Charity Fundraiser 2018The Giving Tree
Thank you to everyone who donated to this season’s fundraiser. We were able to donate almost $700 towards the cause along with 17 toys. We received this message to share with everyone:
“I just wanted to reach out and say Thank you!!!! Thank you for your donation to our Giving Tree. Thank you for the coats and boots, gifts and cash donations. Also, thank you for volunteering the day of! I pray you enjoyed seeing and being part of that side of the giving tree.
We were able to bless over 40 families and over 100 kids. Your donation helped us supply the store so that kids in need had a Christmas and even more for these parents to be empowered to be parents…pick out the gifts, wrap them and on Christmas watch their child’s eyes light up.
Thank you for helping us make a difference in our community! Please pass on my thanks to all those who donated!
Michael Heiden | Lead Associate Pastor”
Members of our team volunteered on Saturday, December 15th and expressed how great the event was and how it warmed their hearts. Thank you again for helping those in need and sharing your heart.
Our 2018 Holiday Fundraiser
We are in our 5th year of doing a fundraiser in lieu of giving holiday gifts to our clients. Giving back warms the heart and we would like to encourage our clients, friends, and family to join in on our holiday fundraiser this season.
Our goal is to donate as many gifts as possible to the Giving Tree. The Giving Tree is a Christmas assistance program for families in our community. Our goal is to bless kids by providing Christmas gifts and empowering parents to be parents. They get to shop, wrap and enjoy watching their kids open their presents Christmas morning.
How You Can Help
We are asking anyone who wants to donate this season, to buy a gift for a child between 2-16 years old. Mail or drop off to Blumark and we will deliver them to the Giving Tree.
Monetary donations are also accepted. Checks can be made out to “Immanuel Lutheran” with “Giving Tree” written in the memo section. Donations are due to us no later than Wednesday, December 5th.
Mailing address: Blumark / Giving Tree, 6915 Rochester Road, Suite 400, Troy, MI 48085
Volunteer with Us
If you love Christmas and want to help us bless kids and empower parents, please consider volunteering at the shopping experience on Saturday, December 15th. There are two shifts: morning shift (9am-12pm) and afternoon shift (1pm-4pm). You are welcome to sign up for one or both. Many of us are volunteering the morning shift.
Each activity has a set quantity of volunteers needed. You may choose the activity you would like to assist with (so long as it’s not filled): Movie, Crafts, Games, Gift Delivery, Wrapping, Snacks, Personal Shoppers, Registration.
After you have selected your activity from the sign-up page, you will need to fill out a “risk” form online. When you do so, please enter this information:
- Check the box for the “Children’s Ministry”
- Note at the bottom your volunteer supervisor is “Pastor Michael Heiden for The Giving Tree”
Spots for volunteering will fill up quickly. We hope you can join us in giving back this holiday season!
Location: Immanuel Lutheran Church & School 47120 Romeo Plank, Macomb, MI 48044
Charity Fundraiser 2017The Care House of Oakland County
Our 2017 Holiday Fundraiser
We are in our 4th year of doing a fundraiser in lieu of giving holiday gifts to our clients. Giving back warms the heart and we would like to encourage our clients, friends and family to join in on our holiday fundraiser this season. Our goal is to raise money for the Care House of Oakland County which benefits children and their families who have experienced child abuse. It shouldn’t hurt to be a child!
Our goal this year is to give 25 abuse training and prevention programs to benefit 25 children and their families. Each program costs $100 each. Blumark will match any donation given to the Care House up to $2,500. Let’s work together to make some children’s and their families have a better future.
Learn More About The Care House
There are 1.24 million people living in Oakland County. 273,000 of them are children. 1 in 10 of those children will be sexually abused before they turn 18.
CARE House of Oakland County is a children’s advocacy center, providing first-rate services to victims of child abuse and neglect. Our mission is to be a leading resource in the prevention of child abuse and neglect, and the protection of children through advocacy, education, intervention, research, training, and treatment, in collaboration with the community. Our vision is to affect the safety of every child in Oakland County through intervention, treatment and prevention.
CARE House currently offers the following programs:
Intervention and Treatment: When police and Children’s Protective Services receive reports of suspected child abuse, we provide forensic interviews for those children at our facility. Police and CPS attend the interview, which is designed to avoid re-traumatizing the child. We also provide therapy for these children and their non-offending family members. For child abuse victims, our Intervention and Treatment program offers a critical first step on the road to healing and an opportunity for children to reclaim their lives.
In 2016, CARE House provided 852 forensic interviews and 2,841 individual therapy sessions for child victims of abuse and their non-offending family members.
How to Donate
Any denomination is appreciated. For every $100 there will be one complimentary Abuse Prevention Training Program will be given to one child and family. Every donation will receive a tax receipt. There are two ways to donate:
- Pay directly online and receive a tax receipt immediately. Click to donate now.
- Write a check out to “The Care House of Oakland County” and mail to the Blumark office. A receipt will be mailed to you at the end of December.
c/o Care House
6915 Rochester Road
Troy, MI 48085
Charity Fundraiser 2016Live Like Max Foundation
We Did It With Your Help!
Each year we choose a charity to donate to in lieu of giving gifts to clients, and for the 2016 holiday season, we chose the “Live Like Max” Foundation. Thanks to you and your additional donations, we reached the goal of 100 EKG screenings to be donated in partnership with the Beaumont Hospital.
On Saturday, February 11th at the Seaholm High School, you can see the donations in action as screenings will take place from 9am-4pm for any student-athlete. There are currently 450 student-athletes registered to get screened that day. There will be 16 bays and 100 volunteer staff helping with the screenings.
EKG screenings are not part of a normal sports physical. This screening process will help identify if any student has “Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy” otherwise known as an enlarged heart.
We highly encourage anyone who can stop in to see the screenings firsthand, to do so. Open to the public is a Health Fair and CPR Classes in the gymnasium.
Again, thank you for all your help in making this year’s fundraiser a success and we look forward to working with you in 2017.
Learn More About “Live Like Max”
Maxwell John Pardington died on June 10, 2014 from “Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy” otherwise known as an enlarged heart. One quick, easy procedure could have spotted this defect in his heart, and he might still be alive today. However, since there were no outward signs or symptoms to let anyone know that anything was wrong, Max never received an echocardiogram or EKG. Our goal at Blumark, this past holiday season, was to give 100 EKG screenings to student athletes across Michigan. Each screening is only $25 and 100% of each donation goes towards the cause (not administration fees).
Read More About “Live Like Max”
Learn Why This Foundation Means A Lot to Blumark
How to Donate
Any denomination is appreciated. For every $25 there will be one complimentary EKG screening given. Every donation will receive a tax receipt. There are two ways to donate:
- Pay directly online and receive a tax receipt immediately. Click the button to the right to donate now.
- Write a check out to “Live Like Max” and mail to the Blumark office. A receipt will be mailed to you at the end of December.
c/o Live Like Max
6915 Rochester Road
Troy, MI 48085