25 families get holiday assistance
Christmas came a little early for more than two dozen families in Lansing, thanks to the generosity of the Lansing community.
On Friday, Dec. 15, packages were distributed to 25 underprivileged families - with 70 children - from donors to the Mayor's Christmas Tree and Angel Tree programs sponsored by the city.
"In the four years I've been here, this is the biggest year yet," said City Clerk Sunshine Petrone, who oversaw the collections. "We've grown every year."
Individuals, groups and businesses brought in items or monetary donations for the programs, Petrone said. The items ranged from CDs and DVDs to Barbie dolls and accessories to toys.
In addition, about 30 bicycles refurbished by inmates at Lansing Correctional Facility were distributed to local children.
Members of local civic groups, including Lansing PRIDE, Lions Club and Kiwanis Club, gathered Friday to sort the bounty and ready the gifts for the families.
In addition to their Christmas gift requests, which the families registered with the city, each child received clothes and each family received a gift card for food.
The gifts don't go unappreciated, Petrone said. One card received at City Hall after the gifts were disbursed said, "Thank you so much for the Christmas assistance. It really means a lot."
Petrone reminded residents it's never too early to think about next year's programs.