Annual Holiday Party to benefit St. Philip’s Baby Pantry

BEULAH — Benzie Democrats are once again throwing a potluck Holiday Party to help out the Baby Pantry at St. Philip’s Episcopal Church.

The gathering will be held from 5:30 to 8 p.m. on Saturday at Grow Benzie, located at 5885 Frankfort Highway (M-115) in Benzonia. The Democrats are providing turkey and ham roasts, coffee, tea and soft drinks. Guests should bring a side dish, place setting and alcoholic beverages, if desired.

The entire community is welcome to what has become a strong tradition.

“We want everyone to share some holiday cheer,” said Jim Dulzo, party chair. “Even if they can’t make a donation, because this is a special time with and for everyone — family, friends and neighbors. But if you can bring something along for the pantry, that makes it even more special.”

The Baby Pantry’s needs are a bit different this year, according to Deacon Marilou Schlotterbeck, who coordinates the church’s pantry project. The pantry is looking for more gifts for children 8 to 17. The toys go to the church’s toy store, where parents can pick things out for their families, but donations for children in that age range are sometimes lacking. That can mean not getting anything for Christmas.

Schlotterbeck emphasized that items for infants are still very welcome. Gift certificates from Target, Walmart, Amazon or Meijer are a big help, as are checks to “St. Philip’s Baby Pantry.” To help kids under 8, please write “Toys for Tots” in the check memo. For children under 5, write “Baby Pantry.” All donations are tax deductible.


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