UPDATED: Farmington area groups offer help for the holidays

Two local charities have posted applications for Farmington and Farmington Hills residents who could use a little cheer this holiday season.

To continue their programs, they will also need support as fundraising events and activities have been canceled due to COVID-19. Here’s how you can support them, and how you can apply for assistance:

Maria Taylor Johnna Balk David Delind for Farmington city council

Farmington Area Goodfellows

The Goodfellows collect donations beginning in November each year to ensure no local child or senior goes without a Christmas. The organization typically serves over 400 children, families and seniors in Farmington and Farmington Hills.

Application for assistance due November 20:  goodfellows.info/docs/2020_GF_Application_Package.pdf

How you can help: The annual Battle of the Middles basketball fundraiser has been canceled, but you can support this drive in a number of ways:

Farmington Public Schools canned food drive.

Farmington Civic Theater fundraiser. Without the traditional Holly Days celebration, there will be no free movies at the downtown Farmington theater this year. Instead, you can donate nonperishable foods or toys and get popcorn for $2, or pay the full price for popcorn and the theater will donate the amount over $2 to the Goodfellows, through December 5.

RHP Properties Goodfellows donation
The Farmington Hills corporate offices of RHP Properties, Inc. last year organized a holiday gift and food donation program for the Farmington Area Goodfellows. (contributed)

Company fundraisers. Local businesses can support Goodfellows by collecting food, toys, and other donations through a holiday Party with a Purpose, raffles, casual day drives, and more.

Farmington Youth Assistance

The Holiday Angels program provides holiday gifts for youth ages 13-17 (or high school seniors) in the Farmington Public Schools community. Distribution will change this year due to COVID-19, with gift pick-up scheduled on December 12.

Application for assistance due November 18: forms.gle/Jgt7f2bcNM3EbVJi8

How you can help: Donations can be made online at farmingtonyouthassistance.org/donations/ or mailed to Farmington Youth Assistance, 32789 W. 10 Mile Rd., Farmington 48336. Follow the FYA Facebook page to learn more.

Correction: The Farmington Civic Theater fundraiser information was incorrect in the original version of this post. 


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