In brief

Lions selling trees

GOODRICH — The Goodrich Lions Club, will be holding its annual Christmas tree sale at 9196 S. State Rd (M-15). Monday through Friday hours are 2-7 p.m., Saturday hours are 10 a.m.-7 p.m. and Sunday hours are 12-6 p.m. Details: Call 810-241-4426. — P.S.

Merkley Youth Charitable Trust makes gift to The Flint Diaper Bank

FLINT — A generous donation from the Merkley Youth Charitable Trust will help purchase thousands of diapers for children in need in Genesee County.

The trust, administered by FirstMerit Private Bank, awarded $2,000 to The Flint Diaper Bank. This is the first time the Merkley Youth Charitable Trust has made this gift, said Phil Shaltz, founder of The Flint Diaper Bank.

The Flint Diaper Bank, founded in 2013, supplied more than 1 million diapers in its first year. The diapers are distributed through the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan to struggling families in Genesee County.

There is no government assistance available (including WIC or food stamps) to purchase diapers — even for the most impoverished families, although an adequate supply of diapers can cost $100 a month. More than 4,500 children under the age of 3 live in poverty in Genesee County.

Details: Visit — G.G.

The Wisemen (and women) join Old Newsboys

FLINT — The spirit of Christmas is alive and well at Randy Wise Automotive. For every new or used vehicle sold from their six locations across Genesee County, they will partner with the Old Newsboys of Flint to bring Christmas gifts to one child this Christmas.

“It’s vitally important that we play a key role in improving the lives of those in need, and what better way to do this than with children and the Old Newsboys,” said Chris Wise, Vice President of the Randy Wise Automotive Team.

“This couldn’t come at a better time,” says Old Newsboys Executive Director, Chris Hamilton. “We’ve already signed up 1,800 kids this year—and it’s not even Thanksgiving!”

“Our entire team is committed to helping this county,” said Randy Wise, CEO of the Randy Wise Automotive Team. “Chris and I are both on the board of the United Way, and Chris is also on the board of the Boys & Girls Club of Flint.

Since 1924, the Old Newsboys have provided Christmas gifts to more than 787,000 children. Every child enrolled in the Old Newsboys’ Christmas Program receives a sweat suit, socks and underwear, gloves and a hat, dental hygiene products, and an age-appropriate toy or gift.

Details: Visit or call 810-744-1840.— G.G.

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