Union Township and The Care Store extend donation drive through May 19

What’s happening: In partnership with The Care Store, Union Township is hosting a donation drive through May 19 to directly benefit the Isabella County community. Ongoing since April, the drive originally started when Union Township staff members Tera Green and Amy Peak were approached by a friend with the idea of partnering with The Care Store. Together, they formed a plan.

The Care Store is open to anyone who has been referred by one of its partnering agencies and offers products that are not eligible for purchase with a Michigan Bridge Card. Supplies to prioritize in donation efforts include cleaning, hygiene, and personal products. 

Why it’s important: The donation drive reinforces The Care Store’s efforts to aid people in Isabella County who need help obtaining essential items. Donation efforts such as these are crucial in ensuring The Care Store remains sufficiently stocked. As the number of people referred to The Care Store rises, that it remains stocked is becoming increasingly important. 

“Sometimes it’s hard to make that paycheck stretch and it’s nice to know that someone out there is willing to lend a helping hand,” says Tera Green, administrative assistant for Union Township. “Households and individuals that reside in Union Township and Isabella County will benefit from the partnership by having access to items that would not be otherwise covered with the Bridge Card.”

Union Township is hosting a donation drive through May 19 to directly benefit the Isabella County community, in partnership with The Care Store. (Photo courtesy of Union Township)What they’re saying: Union Township staff’s partnership with The Care Store is a powerful reminder of the good that can be done by putting an idea into practice. Even though it was not an essential part of their jobs, Green and Peak breathed life into an idea and have now watched it grow into an initiative that will help those in need. 

“It feels good to be involved in helping the community,” says Green of Union Township’s partnership with The Care Store. After touring The Care Store as a result of this initiative, she calls it “a great asset to our community.” 

Other great assets to the community are the staff at Union Township and the many people who have already participated by bringing in donations. Green says, “We have seen an outpouring of generosity from our community and feel so overwhelmed with the response we have seen to date and look forward to any future contributions.”

How to help: Donations can be brought to the Union Township Hall at 2010 S. Lincoln Rd. in Mt. Pleasant, anytime from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. until May 19. 

“Any personal hygiene items and household cleaning products that are not eligible for retail purchase through Bridge Cards are welcome,” shares Green. 

An Amazon wish list for The Care Store can be found here. If unable to physically donate, community members can contribute financially here.
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Owen Howard is an Isabella County native with a deep appreciation for all it has to offer, in both people and places. He is a current graduate student at Central Michigan University, with a bachelor's degree in biology. He was a collegiate cross country athlete for CMU and currently assists the team as a volunteer coach. In his free time, Owen could be described as 'chronically outdoors.' Owen has a passion for telling stories and for listening to other people tell theirs. He loves getting the chance to allow people to share their passions and stories with a larger audience.