Local Charities Accept Pat’s Donations and Prepare for the Holidays | News, Sports, Jobs

Nick Wilson / Daily Mining Gazette Cathy Aten of Little Brothers (right) and Vicky Vichich of St. Vincent de Paul’s (middle) accept donations from Pat’s Foods employee Heather Aro (left) at Pat’s Foods IGA in Hancock Tuesday morning.

HANCOCK – On Tuesday morning, representatives of Little Brothers – Friends of the Elderly and St. Vincent de Paul’s Resurrection Conference Food Pantry accepted donations from Pat’s Foods IGA.

Each organization received a donation of $ 1,160, which will be used to support holiday food aid initiatives.

For over 10 years, the annual Campioni Charity golf outing has raised funds for local charities. The proceeds of the event are distributed to 10 pantries in the communities served by the Campioni family grocery stores. The event raised over $ 11,000 this year.

For Ben Campioni, the charity event and donations are about giving back to the community.

“We know the need for pantries” he said. “We are having a fun event with our suppliers and we are able to support our local golf course, support local restaurants and raise a lot of money for pantries.”

As the holidays approach, these donations will help Little Brothers and Saint-Vincent-de-Paul provide food and other services to community members in need.

“This is huge for us because we have so much spending over the holidays, for our Thanksgiving and Christmas meal deliveries and our Christmas boxes that we do,” Cathy Aten said before accepting the donation on behalf of Little Brothers. “So the support we get from them [Pat’s] means so much.

Little Brothers is a voluntary organization that provides friendship and service to single and isolated seniors. Each year, the Upper Michigan Chapter of the organization prepares 200 boxes of assorted foods, wraps them in Christmas wrapping paper, and distributes them to senior members of the community.

“It makes a special Christmas present, something that is really fun for them and that means a lot” said Aton. “We’re really here to be friends and give them the opportunity to do things they normally wouldn’t do. “

For Saint-Vincent-de-Paul, the donation will help fund the holiday meal cards that are distributed for Thanksgiving and Christmas.

In addition to these holiday food cards, St. Vincent de Paul’s runs food assistance programs throughout the year. The organization serves families of all faiths in Houghton County.

“People can come once a month for a bag of food depending on the size of the household” explained volunteer coordinator Vicky Vichich. “If they have between four and five people in their household, that’s two bags, six or more to get three bags of food a month.

“Donations are always gratefully accepted. And we are very grateful to Pat’s for what they do for the community and for us.

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