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Service Circuit: Optimists step up to help homeless Macomb County students



Central Macomb Optimist Club members Pat Losinski and Dolores Darios helped children choose a free book at a club-sponsored shopping event for some of the county’s 1,500 students who are homeless. The children picked out shoes and school clothes, gifts from the Optimists and the Macomb Charitable Foundation. The Macomb County Sheriff’s Department and a Washington Township Meijer store cosponsored the project.

Photo submitted by Elaine Lyon


By Linda May, For The Macomb Daily

Volunteers from the Central Macomb Optimist Club recently joined the Macomb Charitable Foundation, the Macomb County Sheriff’s Department, and a Washington Township Meijer store to take 152 homeless students shopping for school clothes. Optimist member Fred Lyon, left, helped bag the shoes and clothing for the children. For more information about the Optimist club, contact Elaine Lyon at 586-791-8006 or elainelyon1@yahoo.com.Photo submitted by Elaine Lyon

There are 1,500 homeless children attending Macomb County schools. At least 152 of them have the clothing they need thanks to the Central Macomb Optimist Club and its partners.

The club joined with the Macomb Charitable Foundation, the Macomb County Sheriff’s Department and a Washington Township Meijer store to make the shopping trip happen.

“These children are all in need of school clothes, school supplies and basic needs of everyday living,” Optimist member Elaine Lyon said. “Over 100 volunteers arrived at the store to see that these children started school on the right foot this fall. Each family was paired with a Macomb County Deputy or Reserve officer and a member of the Optimist Club for the shopping adventure.

“The excited children, with their shopping lists in hand, were encouraged to shop for school clothes and shoes. At the end of their shopping trip, as the families left Meijer each child was given a school supply-filled backpack and the choice of a new book to take home to encourage recreational reading,” Lyon said.

Sue Kardasz organized the event.

“It takes a village to support the youth of our very own Macomb County. The ‘Optimist village’ was certainly in full force. Nothing is more rewarding than the hug of a child and seeing so many smiling faces,” Kardasz said.

For more information about the Optimist club, contact Lyon at 586-791-8006 or email her at elainelyon1@yahoo.com.

Macomb Charitable Foundation’s
Women’s Golf Outing (Aug 8)

After three years of rain, the day was filled with sunshine and a light breeze to ensure that the two CMOC teams had a great day on the golf course.
Thanks to Julie Gola and Kathy Kirby for coordinating our teams. Golfers included Julie Gola, Kathy Vatalaro and Kathy Nowicke along
with a friend Mary Ellen on one team and Kathy Kirby, Leslie Schaefer, Pat Rabaut Miller and a friend Dori on the second team.

Julie and Kathy Nowicke were big door prize winners and Kathy Kirby’s team one “Skins”.
It was a beautiful day for the benefit of the homeless families in Macomb County.

cmoc golf 1 cmoc golf 2

On July 23, eleven Central Macomb Optimist Club members volunteered at the Vision Hope’s Champion For Life Kids Camp which support foster children in our communities.

It was a hot and sweaty day but we decorated the room with gusto to throw the biggest birthday party ever for these kids! (Many of which, sadly, don’t even know their birth date).

It was a fun day filled with smiling kids and smiling Optimist too! — with Kathy Kirby,Kathleen Bauman Nowicke, David Fries, Sue Pace,Pat Rabaut Miller, Bill Konrad, Teresa Edwards and Lynn Artes.

Camp pic