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Senior Times - January 2018 Sweaters For Warmth
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Blessings for the New Year!
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Relay A Success
By: Fred Bachman
Our relay concept worked with Bachman Hebble Funeral Service and Edward Jones Offices and many other groups.
We participated in the 2017 sweater collection project with many more groups, businesses, students and organi- zations contributing. We compared this season of collecting sweaters to a relay race and invited each runner to collect more than the previous runner.
What a triumphant day it was on December 8 when over 1,220 sweat- ers were passed to worthy organiza- tions to disperse to the needy.
This collection was the second highest count for all the 22 years.
We of the Bachman Hebble Funeral Service, the Battle Creek area Edward Jones offices, Home Care Transitions, Studio 205 on Territorial, the energetic Honor Society students at Lakeview Middle School, the sixth Avenue Salon Suites, Chris Edwards Salon, Plumeria Boutique flower shop in Urbandale, the two area Heritage Cleaners, and the fine folks at Scene Magazine, WW Thayne Advertising and Senior Times bow our heads humbly to acknowledge all the fine groups and individuals who brought in gently used or new sweaters to these drop off centers.
What a generous bundle of sweaters for adults, children and infants piled up this year for the “Sweaters for Warmth” community project. We want to have a big tip of the hat to say, “Thank you” to all who thought of others this Christmas season and collected sweaters. Since October, the staff of Bachman Hebble Funeral Service has been collecting hundreds of sweaters and we were assisted with the collection at different locations around town. More collection drop-off locations produced a phenom- enal success, which the area homeless and needy individuals will be clothed with to keep warm with a new or recy- cled sweater.
For twenty-two years, the funeral home has worked on a community- benefiting project called “Sweaters for Warmth,” which runs from October until Thanksgiving. Sweaters are new or “gently used” and can be adult or children sizes.
During the sweater drive there were bags and boxes of sweaters delivered daily at the area Edward Jones offices operated by Brent Fast, Renea Perry, Luke Peck, Jeff Westra, Dave Hoppe, Karen Reeves, Jennifer Harty, Keith Corts, Jacob Miller, and Patrick Garrett.
This year the Junior National Honor Students of Lakeview Middle School, under the direction of Mrs. Beth Rayner, proudly collected 389 sweaters. The students in the Honor Society to name a few are Chigo Manu, CarleIgh Hassing, Frederick Melges, Jordan Edwards and Anna Miller.
Each year the community remem- bers the funeral home will again coor- dinate the project, so sometimes even in the summer there are sweaters that find their way to Bachman Hebble for stor- age until the fall collection drive.
A special, “Thank you” goes out to News Talk WBCK- FM radio for the numerous public service announce- ments. We also had announcements
in the Senior Times, the Battle Creek Shopper News, the Battle Creek Enquirer, ACCESSVISION, and the Hastings Banner/Reminder.
We sincerely recognize Sherii Sherban and her long-standing commit- ment to the sweater project where she gave us exposure on “Be Scene on the Air” on AccessVision.
An extra special thank you goes
out to Sharon Dahlman, who for yet another year has unselfishly brought us dozens of “brand new” sweaters. She has diligently remembered to collect sweaters for the past 16 years in honor of a very special someone in her life. She is truly an “angel” because of her belief in the project.
The sweaters were bundled up and donated on Thursday, December 7, 2017 for local community agencies who have close contact with adults and chil- dren in need of a warm, free sweater. These agencies were: Daniel Jones and Phillip Owen representing the Haven
of Rest Ministries and In-As-Much House for women; “Santa’s Helpers” with Darlene Williams; and Velma Bassler, Erin Smith and Courtenay
Van der Molen of Family & Children Services of Battle Creek; Cathy Stoner and Amanda Hughes representing Alternatives of Battle Creek; Jeannie Boehm from Catholic Charities; Teri Pearce from Safe Place; and Todd Greenman representing the Battle Creek Veterans Administration Medical Center. Each group will distribute these sweaters on an individual basis depend- ing upon the needs of the child or adult.
Many, many thanks to all of you who brought in sweaters... you know who you are! Please remember us again when you sort through your closets and when you shop at department stores and see “sales” on sweaters.
We really need children sizes. Please think of as your children outgrow them.
Helping to make this project suc- cessful were the staff team members
of Bachman Hebble Funeral Service: Mark Naas, Lexie Stygar, Bill Troskey, Suzanne Sinclair, Renita Wollberg, Sue Bachman, Laura Diaz, Barb Larkin, Josh Fausey, Zack Beard, Dwight Herbstreith, Jim Barney, Herb Keller, Stu Olsen, Tim Hutchins, Jr., and Fred Bachman. All of us from Bachman Hebble Funeral Service were extremely proud to witness the hundreds of sweat- ers that found new homes and the people who received their warming comfort.
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