Saline Area Schools teachers presented nearly $1,000 to Saline Area Social Services last week after learning the shelves were bare at the community food bank.
Teachers raised the money with a quick fundraiser after learning Saline Middle School principal David Raft emailed staff to explain the situation at Saline Area Social Services.
“David Raft told us a community member visited Saline Area Social Service and noticed the shelves were bare. That surprised us, because we had just done the Spartans vs. Wolverine food drive,” said Carl Spina, teacher at Saline Middle School. “We were shocked to hear it went out the door so quickly.”
Spina and other teachers reached out to Saline Education Association President Juan Lauchu. The teachers’ union sent out an email explaining the situation and teachers began dropping by Spina’s class with donations.
“We were glad to help, obviously. I can’t imagine the Thanksgiving table being bare,” Spina said. “As a teacher, I know some kids in my classroom are in families that need the help. They’re not going to ask their teacher for help providing Thanksgiving dinner, so I’m glad we can help out in some way.”
Saline Area Social Service helps local people get back on their feet. The agency’s provides food, prescription drugs, counseling and other aid while people and families deal with job loss, illness or other family emergencies.
Saline Area Social Service depends on local donations to provide aid. Donations can be sent to Saline Area Social Service, 131 E. Michigan Ave., Saline, MI, 48176.
To help make sure local children receive a gift this year, donate unwrapped toys (still in the packaging) at the Saline Area Fire Department at Michigan Avenue and Harris Street.
For more information, call 429-4570, email [email protected] or visit http://www.salinesocialservice.com.
To support the agency's holiday Adopt-A-Family program, email [email protected].