As the school year looms each year at the end of summer, Melanie Herren and a team of volunteers including Suz McLaughlin and Jinx Jenks load up vehicles with donated items and then stuff backpacks with supplies to deliver to Frankfort High, Benzie Central, and the alternative high school. Any leftover packs Mel reserves for people who request them through the Community Spirit organization.
Local businesses get in on the donating action. Some years have seen Fieldcrafts donate T-shirt seconds; sometimes local dentists donate toothbrushes and other oral hygiene supplies.
This year’s dropoff day is this coming Sunday, August 28, from 1 pm until 3 pm at the American Legion Hall in Frankfort, 206 Main Street. You can help out by dropping off items or by showing up to stuff backpacks.
Some of the items especially needed: Wet Ones … toothpaste, toothbrushes, toothbrush holders … Chap Stick … sewing kits … shaving cream … nail kits … T-shirts … small food and snack items such as mac & cheese, granola bars, ramen … soap holders … tampons … journals/notebooks and other school supplies (tape, rulers, pens) … gloves, hats and mittens, socks …
“These packs are a huge help to our neighbors, and Mel has an amazing collection of thank-yous from various folks who’ve used them,” says Suz McLaughlin. “As always, we thank you for keeping all members of our community in mind in these trying times! That’s community spirit!
Money donations can be sent to: Community Spirit, c/o Mel Herren, 1201 Elm St. Frankfort, 49635
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com if you need more pick-up/drop off information.