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Make the holidays brighter with 25 Days of Giving

For the fifth year in a row NBC25 News and Catholic Charities of Shiawasee and Genesee Counties are teaming up to help those in need.

FLINT — For the sixth year in a row, NBC25, FOX66 and Catholic Charities of Shiawassee and Genesee Counties are teaming up to help those in need.

All through the month of December, you can donate non-perishable food items, personal care items, and winter coats, hats, gloves, and mittens.

Starting December 1, you can drop off items at all Dort Federal Credit Union branches, Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. and Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. Their locations are:

• 2845 Davison Road in Flint

• 1091 W. Hill Road, in Mundy Township

• 1441 S. State Road in Davison

• 5091 W. Pierson Road, Flushing

• 9050 Holly Road, Grand Blanc Township

• 14265 Fenton Road, Fenton

• 1742 DeMille Road, Lapeer

You can also donate at:

C&L Ward, 9284 Lapeer Road, Davison

• Catholic Charities North End Soup Kitchen, 735 East Stewart Avenue, Flint

“There are so many individuals and families in our community who are struggling to get by. I think this is especially true during the holiday season,” said Vicky Schultz, President and CEO of Catholic Charities of Shiawassee and Genesee Counties.

Catholic Charities’ three soup kitchens served more than 197,000 meals to Genesee County residents last year and relied heavily on donations. They accept non-perishable food items, cutlery kits, cups, napkins, and monetary donations. Foods most needed currently are pasta, tomato sauce, canned vegetables, canned meat, rice, beans, boxed potatoes, stuffing, and canned fruit.

Catholic Charities’ Center for Hope Community Closet distributes toiletries, household items, and clothing to persons in need. They are most in need of bar soap, dish soap, laundry soap, shampoo, toothpaste, toilet paper, and deodorant. They accept travel-sized and hotel toiletries. Also, there is an urgent need for new or gently used winter items such as hats, gloves, mittens, coats, snow pants, boots, and blankets for all ages, especially for children. They have distributed more than 900 coats since October 1st of this year and need much more.

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