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Sweaters Warming
Senior Times - January 2017
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By: Fred Bachman
The Community
We embarked out into the most frigid winter day of the year when we distrib- uted over 725 sweaters to our local agen- cies. We of the Bachman Hebble Funeral Service, the area Edward Jones offices
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 us. What a generous bundle of sweaters for adults, children and infants 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 col- lected sweaters. Since October, the staff
of Bachman Hebble Funeral Service has been collecting hundreds of sweaters and we were assisted with the collection at dif- ferent locations around town at the local Edward Jones offices. We also had the Heritage Cleaners on Riverside Drive in Battle Creek help out again this year.
For many years the funeral home has worked on a project called “Sweaters for Warmth” which runs from October until Thanksgiving. The sweaters must be in decent condition, what we call “gently used” and can be adult, and children sizes, even infant sweaters and snow coats. During the sweater drive bags and boxes of sweaters arrived almost daily to the funeral home and at the area Edward Jones offices operated by Brent Fast, Renea Perry, Dave Hoppe, Karen Reeves, Keith Corts, Jacob Miller, and Patrick Garrett.
This year a man who had cleaned his closet brought in over 100 new and fairly new sweaters his wife had left behind after she passed away. Each year the com- munity remembers the funeral home will again run the project, so sometimes even in the summer there are sweaters that find their way to the funeral home for storage until the winter season.
A special “thank you” goes out to the new Morning radio announcer Richard Piet of News Talk WBCK- FM radio
for the almost weekly announcements reminding the community to drop off their sweaters. We also had announcements
in the Senior Times, the Battle Creek Shopper News, the Battle Creek Enquirer, ACCESSVISION, and the Hastings Banner/Reminder. We also had help from area churches that made announcements
in their weekly bulletin or newsletter.
We sincerely recognize Sherii Sherban and her long-standing commitment to
the sweater project where she gave us exposure on “Be Scene on the Air” tele- vision to talk with Fred Bachman from Bachman Hebble and Keith Corts from his Edward Jones office. We thank the area businesses particularly the area C Stores who displayed our flyers and the editor of the newsletter for the employees of all of Calhoun County. 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 15 years in honor and memory of a very special someone. She is truly an “angel” because of her belief in the project which drives her to shop throughout the year for the specific purpose of collecting NEW sweaters for our sweater drive.
The sweaters were bundled up and donated on Wednesday, December 14, 2016 for local community agencies who have close contact with adults and chil- dren in need of a warm, free sweater. These agencies included Haven of Rest Ministries, In as Much House, “Santa’s Helpers,” Family & Children Services of Battle Creek Alternatives, and Safe Place. Each group will distribute these sweaters on an individual basis depending upon the need. The non-perishable food items collected during our Annual Service of Remembrance were donated to the needs of those at Alternatives in Battle Creek.
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, the children’s closet and when you see “sales” on sweat- ers.
Helping to make this project suc- cessful were the staff team employees
of Bachman Hebble Funeral Service: Mark Naas, Lexie Stygar, Kelly Smith, Bill Troskey, Suzanne Sinclair, Renita Wollberg, Daniel LaValley, Barb Larkin, Josh Fausey, Zack Beard, Dwight Herbstreith, Jim Barney, Herb Keller, Stu Olsen, Floyd Carmichael, Tim Hutchins, Jr., and Fred Bachman. All of us from Bachman Hebble Funeral Service were extremely enthusiastic to see the sweaters go to be used to help others keep warm.
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In the photo from Left to Right
Velma Bassler from Santa's Helpers; Teri Pearce from Safe Place; Daniel
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The Marian E. Burch Adult Day Care Center Advisory Board would like to announce that Pam MacQuaig, LMSW, ACSW has accepted the Director position and has been work- ing in that capacity since November. Pam joined the Center with over 18 years of social work experience in the health care arena. For information on Marian E. Burch Adult Care Center services, please contact Pam at (269) 962-1750. Marian E. Burch Adult
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located at 1150 E. Michigan Avenue in Battle Creek. Congratulations Pam from the staff at Senior Times.
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