Yvonne Aporius found Farmington-Farmington Hills Neighborhood House because she needed help, and now, she’s helping others.
Aporius and her daughter Aleigha, 8, were among the volunteers who gathered on November 21 at Essential Family Chiropractic in downtown Farmington for the practice’s third annual Thanksgiving drive. They filled aluminum roasting pans with boxes of stuffing and mashed potato mixes, canned vegetables, and more goodies that went to Neighborhood House clients, along with purchased turkeys.
“Once I started volunteering, I loved it,” Aporius said. “You think you have problems, but it makes you realize how good you’ve got it.”
Previous delivery nights had volunteers a little crowded, but Essential Family Chiropractic moved last January into a larger space in the Downtown Farmington Center. Even back then, practice owner Dr. Natalie Nedanovski was thinking about the Thanksgiving outreach.
“We looked at this long hallway and said this is going to be great,” she said.
The business began collecting food items and cash donations on November 2 and received enough to support 50 families. Nedanovski said Neighborhood House, as in years past, made the connection with recipients.
Long-time Neighborhood House board president Alan Maxey, client support specialist Loretta Zahn and volunteer Terri Hanson, all came out for the Tuesday event. Maxey said the organization appreciates the way Essential Family Chiropractic has stepped up.
“This has been a really great partnership,” he said.
“We did it one year, and we were hooked,” Nedanovski said. “It’s a way for our practice members to get involved, and it’s just the feeling of community helping community.”
The 30 or so folks who helped on Tuesday enjoyed a dinner catered by Nedanovski’s husband, who owns Steve’s Family Dining in Livonia. For many, the best part of the evening came last.
“The delivery experience, that’s the biggest part, to see the families,” Nedanovski said. “That can change someone.”