Swartz Creek Chamber, Financial Plus gearing up for 15th annual Whatchamacallit benefit for Old Newsboys



Rudolph made a guest appearance at the 2017 Whatchamacallit, and took a moment to pose for a snapshot with Swartz Creek Chamber Vice President Nathan Shue and ambassador Kali Varner.

Rudolph made a guest appearance at the 2017 Whatchamacallit, and took a moment to pose for a snapshot with Swartz Creek Chamber Vice President Nathan Shue and ambassador Kali Varner.

FLINT — The Swartz Creek Area Chamber of Commerce and Financial Plus Credit Union have teamed up again to help make Christmas a little merrier for some needy children.

The 15th annual Whatchamacallit business networking breakfast will raise money for Old Newsboys of Flint.

Whatchamacallit brings area business leaders together for food, fun, fellowship and the chance to win gift baskets donated by chamber members and other merchants.

Last year’s Whatchamacallit, which includes a food drive, raised $2,593 for Old Newsboys. In addition, 363 pounds of food was collected for the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan.

The Old Newsboys helped more than 6,000 area families in 2017, and more than 812,000 since the 1924 when the organization was founded, according to Chris Hamilton, executive director of the charity whose motto is “Let No Child Be Forgotten.”

Through Old Newsboys’ Christmas Box program, each $20 donation provides a sweat suit, underwear and socks, hats and gloves, dental hygiene products and an age-appropriate gift for children from newborns to high schoolers.

Besides providing Christmas packages, the Old Newsboys also runs a coat and shoe program and emergency box program throughout the year.

The 2018 Whatchamacallit will take place from 7-9 a.m. Dec. 7 at Financial Plus headquarters on Van Slyke Road in Flint.

Additional opportunities to help the Old Newsboys include Stuff the Ambulance with STAT EMS at noon, Nov. 25, in the VG’s parking lot at Silver Pointe Shopping Center in Fenton; the Blue Christmas at Luigi’s restaurant with the Blue Hawaiians from 6-10 p.m. Dec. 5; paper sales Dec. 14; and Clio Firehouse pancake breakfast with Santa at 9 a.m. Dec. 15.

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