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“Boots for Kids” program runs through Jan. 31

FLINT — Health Alliance Plan (HAP) is once again collecting winter boots to prevent hundreds of local children from facing a bitter cold winter without a warm pair of boots to protect their feet.

With designated collection sites in Bay City, Flint, Grand Blanc, Lapeer, Linden, Marysville, Port Huron and Saginaw, HAP hopes to collect 500 pairs of boots for children of all ages served by Carriage Town Ministries of Flint, City Rescue Michigan of Saginaw, Love INC of Greater Lapeer and Pathway Shelter of Port Huron.

“The number of people that utilize our services is constantly growing,” said John Knickerbocker, development director, Carriage Town Ministries. “Mother Nature can be very cruel, and we’re grateful to HAP and all of the Boots for Kids community partners for helping us to keep children warm and safe this winter.”

“’Boots for Kids’ is an opportunity to touch lives through a simple act of kindness,” said Anita Moliterno, general manager, HAP’s East Central regional office in Flint. “Coming from humble beginnings myself, I recall how important it was to receive help in times of need. Now, when I see children trying on their new boots, I see myself through their smiles. It’s our way of living HAP’s mission to enhance the health and well-being of the lives we touch.”

Moliterno acknowledged the local health insurance agents and other community partners who have volunteered to collect boots at their offices, as well as local Kohl’s, Meijer, Target and Wal-Mart stores that have stepped up to support the cause by donating merchandise and cash or offering boots at deeply discounted prices.

A list of drop-off locations is available at or, stop by HAP’s Flint office, located at 1397 S. Linden Rd., Suite C between 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday though Friday.

Businesses or individuals interested in becoming Boots for Kids community partners may contact Anita Moliterno at 810-230-7404. — G.G.

Preservation grant offered

DETROIT — The Michigan Architectural Foundation is once again accepting applications for the Evans Memorial Grant for Historic Preservation.

Thanks to a partnership with the Clannad Foundation, a five year commitment from Quinn Evans Architects of Ann Arbor and an anonymous endowment, a grant of $7,500 will be awarded to a not-for-profit (501(c)(3) organization that can demonstrate a creative solution to a preservation problem.

An application form and further information is available on line at the link below. The deadline is March 10. Applicants may call the Foundation at 313-965-4100 with specific questions.

Since the program began in 1999, the Evans Grant jury has awarded a total of $70,000 to 12 separate projects to stabilize and preserve structures with historic significance throughout Michigan. The jury is particularly interested in projects that can demonstrate community commitment through matching funds. David Evans, FAIA, for whom the grant is named, saw building restoration as a key element in successful downtown economic revivals and this grant encourages proposals that seek to reuse a historic property. The grant program acts as a catalyst for the continued use of Michigan’s historic building stock. — G.G.

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