A happy anniversary to Aid in Milan

Photo by Joyce Ervin Photographed is resident Beverly Davenport, who brought a bed blanket to the Aid in Milan 40 th Anniversary party held on Oct. 16 and presented it to office assistant, Gail Hullstrung.

Photo by Joyce Ervin
Photographed is resident Beverly Davenport, who brought a bed blanket to the Aid in Milan 40 th Anniversary party held on Oct. 16 and presented it to office assistant, Gail Hullstrung.

By Joyce Ervin

Aid in Milan celebrated their 40 th Anniversary with the public and special guests on Sunday, October 16 with a birthday cake and donuts and cider donated by Wiard’s Orchard. 
Volunteers greeted the visitors and tours of the building were given.  State Representative, Jason Sheppard, (R-Temperance) toured the food pantry and made reference to the newly- organized food distribution process recently set up by Food Gathers of Ann Arbor in his keynote address.
Sheppard said, when handing out food baskets at his church, you can never be sure if the people like what you have given.  He was much impressed with people choosing wholesome foods they will use.
Sheppard presented program director, Amy Doyle and board president, Dennis O’Hare, with a framed special tribute that read in part, “Today the faces and names involved with Aid in Milan may be different from the citizens who came together forty years ago to share their passion for helping their community, yet their purpose is just as noble and their contributions just as valuable.”
Elizabeth McNamara, a single mother with five children, who had fallen on hard times, gave a testimony of how helpful the facility was in her time of need.  She is now well back on her way to a stable home and steadily employed.  
O’Hare gave a synopsis of the institution’s programs and said he and Doyle were working on new programs to bring more help to the non-profit, as they have lost some revenues.  The community is invited to help in any way they can.  Doyle pointed out names were now being taken for those that wished to adopt a family for the upcoming Christmas season. Other ways to help include, donate gift cards or money for family gifts or supplementing for Thanksgiving dinners or volunteer to help with holiday projects. 
As an example of how community members can help, Beverly Davenport arrived at the party with a bed blanket that was much appreciated.  On display, around the room were quilts and lap robes made and donated by ladies from local churches and personal toiletry kits.  
Doyle and O’Hare thanked their volunteers and those that attended.
Emergency food is available during regular office hours.  The institution is located at 89 W. Main Street.  For more information on food and other programs offered, call the office at 439-8420 or visit the website at  www.aidinmilan.org.

Joyce Ervin is a freelance writer reporting on Milan.  She can be contacted at:  jlervin42 [at] yahoo [dot] com.

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