October 18, 2014 at 12:01 am

Helping Hands: A Detroit News holiday tradition

For 26 years, The Detroit News has told the stories of Michiganians in need around the holidays and invited readers to adopt them. It’s been a warm, generous, uplifting, and in some cases life-changing program.

A good non-profit, though, can peel a $20 bill in half and spend it twice. It doesn’t just get bang for a buck, it gets a whole fireworks show. So this holiday season, we’ll shine a light on some outstanding agencies who help those in need.

How you can help

Here is a small sample of organizations who could use your dollars or donated items or volunteer services. Follow the links to their websites.

  • Vista Maria: Helping at-risk girls with a variety of programs. Based in Dearborn Heights.
  • The Arc of Macomb County: Services people with disabilities and their families. Involved in employment, recreation, social activities and advocacy. Based in Clinton Township.
  • Holy Cross Children's Services: Caring for abused, abandoned and neglected children since 1948. Also involved in community-based programs including foster care and day treatment. Multiple offices in Michigan.
  • Crossroads of Michigan: Social service outreach agency providing emergency assistance, advocacy and counseling to anyone in need. Two Detroit offices, soup kitchen, employment office.
  • The Bottomless Toy Chest: Devoted to delivering interactive toys, hands-on activities and crafts to pediatric cancer patients in Michigan's major cancer hospitals. Based in Birmingham.
  • Furniture Bank of Southeastern Michigan: Collects gently-used furniture in Oakland and Macomb counties to provide beds and essential home furnishings to children and families in need. Based in Pontiac.
  • First Step: Provides services to support victims of domestic and sexual violence in western Wayne County and Downriver.
  • Osborn Neighborhood Alliance: Small, grass-roots group in Detroit needs 250 hats, coats and gloves for neighborhood children.
  • LA SED: Latin Americans for Social and Economic Development serves Southwest Detroit residents regardless of ethnicity with a variety of bilingual services.

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