As we prepare for the Thanksgiving feast it is always a solemn reminder that many people are not as fortunate and a hot meal or paying an electric bill is beyond their normal means. Meridian Township is blessed to offer an assistance program to those in need. The “Community Resource Needs Fund” is overseen by the Community Resource Commission and Human Service Specialist Darla Jackson.
Darla’s days are filled with trying to lift up those in need. Lately, the ability to lift the spirits and help have become increasingly difficult because the needs fund is at an all-time low. This potentially leaves some of our Meridian residents without. We never want that to happen and we never want to turn someone away. We never want to tell someone we cannot help with a shutoff notice during their time of need.
Without some type of help the fund will not be able to assist our residents in need through the winter. That is why the Meridian Cares Program was founded and designed a community wide effort for team members, community members and business owners to raise funds and help families.
Members of the Meridian Cares Team and the Meridian Township Board are donating gift baskets to be raffled off during our annual Holiday party. Community members can join us by purchasing raffle tickets, business owners can donate gift baskets to support the effort and place a flyer in their windows. Our Meridian Cares goal is to present a $3,000 check to the Human Resource Commission on December 17th, 2014.
One of the unique qualities anyone would learn quickly about Meridian Township is that as a community of choice, we continually choose to help our families, friends, and neighbors. I thank our community for stepping up and helping the cause. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving Holiday.