The Holiday Mitten Tree is up at the Interlochen Public Library, 9700 Riley Road, and ready to be decorated with new mittens, scarves and hats.
Donations may be hung on the tree through Dec. 20. The items then will be distributed to students at Interlochen and Blair elementary schools. For details, call the library, 276-6767.
Benzie Area Christian Neighbors was recently gifted with 23 children’s bicycles from McLain Cycle & Fitness in Traverse City and Cadillac. The bikes will be given as Christmas presents to children in the BACN service area of Benzie and Manistee counties.
The bikes were gathered during the summer as part of McLain’s “Trade Up” program. When children whose families purchased their bike at McLain’s need a new bike, 100 percent of their purchase price is applied toward their next bike purchase.
“We want to pass on the love of bikes to the next generation,” Kris McLain explained.
“A big thank you to Kris and Bob McLain for donating these bikes to charity and giving less fortunate kids a chance to find something great under the tree this Christmas,” said David Abeel, BACN director of development. “There is nothing that cheers our volunteers more than reaching out to neighbors in a way that directly helps children.”
David also wants to thank Tim Krause from the Benzie Sunshine Rotary Club in Beulah, who also is founding chair of the Bike Benzie Tour, for helping make arrangements and transporting some of the bikes to Benzonia.
Through a joint effort by Michigan Blood and Blue Care Network of Michigan, $10 for every person who attempted to donate blood during an October blood drive was donated to the Women’s Cancer Fund. The blood drive was tied to the Remembrance Run and raised $1,000 for the Women’s Cancer Fund.
The 13th annual Chili Cook Off and Silent Auction to benefit With A Little Help From My Friends was a great success. More than 300 people attended the event, which raised $6,000 for the organization’s pet crisis center.