Royal Oak Tribune

Volunteers rake yards for Troy seniors

Auburn Hills nonprofit provides gifts for families

- By Kathy Blake kblake@digitalfir­stmedia.com For more informatio­n, visit www.hvsb.com.

Troy People Concerned group helps seniors with yard work

Troy People Concerned, (TPC), a nonprofit service organizati­on, helped senior citizens in the community during the fall season. A total of 145 volunteers from Troy and Athens High Schools (Project Lead, Student Council and National Honor Society), St. Anastasia Catholic Church, Troy Rotary Club, Total Package Hockey Center, MYVA Group, and five Troy families raked 49 yards for seniors, according to a press release.

“2020 has been a year of crisis for our community and for our nation,” TPC President and Stone Haven Free Methodist Church Pastor George Houston said in the press release.

“The people we serve are experienci­ng this crisis on a personal level. While the needs in the community have increased, the pandemic has limited us from fully engaging in the activities that allow us to generate all of the resources needed to respond to this crisis. But we remain committed to serving those on the margins in our community,” Houston said.

The TPC is accepting donations at its website at troypeople­concerned.org. Donations of checks can be mailed to TPC, 2045 Austin Drive, Troy MI 48083.

Auburn Hills nonprofit provides holiday gifts to area families

Yatooma’s Foundation For The Kids delivered holiday gifts to three metro Detroit families with children who are facing their first holiday season after the death of a parent, according to a press release.

The foundation’s “Extreme Christmas Makeovers” included refrigerat­or-sized boxes of gifts of warm winter gear, electronic­s and more. Additional­ly, each family received a family gift such as a computer, big screen TV or game console, and a check for groceries and living expenses.

Led by “Santa Claus” (attorney and foundation founder, Norman Yatooma), the gifts were delivered Dec. 19, to the three families at their homes, located in Detroit, Clinton Township and Rochester.

The Rochester family includes a mother with four young daughters. In September the family lost their husband and father, a Bloomfield Police sergeant, to a heart attack he suffered while on the job, according to the press release.

Based in Auburn Hills, Yatooma’s Foundation For The Kids is a nonprofit which provides services such as grief counseling; needs-based financial assistance, mentorship, tuition assistance, job placement, and more. For more informatio­n, visit www.forthekids­foundation.org.

Huron Valley State Bank employees give food baskets to 6 families

Employees at Milfordbas­ed Huron Valley State Bank donated food items to fill large Thanksgivi­ng baskets for six families in the community, last month.

The bank hosted its annual food drive collecting more than 400 items of canned or boxed nonperisha­ble food items, fresh potatoes, butter, and pumpkin pies at both branches and financial center in Milford and Highland. The bank added a voucher to each food basket for a turkey at The Village Butcher, according to a press release.

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