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Food donations fill pantry shelves

Valerie DeVogelaere of Ortonville, Marla Taylor of Clarkston, and Linda Throm of Waterford stock food pantry shelves at Lighthouse. Photo by Phil Custodio (click for larger version)
December 29, 2010 - Arms filled with toys, Clarkston Medical Group staff took a break, Dec. 23, to help local folks in need.

They presented toys and $800 donations to Lighthouse Emergency Services on Sashabaw Road and Independence Township Senior Center's Bucks for Buses program.

"This is a very pleasant surprise," said Barbara Rollin, coordinator of Independence Township Senior Center. "It's a nice fund raiser at the end of the year. We're really grateful."

Clarkston Medical Group staff organized casual-Friday and can-collection fund-raisers through the year. The company matched donations.

"The majority of the donations were raised by staff many gave extra," said Dr. Tim O'Neill, president of Clarkston Medical Group.

The senior center and Lighthouse are worthy organizations helping local people in need, O'Neill said.

"For seniors who can't get around, buses are a lifeline," he said. "Lighthouse does good work for people who need it. They serve a real purpose."

"This is just awesome I thank them for thinking of us," said Michele Robinson, volunteer coordinator for senior services at Lighthouse Emergency Services. "It's wonderful how the community supports Clarkston Lighthouse."

From left, CMG staff members Katrina Stanifer, Ryan France, Nancy Gahman, Nicole Shea, Jaimee Olsen, Angie Kopka, and Dr. Tim O'Neill present donations to Michele Robinson of Lighthouse North, and Barbara Rollin, coordinator of Independence Township Senior Center. Photo by Phil Custodio (click for larger version)
With holiday-season donations from the community, Lighthouse's food pantry is well stocked for the year, Robinson said.

"The community is so giving," she said. "We don't have to ask people call and ask 'what do you need,' or just show up with donations. Once we were out of Ramen noodles, and a vanful of Ramen showed up from Our Lady of the Lakes school. That's how it happens. A lot of angels are looking out for us."

For information on Lighthouse Emergency Services, 6330 Sashabaw Road, call 248-620-6116. For information on Independence Township Senior Center, 6000 Clarkston Road, call 248-625-8231.

Phil is editor for The Clarkston News. He is a veteran of the first Iraq war, having served in the U.S. Army.
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