Local charitable organizations participate in 'Giving Tuesday'
The sound of Christmas music was heard throughout Messiah Lutheran Church Tuesday in honor of “Giving Tuesday.”
"There's a nice little buzz here, and it's just wonderful to see people come together to support one another, but also to support this initiative of our congregation,” said Messiah Lutheran Church Senior Pastor, Andrew Plocher.
This is through the Community Assistance Fund.
"This is a special fund that we just raise money for to support local issues and those in need here locally,” explained Plocher.
Whether this is help with housing or utility bills, Plocher says Messiah Lutheran Church covers it.
In 2019, the church gave more than $27,000, which averaged out to about $94 per person.
"It's a blessing to be able to do this in our community. The more that we receive, the more that we're able to continue to give,” he said.
Meanwhile, Northern Michigan University is collecting personal care products like soap, toothpaste and even non-perishable food items to donate back to the community.
"We have bags spread out all around campus, and right now we're collecting them and then counting the items,” said NMU Food Pantry Coordinator and Intern, CJ Maresh.
The food pantry says their goal is to reach $2,000 to give to those in need.
"For us to be able to all come together and have the resources to fight against food insecurity is super important,” said Maresh.
If you missed Tuesday’s opportunity, both organizations welcome donations anytime throughout the year to support their causes.