Packaging Scraps and Smiles in Detroit

November 23, 2015

Nov. 21, 2015 – DETROIT – Working side by side along a trio of tables, nearly 30 volunteers representing A Time to Help assembled and packed kits filled with recycled materials at Arts & Scraps.The wintry conditions outside the warehouse did nothing to lessen the good cheer inside as volunteers – many of whom have participated in more than two dozen A Time to Help events over the years – welcomed 11 first-time volunteers with open arms.

“What a great group,” said Mike Salyers, warehouse assistant at Arts & Scraps. “Today we’re packing 200 ‘My Room’ kits, including 200 more for us to sell online. We’re also assembling 500 ‘Friends of the Earth’ kits.

“We have 275,000 kids that we serve every year. With an eight-person staff, we need volunteers to help us. We couldn’t prepare these materials – which come here as garbage – without your help.”

The next A Time to Help event is our largest of the year: S.A.Y. Detroit’s annual Holiday Celebration benefitting homeless women and children at the Salvation Army on Dec. 12 at the Ellen A. Thompson Center at 3737 Humboldt in Detroit. Volunteer sign-up begins this week.

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