2017 Year in Review

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October
28

HOW TOTE BAGS OF LOVE DID IN 2017

Tote Bags of Love is a very small organization with only a numeral number of volunteers.  The majority of our volunteers are Senior Citizens and many have issues with their health.  The year 2017 was an interesting one for Tote Bags of Love.  Starting in November 2016 thru October 2017 the Founder of Tote Bags of Love, Sharon Therrian have had 2 major surgeries and broke the humerus bone in her left arm in two pieces.  Sharon was told that she could not lift anything heavier than a fork until January 2018.  After that she will not to be able to lift anything heavier than 5 pounds.  At the production events Tote Bags of Love supplies everything – scissors, rulers, material, thread, sew machines (ours are all metal and made in the 1970s or earlier). we supply water and snacks.   People are told that all they need to do is attend the event and want to help.  Due to Sharon’s restrictions and other volunteer health issues it became necessary to put all our production events on hold starting November 2106 until further notice.  That did not stop us from helping those in need.  With the help of our wonderful volunteers and members and organization within our community we could do the following.

In January

  • Gave over 3 dozen Hats, Scarfs, Gloves and Socks Turning Point located in Mt. Clemens
  • Donated over a dozen hats to Big Family of Michigan in Harrison Township.
  • Donated 50 Mini Duffel bags to the Women Marines Association, MI-2 Motor City Chapter.

In February

  • Gave 20 Weather-Proof Tote Bags, 20 Mini Duffel Bags, and 10 Multi-Use Tote Bags to The Orchards Cupboard Food Pantry

In March

  • Gave over a 100 pieces of various personal size hygiene products (soap, shampoo, conditioner, etc.) to Trinity Lutheran Church located in Utica, MI. They have a ministry called SSS – Supper/Sack Lunch/Showers. Every Sunday between 2:00 – 5:00 PM they provide a meal, showers, haircuts (when available) and clothing to an average of 110 guests.  A sack lunch is also available to each guest as they leave.  15% of their guests are homeless, the rest of them are often income challenged.  Trinity has been doing this since August, 2002.

In April

  • Gave 53 Weather-Proof Tote Bags filled with Hygiene Kits giving to Old Settlers VFW Post 4659, Shelby Township, MI.

In May

  • Gave 50 Mini Duffel bags to the Women Marines Association, MI-2 Motor City Chapter to be place in large post office boxes and sent overseas to our service personnel

In June

  • Over a 50 pieces of full size hygiene products (soap, shampoo, conditioner, etc.) to Turning Point in Mt. Clements, MI

In July

  • Gave $100.00 to Kiwanis Club Utica Shelby Twp. for 2017 Kid’s Day at the Farm

In August

  • Gave a variety of school supplies to Woman’s Life Chapter 911 for their back to school drive.
  • Gave 90 backpacks filled with school supplies and hygiene products for autistic children that go to school in Pontiac.
  • Had 158 Christmas cards signed that will be sent overseas to our military.

In September

  • Gave 90 Weather-Proof Tote Bags to Feed the Need – Filled with Hygiene Kits
  • Gave 10 Multi-Use Tote Bags to Powel Junior High in Romeo – 6 were filled with school supplies

In October

  • Gave 2 dozen stuff animals and 18 coloring books to Big Family
  • Gave 30 Personal size Soap, Moisture, Emery Boards, and Shampoo to “All Worthy of Love” located in Pontiac that helps individuals that have been involved with Human Trafficking
  • Gave 24 Weather-Proof Tote Bags and 49 Hygiene Kits to Handbags of Hope
  • Gave a variety of school supplies, 50 large toothpaste, and 50 large soap to Big Family

2016 Year in Review

Posted by: Sharon Therrian Tags: There is no tags | Categories: YEARS IN REVIEW

October
28

HOW TOTE BAGS OF LOVE DID IN 2016

Tote Bags of Love brought the community together at 50 Production Events.  Through these events and the generosity  of members and organizations of our  community we were able to do the following:

In January

  • Donate 80 hats and scarfs to Robby Eimers from the Eimers Foundation. Robby is 13 years old and every Saturday goes to Downtown Detroit to distribute food, clothing and hygiene products to our less fortunate.

