Meridian Cares Team Aims to Raise $10,000 for Those in Need Raffle Tickets Being Sold to Reach Goal.
The Meridian Cares Team is organizing its second “Meridian Cares Emergency Needs Fundraiser” for residents in the Township who are in need of assistance this holiday season. According to the U.S. Census, about 13 percent or 5,000 people in Meridian Township live below the poverty level and almost 3,000 people live below 50 percent of the poverty level.
The Township aims to raise $10,000 by December 16th to help replenish the fund. The Meridian Cares Team is working closely with the Meridian Township Community Resources Commission (CRC) to generate funds through raffle ticket sales.
“Many households will be lacking this holiday season and having to make choices between food, utilities, rent or medication and this is one way in which the community can reach out to our neighbors to help them enjoy what the rest of us often take for granted,” said Suzanne Brouse, Chair of the Community Resources Commission.
In 2014, the Meridian Cares Team exceeded its goal by more than $5,000 and was able to provide $8,300 to families in need. This year, the goal is to present a ceremonial check for $10,000 to the Community Resources Commission at the December 16thannual holiday luncheon.
Sponsored by the East Lansing/ Meridian Lions Club, raffle tickets will be available for purchase beginning November 4th and will be sold for $10 each or 3 tickets for $20. Tickets can be purchased at Meridian Township Office Buildings and participating businesses.
Those who purchase raffle tickets will get the chance to win a gift basket valued between $50 and $200 from local businesses and the Meridian Cares Team. Winners will be announced on the Meridian Township Facebook page on December 16th