As 2014 ends and the Holiday season begins, I am aware of all the things that I am thankful for in my life. I have a job that I love to come to everyday, the health of my family and friends, and everything else in my life. I am also fortunate to live in a caring community. We take for granted all the things we have. I have someone to fix my faucet when it drips, make sure that the bills are paid, groceries in the cupboard, and a home to live in. I know that some people are less fortunate, and my family always tries to do what we can to help, especially during the holidays.
However, I was in awe yesterday when I saw what the Auburn Hills/Avondale community does for its residents. The Auburn Hills Fire Department Helping Hands helped over 71 families in the community. We had volunteers at the Fire Department yesterday packing bags for families to come and pick up–full of holiday treats and treasures. Individuals and departments at the City of Auburn Hills also adopted families and purchased gifts for them. The Helping Hands also worked in conjunction with the Avondale Schools to help families, too. The Avondale Schools organized the Gift of Giving. Every school in the district participated. They collected food, winter clothing, and gifts for approximately 400 families in the Avondale school district. It is so heartwarming to see so many people giving back to people they have not even met. The Senior Services department also organized an Adopt A Senior program where over 30 homebound seniors will be treated to a Holiday gift as well.
Paige Baranyai, Senior Services Volunteer Coordinator