Center collecting gifts for adopted families

Photo courtesy of the Information Center
Volunteer Cheryl Drake assists with gift bags collected by the Information Center for Downriver families in need. The center expects to help more than 160 low-income families this year through its Holiday Assistance program.

TAYLOR — The nonprofit Information Center will again provide seasonal help for low-income families with its Holiday Assistance/Adopt-a-Family program that matches eligible recipients with gift donations.

Holiday Assistance coordinator Lori Stevenson said that donations for gift bags are still needed several qualified families await adoption. The program, supported by private donations, churches and local businesses, has helped Downriver families in need for 30 years. Stevenson said the community needs remain stronger and more widespread in a depressed regional economy.

“In past years, single mothers were requesting assistance,” Stevenson said. “Recently we’re seeing more fathers and two-parent families involved. This year the need is greater than ever and donors of the past are now asking for assistance.”

Registration by families in need began in October and continue until mid-December. Gift bags will begin distribution to clients at 9 a.m. Dec. 17 at PNC Bank, 16333 Trenton Road in Southgate.

Stevenson said that more than 160 families will be assisted this year, and contributions can be made by contacting the Information Center, 20500 Eureka Road, at 734-282-7171.

The Information Center is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization serving Downriver and surrounding communities. For Thanksgiving the Center provided 25 baskets and 70 food boxes to community residents, and since 1975 has provided information and referral services for unemployed residents, senior citizens and others in need.