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Midvale community gives back during the holidays

Thursday, December 08, 2011785 views

Many children and families are in need this holiday season, and local businesses and charities are stepping in to help them.

The Road Home’s community winter shelter is located in Midvale. In 2010, the Road Home decided the winter shelter would be for families only. “A few years ago, we saw a big increase in families needing our services,” said Michelle Flynn, associate executive director. “We have over 60 families comprised of 200 individuals each night staying in the winter shelter.”

Employees of the city are collecting donations at Midvale City Hall to put together stockings for children at the shelter, which they will be delivered right before Christmas.

Before Thanksgiving, FLSmidth’s 600 employees ran a food drive. “We were able to donate over 1,000 pounds of food to the shelter, and we also donated close to 600 pounds of animal food to the Humane Society because we didn’t want to leave our animal friends out,” said Barb Shelley, public relations specialist.

For Christmas, the company has an angel tree up in the employee cafeteria. On the tree are the names of 100 children that may be in need of a little holiday cheer. The company received 70 names from the Midvale Boys & Girls Club, and 30 names from the Utah Youth Village.

“We are new to the city and have people that have come from around the world to work here, and they have immediately grasped compassion for the people here,” Shelley said. “We feel a great loyalty to Midvale and want to demonstrate that we are a part of the community.”

More than 300 children are registered members at Midvale’s Boys & Girls Club, and many of them lack some basic necessities, like proper winter attire. “We have a lot of kids coming in without a coat,” said Ben Trentelman, Midvale unit director, adding that the club is accepting coats to give to those children who need them.

Many children also need new shoes in the winter to keep their feet warm and dry. Jordan Credit Union and Olive Garden are donating more than 200 pairs of shoes to the club as part of a Warm Your Soles event.

Children may need shelter and clothes, but they also hope for toys for Christmas. Dr. Cesar Diaz is running a toy drive that will benefit members of Midvale’s Boys & Girls Club and many other children throughout the valley. “I’ve done this project for 11 years. I’ve got friends and other connections that see a need like I do,” Diaz said. On Dec. 17, Diaz hopes to distribute not only toys, but also clothing and groceries to around 600 children.

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The Road Home winter shelter at 529 West 7300 South is in need of new clothes or toys for the parents to give to their children on Christmas morning; diapers, formula, blankets or towels (can be used); and fresh food like bread, fruits and vegetables.

For groups wanting to do a Sub for Santa, the Boys & Girls Club can help you find a family to buy for. You can reach staff at 801-284-4255.

The Family Support Center, a crisis nursery at 777 West Center Street, needs new cribs that are not drop-side cribs to comply with federal regulations. The nursery can always use diapers, food and other household products.

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