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A Time to Help Update – November & December 2018

A Time to Help Update – November & December 2018

Decorating A Holiday Hit

Nov. 30 | Detroit — We’ll know for sure on Saturday, but the preliminary results were more than encouraging.

For the first time ever, A Time to Help added a second event (aka pre-gamer) in advance of SAY Detroit’s annual Christmas Party to benefit The Salvation Army Harbor Light in Detroit: a decorating party to get the Ellen A. Thompson Center all gussied up before Saturday’s big day for shelter residents and their children. . . continue reading »


A Magical Party For The Salvation Army

DETROIT: What do you get when you gather 175 children, 65 volunteers, limitless activities filled with nothing but fun — and a surprise visit from Santa Claus?

Why, it’s the annual SAY Detroit/A Time to Help Christmas Party to benefit shelter women and their children at The Salvation Army Harbor Light.

Hosted by SAY Detroit founder Mitch Albom and his radio show co-host Ken Brown, the 21st edition was a smash hit Saturday (Dec. 1), brightening the day for dozens of mothers and their children who are in need of holiday warmth and cheer this time of year. . . continue reading »

A Time to Help SAY Detroit/The Salvation Army Christmas Party- December 2018

A Time to Help SAY Detroit/The Salvation Army Christmas Party- December 2018

A Time to Help is in need of volunteers to host our annual holiday party for shelter residents and their children at The Salvation Army Harbor Light in Detroit.

With your help, the ATTH party gives needy Detroiters a heartwarming and memory-making experience. We will provide the mothers an opportunity to “shop’’ at a gift store stocked with donated new clothing, towels and toiletries, along with toys and children’s clothing for Santa to distribute. The morning will be filled with fun activities for the children — supervised by ATTH volunteers — including face painting, dancing, children’s crafts, games and more, including a magician. The popular “Relaxation Zone’’ returns for mothers to receive free manicures and massages. All guests will be treated to snacks and a pizza luncheon sponsored by Shield’s Pizza. Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus will make a surprise visit and distribute gifts to the children.

Please join SAY Detroit founder Mitch Albom for this annual holiday tradition of giving.

This is a registration-only event; all volunteers are required to sign up at here.

Event Details

Date: Saturday, December 1, 2018

Time: 9 am – 12:30 p.m.
Volunteers are asked to arrive by 9 am to check in, drop off their donated gifts, finish any last-minute decorating and sign-up for their assignment. The party will start at 9:30 am for residents on campus; guests from The Salvation Army’s other core locations will begin arriving around 10 am

Where: Ellen A. Thompson Center at The Salvation Army Harbor Light, 3737 Humboldt, Detroit, 48208. Map

Volunteers Needed: 55

What to Bring: All volunteers are asked to bring items to donate to stock the holiday store. This is where the residents will shop for gifts for their children and themselves. We encourage each volunteer to purchase at least one new, unwrapped toy or game, and one clothing or toiletry item. Gifts are to be new and unwrapped to ensure that each child and parent receives the appropriate gift.

Wish List/Moms: The shelter is requesting nighttime clothing such as nightgowns or two-piece PJs or sweat suits. Size range is small to 3X. Other items to consider donating include undergarments (bras and underwear), body wash, deodorant and pump-body spray (no aerosol sprays, please). The center is also in need of bath towels and wash cloths. All items must be purchased new.

Wish List/Children: Toys — New and unwrapped age-appropriate toys and games; no stuffed animals. Electronics for the older children, including ear phones, are OK. Clothing request includes pajamas and sweats (or comfy tops and bottoms). Age groups are infants to age 3; children ages 4 to 7; 8 to 11; and 12 to 15. All toys will be sorted by age group in “Santa’s Workshop’’ near the holiday store, and then bundled and taken to Santa for distribution after his arrival.

Other Important Information: We request that all volunteers refrain from taking photos at the party to protect the privacy of the shelter residents and their children.

