5+ Local Charities That Need Your Help

There are many local charities in need of your support. While we at Michael Oil & Propane support many of these, we'd like to take the extra step to let you know about them as well, and how you can get involved!

1. Relay for Life

Relay For Life is the signature fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. Relay is staffed and coordinated by volunteers in more than 5,200 communities and 27 countries.

The Relay For Life of Mecosta County invites you to join them at their annual fundraiser walk, Event Highlights a silent auction, kids carnival, Paint for a Cure, Music , live 103.9 radio broadcast, cancer education & awareness, survivor celebration, luminaria ceremony, and more!

To participate, register for FREE at relayforlife.org/mecostacountymi or call (231) 690-2287

And call QUICKLY! The event is TOMORROW!

2. Walk for Warmth

This event, hosted by Mid Michigan Community Action Agency, is an annual walk-a-thon to raise money to provide heating to families and individuals in need throughout the winter.

If you would like to donate to MMCAA, for Walk for Warmth or any of their other programs and events, check out THIS LINK. Or you can call them at (231) 660-0271

With state and federal funding threatened, they are counting on your support more than ever. Your donation will help ensure that we can continue providing crucial services such as Weatherization, Head Start, Early Head Start, Utility Assistance and Food Assistance by supporting operational costs and agency projects.

3. Gifts for Kids

Gifts for Kids aims to provide holiday gifts for low income residents of Osceola County regardless of their age. In addition to gifts, they also provide household basket full of toiletries, and every family who registers receives hats and gloves as well as undergarments and socks.

On July 20, 2017, a golf outing will serve as a fundraiser for this organization. If you would like to register, call John Klever at the Mecosta County DHHS

If you would like to donate directly to Gifts for Kids, send a check made out to Gifts for Kids to the Mecosta County DHHS, attention John Klever:

800 Water Tower Rd.

Big Rapids, MI 49307

4. Angels of Action

This organization is meant for Mecosta County children in preschool through 4th grade. If their families are in need, their Saddle Up for Childhood Hunger program sends kids home each weekend with a backpack full of food. They are currently serving over 600 children in Mecosta County.

If you would like to make a donation to Angels of Action directly, contact them via email at donations@angelsofaciton.org

5. Project Starburst

The primary mission of Project Starburst is to provide food and related items to Mecosta and Osceola residents who are temporarily in need of assistance. When resources are available Project Starburst may also provide other supplemental services. Project Starburst is committed to partnering with human service agencies to address the needs of area residents.

From a small but diligent start, Project Starburst has increased its presence in the community by offering what is most needed to residents who are livng in poverty. We currently serve, on an average, 240 families monthly, which averages about 13,000 meals and 4,500 personal needs. The initial services were offered from the homes of social workers. In 1971 the organization became a 501c3 non-profit agency and came to be located in the United Church, which has provided space without any cost. In our over 40 year history we have provided a multitude of programs and services but our core services have always been, and continue to be, food and basic services.

If you would like to donate to Project Starburst, you can call them at (231) 796-5342, or mail a check to:

Project Starburst

120 S. State St.

Big Rapids, MI 49307


The previous entries aren't the only ones deserving of your help. The following is a list of other area charities you can donate to, as well as links to their donation pages if available. If we all work to help each other, the world can be a much better place!

All of these organizations need your support.

If you are able, please give!

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