Orangeville Community Outreach is hoping to put smiles on the faces of area children for Christmas. “We want whole families to be smiling on Christmas morning,” said Peggie Garrison. The outreach group hopes area residents select either a single suggestion or a whole family’s list from a stocking on one of the trees. New, unwrapped gifts should be returned to tree location by Dec. 17. Participating locations are Estelle Automotive, Gun Lake Grind, Gun River Inn, Hinkle’s Repair and Body Shop, Portside Dining, Ritchie’s Hair Salon, Sunny Jim’s Pizza, Sandy’s Country Kitchen, The Bib, United Bank and Water’s Edge Foral and Gifts.
Families whose Christmas wishes are on the trees are from the Gun Lake area and Delton, along with a few from the Hastings area.
Orangeville Community Outreach will host a food drive Saturday, December 11, from noon to 4pm at Weick’s Supermarket near Gunn Lake, Delton Felpausch and Family Fare in Hastings. The OCO is looking for canned goods and non-perishable items for the 100 food baskets they are making up with the essentials for Christmas dinner. Personal items also are needed. “The request we get most often is for laundry detergent,” said Garrison. The group also is accepting financial donations. Funds for Orangeville Community Outreach are held at the Barry Community Foundation. Checks should be made out to Barry Community with OCO with For Smiles for Christmas on the notation line. Donations can be sent to Barry Community Foundation, 629 W. State St., Suite 201, Hastings, MI 49058.
Anyone who has questions or who would like to volunteer in the Smiles for Christmas project may call Peggie Garrison at 269-623-4124 or Mark Paradowski at 616-813-6975.