Questions: atimetohelp.detroit@gmail.com

Sign up: atimetohelp.org

A Time to Help Decorate for the Holiday Party – November 2018

A Time to Help Decorate for the Holiday Party – November 2018

In late November, the day before A Time to Help’s largest volunteer event of the year, volunteers will be decorating the gym and other rooms for SAY Detroit’s annual Christmas Party for shelter residents and their children at The Salvation Army Harbor Light in Detroit. Getting the majority of the space prepped in advance will allow for an easier morning on December 1 before the party begins.

Please join us!

Event Details

Date: Friday, November 30, 2018

Time: 12:00 pm – 2:30 p.m.

Important Information: Once in the parking lot, signage will direct you to the entrance for the project. Only confirmed registrants will be allowed into the facility. . .  If you have extra Christmas decorations to donate, please bring them. . . Volunteers are welcome to bring items to donate to stock the holiday store. Age-appropriate toys and life-skills items, including books, are welcome (newborns to 15). Gifts are to be new and unwrapped. . .

Signing up to decorate on Nov. 30 does not guarantee participation on Dec. 1 for the annual party. Separate registration for that event will be posted on on Oct. 29 at atimetohelp.org.

Where: Ellen A. Thompson Center at The Salvation Army Harbor Light, 3737 Humboldt, Detroit, 48208. Map of area

Volunteers Needed: 15

Sign up: atimetohelp.org

Questions: atimetohelp.detroit@gmail.com

A Time to Help Update – September 2018

A Time to Help Update – September 2018

Detroit — It was a stunning transformation, from beginning to end.

Where there was overgrown shrubbery and vines, a fence line emerged. Where there was once an attic filled with debris, the possibility of a future bedroom appeared.

For three hours Saturday, two dozen A Time to Help volunteers embraced and tackled a major clean-up project at a house that SAY Detroit will soon donate on Detroit’s northeast side to benefit its Working Homes/Working Families program.

Led by SAY Detroit founder Mitch Albom, the volunteers worked to clean up the property, inside and out, to prepare the house for rehab before it’s awarded to a family in October . . . continue reading »

A Time to Help a Working Family and a Working Home – September 2018

A Time to Help a Working Family and a Working Home – September 2018

Working Homes/Working Families was created by SAY Detroit and the Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries to provide needy working families a decent, clean place to live while continuing to work. Nearly 50 families have received a fully-refurbished Detroit house through the program since it was established in 2011.

Event Details

Date: Saturday, September 22, 2018

Time: 9 am – 12:00 p.m.

Project: Volunteers will be working at one of the houses that will be awarded to a needy family this fall. We’re primarily in need of volunteers who can perform landscape duties such as eliminating blighted areas in the yard, trimming bushes, weed whacking, pulling weeds, etc. Please bring equipment to complete those tasks (and we’re always in need of a ladder or two). In addition, some inside work — mostly cleaning and washing windows — might be needed on the day of the project. ATTH will advise on that possibility before the event.

Where: The house is located near Outer Drive and Ryan in northeast Detroit (48234 zip code). SAY Detroit doesn’t publish the addresses of our WHWF houses; an email revealing the location of the project will be sent to all registered participants two days before the event. Map of area

Parking: Off-street parking is available.

Volunteers Needed: 25

Sign up: atimetohelp.org

Questions: atimetohelp.detroit@gmail.com

A Time to Help Update – July 2018

A Time to Help Update – July 2018

DETROIT — As always, it was a team effort from the start.

One group assembled on Richton Street, another on Monterey. A third tackled the area near the John C. Lodge Service Drive.

For three hours on Saturday (July 14), more than 30 volunteers from A Time to Help weeded, weed-whacked, swept, shoveled, raked — and much more — to help beautify the area around Cass Community Social Services’ Tiny Homes neighborhood.

It was a robust effort on a hot and humid morning; the group consumed three cases of water by the end of the project. SAY Detroit founder Mitch Albom said he profoundly appreciated the work of the volunteers, especially under the circumstances.  .. continue reading »

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