday season.

Project Kids Christmas Outreach is scheduled for December 10, 2011 at the former Clare County Transit Building.  You can help Project Kids Christmas Outreach by donating a toy for children (infant to 12 year olds), or a new blanket,  or donating new or nearly new children and adult size coats, hats and mittens, and/or giving cash donations to support the food vouchers issued to every household attending. And always volunteers are needed on the day the Outreach Distribution.  For more information on PKC Outreach, call Clare County Department of Human Services at 989-539-4259.

Hosting an Angel Tree for children, ages 0 – 10, or for adults, elderly and disabled is a great way for a group or business to help.  All you need is a tree to hang the angels on and a place to put the tree so that others can pick off the angels and purchase the wishes.  Making the angels for the trees and distribution of the gifts to the recipients is completed by the Christian Services Group of St Athanasius Church in Harrison.  To learn more about hosting an Angel Tree call (989) 539-6232.

If you prefer a more personal approach in giving and enjoy shopping, you might want to Adopt-A-Family or Adopt-an-Elderly or a Disabled Person.  This Christmas Program is a way to help a low income household by purchasing gifts and food for all family members, adults and children. We have 180 low income households waiting to be adopted.  Call United Way at 386-6015 for more information about this program and to make your requests for households to adopt.

Nearly 1,500 individuals (803 children) were assisted by last year’s PKC Outreach Programs.  Since September of this year the Department of Human Services has received over 300 requests for assistance from Clare County low income families for the holiday programs and new requests continue to come in daily.  Households are permitted to participate in only one of the above programs so that resources can go further.   It is expected that the number of families needing help in Clare County will be as great as or greater than last year’s numbers