The Midwest Independent Retailers Foundation teamed up with the City of Westland to Give out Turkeys.
Westland Police gave out Turkeys instead of Tickets as well as Turkeys to families who have suffered a tragedy in 2019.
For some people, 2019 has been a tough year. The Westland Police Department and the Midwest Independent Retailers Association (MIRA) wanted to partner to find a way to give back to those in need of help and those in need of some joy.
“We often forget about people who are mourning a loss or in deep sadness during the holiday season,” said Mayor William R. Wild. “Our officers are very much a part of the community and not only enforce the law and protect citizens, they often give back.”
Westland Police Officers not only gave out Turkeys Instead of Tickets, they also gave Turkeys to local families who have suffered a tragedy this year. The Turkeys were donated by MIRA’s foundation, MIRF as part of their Annual High Five Turkey Drive.
“Our officers went out for about an hour today to give out Turkeys and residents were very appreciative,” said Police Chief Jeff Jedrusik. “Some of our residents faced some serious tragedies this year and we wanted to do something that could possibly bring them some joy this holiday season.”
Every year, the Midwest Independent Retailers Foundation (MIRF) Turkey Drive Committee pledges to put a turkey on the Thanksgiving table of more than 6,000 families throughout Michigan, Ohio and Illinois that may not otherwise enjoy this special meal.
“Since 1980, the Midwest Independent Retailers Foundation and its members have provided Thanksgiving turkeys to needy families and each year the list of charitable groups asking for turkeys grows,” said Auday Arabo, president and CEO of MIRA. “We are always looking for new partners who can help us give out more Turkeys every year.”
MIRA Midwest Independent Retailers Association
November 30, 2019 is Small Business Saturday. This serves as the ceremonial kickoff to the holiday shopping season for small businesses across the United States. It is estimated that an average of two-thirds of every dollar spent at small businesses stays in the community, so Shop & Dine Westland. #ShopSmall
The Wayne County Lightfest runs from Thursday, November 21 - Tuesday, December 31 (closed December 25) with the entrance being at Merriman Hollow Park located at 7651 Merriman Road.
The hours for the Lightfest are:
Monday - Friday: 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Saturday/Sunday: 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
The fee is $5.00 cash per vehicle.
The Lightfest offers five miles of colorful displays! Don't forget to stop at the Santa's Shelter for refreshments and photos with Santa at the end of the Lightfest, which is Warrendale Park. The Santa Shelter is open November 22 - December 23.
Toy Night Tuesdays will take place on December 3, 10 and 17. On Toy Night Tuesdays, visitors can donate a new unwrapped toy in lieu of paying the entrance fee.
Flu shots available for all ages until noon today at the Westland Friendship Center located at 1119 N Newburgh Rd. You do not need to be a member of the center or a resident of Westland. Please bring your medical insurance information or Medicare Part B.
As the colder weather encourages us to spend more time indoors, now is the time to do some fall and winter cleaning. We might not have use for that old $3.50 gift card in your drawer, those extra office supplies that are taking up space or that old sweater that doesn’t fit, but someone else will. Call local schools, shelters, hospitals or thrift stores to see if they need any of your old treasures. What things did you part ways with to help someone in need? Share at https://www.gch.org/Passport-to-Good-Health.aspx. #HealthyCity