In February

  • The following was giving to Trinity Lutheran Church for our Less Fortunate: 25 Weather-Proof Tote Bags, 29 Blankets for Adults and Children, and 32 pairs of gloves for Adults and Children.
  • 130 Various sizes of Duffel Bags were presented to a group of McLaren Cancer Survivors that are also volunteers at the McLaren Cancer Center. They will be filling these bags given them to Cancer Patients when they come to the Center to receive their Cancer treatment.

In March

  • Gave 20 Backpacks to a group of individuals that make 20 hygiene packs each month and gives them to an organization called “All Worthy of Love”. Instead of placing the hygiene packs in plastic shopping bags – they will be using these Backpacks.  “All Worthy of Love” helps individuals that have been involved with Human Trafficking.

In April

  • Gave Covenant Christian Center International located in Mt. Clemens 75 Multi-Use Tote Bags and 50 Mini Duffel bags. This Church houses a warming center for a week during the month of April.  They distributed the various bags to the less fortunate that took part in the warming center during that week.
  • Gave 20 hygiene packs to the St George Orthodox Church in Troy. These hygiene packs will be packed with other items and sent to our military.

In May

  • Gave Comprehensive Services for the Developmentally Disabled, Inc. located in New Haven – 25 Mini Duffel bags and 5 Multi-Use Tote Bags.

 

In June

  • Gave The Orchards Cupboard Food Pantry located on McKay Rd. in Bruce Twp., MI – 20 Weather-Proof Tote Bags.
  • Gave Big Family a 100 full size tubes of toothpaste.

In July

  • Gave Turning Point located in Mt. Clemens the following items: 50 Weather-Proof Tote Bags containing hygiene kits, 6 bags and boxes containing woman’s feminine hygiene products, bottles of sun screen, bottles sun burn lotion, wipes, wallets, etc.

In August

  • Tote Bags of Love received a donation of the 2 Tiger tickets with seating in the Jack Daniels’ Champion Club and a ticket to park in the Tigers’ garage. These tickets were given to Tote Bags of Love to be used toward our fundraising efforts. However, it was decided to donate them to a Spaghetti Raffle/Fundraiser for Cristel Morris.  Cristel is 38 years old and mother of 5.  It was brought to Tote Bags of Love’s attention that Cristel just survived having 2 Brain Aneurisms removed.  She would be having extensive rehabilitation therapy and only had a limited amount of funds.

In September

  • We gave a monetary donation of $250.00 to “Love a Michigan Vet Project”. This organization’s goal is to support Michigan Veterans and their families.  They have done this in the following ways.   They supplied a much needed car to a veteran, partner with 4 veteran shelters (175 veterans) in the area, they host packing parties where the items will be sent to our deployed service members, they are planning on having a Christmas dinner party for all 4 shelters (175 veterans) and are adopting Veteran families for Christmas. (They helped 30 last year).  This donation will be used to cover cost of dinners at the 4 veteran shelters that they support in October, 2016

 In October

  • Donated 60 Weather-Proof Tote Bags, to the Pope Francis center in downtown Detroit. The Pope Francis Center provides a welcoming and safe place for Detroit’s homeless to tend to their most basic and vital needs. They treat each of their guests as a whole person, ministering to their mind, body and spirit while honoring them with dignity and respect.
  • Donated 30 Weather-Proof Tote Bags that were taking to downtown Detroit to be giving to our Less Fortunate (homeless).

In November

  • Donated 80 Pairs of Men’s XL Boxer underwear and 150 Mini Duffels to “Love a Michigan Vet Project”.

In December

  • Once a month a group of very caring and kind individuals go to downtown Detroit to help our Less Fortunate (homeless). They give them food and various other items that are needed.    The following was donated to this group: 50 Weather-Proof Tote Bags that are the perfect size for younger children.  They were also given several dozens of hats, gloves, scarfs and socks that will be used by adults and children.

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