(SANILAC COUNTY) -- The Sanilac Area Violence Elimination Council is an organization that includes members from our local community that are willing to partner together to end violence in Sanilac County. The SAVE Council also operates Sanilac County's only emergency shelter program, EVA's Place. Each October, during Domestic Violence Awareness month, this group begins a new fiscal year, members renew their annual dues and new members are encouraged to join our efforts. On Wednesday, October 10, the SAVE Council will host a Fall Welcome and Membership Drive at the MSU Extension Conference Room, located at 37 Austin Street in Sandusky from 4:30 p.m.-6 p.m. A brief presentation about the SAVE Council and services at Eva's Place will be provided. If you are interested is our events or services, are currently a member of the council, or may be interested in becoming a member, please join us. Guests will be provided light refreshments and council members and shelter staff will be on hand to thank the community for their generous support. For more information, please call Sherri at 810-648-5463.
(AREA) -- The 22nd annual Michigan Harvest Gathering campaign is underway. Secretary of State Ruth Johnson encourages residents to donate nonperishable food items at their local Secretary of State branch offices, continuing a long-standing tradition of giving to families in need. Examples of food items include canned meats, dry beans, soups, beef stew, pasta products, peanut butter and tuna. Baby food or formula, diapers, soap, toothpaste and toothbrushes, and monetary donations will also gratefully accepted.
Since 1990, when the Michigan Harvest Gathering campaign started, more than 19 million meals have been provided to Michigan residents. The 2012 goal is 300,000 pounds of food and $1 million. In 2011, Michigan Harvest Gathering collected more than 140,000 pounds of food and $531,000. The campaign runs through October 15. However, donated items can be dropped off at any Secretary of State branch office through November 30. The campaign is coordinated by the Food Bank Council of Michigan, which supplies the state's regional food banks through donations of food and money.
(AREA) -- October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. About 1 in 8 women in the United States will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of their lifetime. The death rate has declined since 1960, but breast cancer continues to be the second leading cause of death in women. The decreases are believed to be the result of earlier detection through screening and increased awareness, as well as improved treatment. McKenzie Health System is committed to assisting women in obtaining the mammogram screening necessary to help detect these cancers which are often too small to be found during a physical examination. Throughout the month of October, McKenzie Health System will offer screening mammograms for $55. Those having a first mammogram or those who are uninsured or underinsured may be eligible for a no cost mammogram. Appointments are necessary. Graff Chevrolet Buick in Sandusky, will once again support the hospital and cause with a variety of events to raise awareness and money for breast cancer detection equipment. During the month of October, Graff Chevrolet Buick will host the annual "Drive for the Cure" program giving anyone who test-drives a vehicle a free t-shirt. As part of the program, Graff will donate $100 for all new vehicle purchases and $10 for each test drive to McKenzie Health System. Graff will also host a "Pink Procession" on October 15th and a "Pink Party" on October 23rd with all proceeds going to McKenzie Health System's digital mammogram imaging system fund. Last year, Graff donated over $9,700 toward the cause.