#F2HGratitude: Farmington area nonprofit brings community together

Grateful Farmington

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According to GuideStar, which reports on nonprofits across the U.S., more than 500 of Michigan’s 52,000 nonprofit organizations call Farmington and Farmington Hills home.

The largest is Botsford General Hospital, now Beaumont Farmington Hills, and the vast majority have gross receipts under $1,000. They include churches, sports leagues, music and school groups, fraternal and professional organizations, animal rescues, and more.

But one local nonprofit has gone well beyond the bounds of charity to create an annual community-building experience each holiday season.

Farmington Area Goodfellows
Farmington Area Goodfellows volunteers pack thousands of nonperishable food items into boxes for delivery to families and seniors in need. 

Starting each November, Farmington Area Goodfellows draws hundreds of volunteers together to raise funds and coordinate food and gift donations to ensure that no child or senior goes without a Christmas. Founded more than 70 years ago by members of the Exchange (now Xemplar) Club, the nonprofit’s volunteers sort through about 35,000 non-perishable food items, 400 cases of diapers, 1,000 books, and more than 60,000 toys, all stored in borrowed space.

Many who work in the warehouse are retirees available during the day, but the Goodfellows drive draws in folks of all ages, including Farmington Public Schools students. All school buildings hold food drives, and the annual Battle of the Middles charity basketball game at Harrison High School has raised more than $65,000 over the past 12 years. (RELATED: FARMINGTON SCHOOLS TEAMS BATTLE FOR A GOOD CAUSE)

On delivery day – December 16 this year – scores of volunteers will drive to the warehouse and open their vehicles to receive boxes of food and hand-selected gifts for delivery to families that have applied for help. And that is a sight to see:

Learn more about the Goodfellows at goodfellows.info.

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Next in our #F2H Gratitude series: The Farmington area’s vital and vibrant arts scene.