DAVISON — Todd Wenzel wanted to do something for the community which has been supportive of his Buick GMC dealership over the years, so he made a generous contribution to Outreach East just in time for the holidays.
Drew Smith, general manager of Todd Wenzel Buick GMC in Davison, said Wenzel wanted to show his appreciation for the community by helping with a local cause during the holiday season.
“Mr. Wenzel wanted to give something back to a local foundation,” said Smith. “Someone who would be a good steward for the funds.”
He chose Outreach East in Davison to make a $10,000 contribution to help with local families in need during Thanksgiving and Christmas. Smith said the dealership wanted to help at this time of year because right now the need is greater during the holidays, especially with COVID-19.
Outreach East is a nondenominational, walk-in, year-round emergency resource center dedicated to assisting area individuals and families with food and other essentials.
Established in 1990, Outreach services Goodrich, Davison, and Otisville, Michigan. It is supported by the generosity of the community 20 through local individuals, churches, businesses and clubs, Outreach East can reach out and help meet some of the basic needs of area families.
Jan Lebert, director of Outreach East, said the contribution comes at a time when Outreach East is in dire need of assistance.
Because of the COVID-19 shutdown, she said more people are reaching out to the organization for help this holiday season, but donations are down because fundraising efforts have been stifled by the pandemic.
“We’ve had double the applications,” said Lebert. “But we’re receiving less from the community in contributions because of the impact COVID-19 is having.”
Smith said Wenzel wanted to keep the donation in the Davison community to aid local people who may be experiencing difficult times at the holidays.
Lebert said the money will help with food, gifts and Outreach’s bill assistance program.