Business Briefs

Salvation Army collects 8,000 pounds of change

FLINT — Thanks to the generous support of the Genesee County community, The Salvation Army has surpassed its annual Red Kettle Campaign fund raising goal of $805,000. This year’s campaign raised a total of $817,617.24.

“Every year, our Red Kettle Campaign illustrates the generosity of the people in Genesee County and we are grateful for the tremendous support of our community,” said Bill Goodwill, Business Manager for The Salvation Army of Genesee County. Funds raised through the Red Kettle Campaign support the Army’s programs and services at Christmas and throughout the year.

A major factor in this year’s campaign success was a direct result of the many organizations, churches, service groups, schools, businesses, and individuals who generously volunteered more than 5,102 hours to ring bells at more than 60 kettle locations, assist with data entry, organize the toy shop and help with the distribution of food, clothing and toys.

“We could not have reached our campaign goal nor provided this much needed service without assistance from our dedicated volunteers,” said Marcia Heller, Volunteer Coordinator for The Salvation Army of Genesee County.

The Army would like to also extend its deep appreciation to the 2010 Christmas Campaign Honorary Co-chairs Karen Gatlin and Larry Elliott of ABC12; and Rod Prahin and Erin Bishop of CARS108 as well the local businesses who supported the organization this year, including Walmart, Sam’s Club, Kroger, VG’s Food markets, K-mart, Genesee Valley Center and Courtland Center.

Gas price show decrease

GENESEE COUNTY — Average retail gasoline prices in Michigan have fallen 4.8 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.07 a gallon early this week. This compares with the national average that has increased 0.9 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.07 a gallon, according to gasoline price website

Including the change in gas prices in Michigan during the past week, prices yesterday were 38.9 cents per gallon higher than the same day one year ago and are 8.7 cents per gallon higher than a month ago. The national average has increased 10.4 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 33.8 cents per gallon higher than this day one year ago. — G.G.

“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.

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.

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