‘Tis the season to give, but for Shelby Township employees giving is a year-round initiative as township employees donated more than $30,000 to charitable organizations, as well as donations of food items, throughout 2014.
“Our employees deliver impeccable service, and they also go above and beyond personally for the community in which they work and live,” Township Supervisor Rick Stathakis said. “And many of the donations were done anonymously by folks looking to individually give back to the community.”
Shelby Township Firefighters Local 1338 hosted it’s 24th Annual Red Hot Night in February raising more than $13,500 for the Great Lakes Burn Camp. The camp provides a unique experience that promotes healing, self-esteem, confidence and general well-being for burn-injured children.
In addition to contributions to the Shelby Township Lions and Kiwanis clubs, the Shelby Township Parks and Recreation Committee, and local schools, the firefighters local also collected more than $6,000 for the Muscular Dystrophy Association through the annual Fill-the-Boot campaign Nov. 28 and 29 and more than $7,000 for the Children’s Hospital of Michigan located in Detroit at their annual golf outing.
The Shelby Township Police Officers Association donated to several charitable causes such as helping needy families through various events. The officers’ endeavors were highlighted by its annual donation drive for the Walter Reed Army Medical Center.
The officers association contributed, collected and delivered charitable donations of MP3 players, iTunes gift cards and other items to help wounded soldiers through their healing process at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington D.C.
The International Union UAW Local 1777, representing the Township’s general employees, contributed more than $1,500 to multiple organizations including the Knights of Columbus St. Lawrence, MIU Men’s Health Organization, the American Cancer Society, Thin Blue Line of Michigan and Sharing.Org to supply 132 gift boxes to needy children.
Shelby TV, the township’s Cable TV department, donated $2,500 in the form of in-kind service to the Paint Creek Center for the Arts, a program dedicated to promoting the arts programs including exhibitions, classes, outreach programs, community involvement projects and the Art & Apples Festival.
Throughout the month of November, the township’s Human Resource Department hosted a food drive. Employees donated more than 330 nonperishable food items to Forgotten Harvest, a non-profit organization that services roughly 2,000-square miles in Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties.
“It is an honor to work with such giving people. You couldn’t ask for a better team,” Stathakis said.