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Save money, donate food to Flint Children’s Museum

FLINT — Families looking to give this season can do so in a fun and cost saving way. The Flint Children’s Museum is offering $1 off general admission to their Museum in exchange for non-perishable food items that will be donated to Catholic Charities this winter.

Last year, more than 170,000 people were served at Catholic Charities, and as many as 125 people each day sought refuge from the cold, and were welcomed by volunteers and staff to hot coffee, food, and safety, and the need is expected to rise again this year according to Catholic Charities.

So, in partnership with Catholic Charities and NBC 25, the Flint Children’s Museum is now a drop off location for food items, and is accepting non-perishable food items in exchange for discounts on Museum admission.

“Some food staples that we would suggest include canned vegetables and fruit, pasta sauce, pasta, and any other popular items that have a long shelf life, said Kimberly Roddy, Director of Operations.

Details: Call 810-767-5437, or e-mail — G.G.

Adopt a Family program still accepting donations

FLINT — Shelter of Flint’s Adopt a Family program is seeking additional donors to provide holiday gifts for women and children in the Emergency Shelter program. Homelessness and need do not take a break for the holidays and this program truly makes a difference in the lives of these families.

The gifts these families receive will make the holiday season a little brighter. These families are taking the steps needed to achieve stable housing, but while struggling, there just aren’t enough resources to provide holiday gifts. Gifts to a Shelter of Flint family will help to bridge the gap from hopeless to hopeful — bringing joy this holiday season.

For more information, or to be matched with a family, please call Meg Sprecher, Development Assistant, at 810-238-4711, ext. 305 to be matched with a family. The family’s information, including their first name, age, gender, and sizes, along with their wish list (with no one item valued at more than $30) will be sent to you. — G.G.

Flint Area Unity Council holding AA classes

GENESEE COUNTY — The Flint Area Unity Council has 235 Alcoholics Anonymous meetings listed in its 2013 meeting book, which will be available in January. The AA Helpline is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week at 810-234-0815.

For meeting schedules and other information, visit the website at: — G.G.

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