On Helping Hands


To the Editor:

As winter gasps its last frosty breaths, the Helping Hands Mission in Beaverton is stocking its shelves with generous donations from people who care about those less fortunate than themselves. Grant money has replaced the floor and expanded storage for cold and frozen food. Large corporations, businesses, and individuals have come forward to support the Mission’s work of providing groceries, clothing and much needed personal care items. 

Those of us who had adequate heat, income and transportation during winter’s inhospitable months are fortunate indeed. Hopefully we have the compassion to understand the plight of those who couldn’t pay their utility bills, didn’t get hired for a much needed job, or couldn’t pay to replace their worn out car battery. And even if we question why some adults just can’t seem to fix their broken lives, there are the children who aren’t responsible for their family’s hard times.  

We should be able to rejoice when they can have a hot breakfast of eggs, toast and enough milk and fruit to provide essential nutrients. And we should applaud those whose donations of coats and boots provide warmth that costs only a few dollars. A plastic grocery store bag can still be filled for just $2.00. 

As I continue to sort through my late father’s stuff I am finding more things that I need to give away. My last trip to the Mission was on Thursday, March 5. I wanted to take in some electric razors, see the new floor and check to see if there might be some Easter themed items for sale. I was amazed at the difference a cleanable floor has made, and was equally amazed at the large variety of merchandise available to shoppers. I found a cute bunny mug for my toddler grandson, and learned how the Mission uses donations they don’t need. 

Damaged clothing and household textiles are bagged and sold as rags to auto repair shops and animal rescue groups. Surplus perishable food items are offered free of charge to walk-in shoppers who may or may not make a purchase. On the day of my visit the give-away items were milk, assorted breads and fresh tomatoes. The merchandise displayed on shelves includes pretty dishes and glassware. I noticed a highly collectable dessert plate. Not everything is highly valuable, but everything is clean and usable.  A large display of kitchen knives features most of the cutting tools seen on TV cooking shows. The Mission’s liability insurance allows for pick-up of large items.  

The staff wants to thank the kind people who have made donations and shout outs a special thanks to those who have chosen to keep their donations anonymous. Beaverton’s Helping Hands Mission is making a valuable contribution to the well-being of our community spirit and sense of pride.   

Linda Cabose



GBCFD thanks to March Sponsors and Manpower

To the Editor:

On Saturday, March 16, another Gladwin/Beaverton Community Food Distribution (GBCFD) was held at Christ the King Lutheran Church in Gladwin. 206 households received boxes of food, serving approximately 452 household members. This food distribution was sponsored by Beaverton Church of the Nazarene. Manpower was provided by them, as well as Christ the King Lutheran, St. Timothy Lutheran in Midland and friends. Christ the King, once again graciously provided their facility on both registration and distribution days, along with providing home-made cookies at registration. A hearty thank you goes out to everyone who made this distribution successful.  

Monthly distributions take place at Christ the King on the third Saturday of each month.  The following are remaining registration and distribution dates in 2019:

2019 Food Distribution


April 17 Reg. April 20 Distribution

May 15 Reg. May 18 Distribution

June 12 Reg. June 15 istribution

July 17 Reg. July 20 Distribution

Aug. 14 Reg. Aug. 17 Distribution

Sept. 18 Reg. Sept. 21 Distribution

Oct. 16 Reg. Oct. 19 Distribution

Nov. 13 Reg. Nov. 16 Distribution

Dec. 18 Reg. Dec. 21 Distribution

If any church, business or individual would like to help with a future distribution, either monetarily or by providing manpower, please contact Christ the King Lutheran Church, 989-426-1659. Monetary donations are always welcomed and can be sent to Christ the King Lutheran Church, 600 S. M-18, Gladwin, MI 48624, earmarked “Food Truck Ministry.” Each time a Gladwin/Beaverton Community Food Distribution is held, the cost of the truck from the Food Bank is about $1,000, with approximately 25 people supplying manpower.

Jill Phillips, Co-Chair of CTK’s Food Truck Committee


Moolenaar Supports Born-Alive Legislation

To the Editor:

The right to life is one of the founding principles of our country. 

Unfortunately, this year, states including New York and Virginia, have considered troubling laws that would allow for the termination of a child after it has been born.

As the controversial governor of Virginia put it, “The infant would be delivered, the infant would be kept comfortable, the infant would be resuscitated if that’s what the mother and the family desired.”

Rightly, Americans have been horrified by the prospect of these laws that would allow infants

to be left to die after they are born.

Every person is entitled to the right to life and that is why I am a co-sponsor of H.R. 962, the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, proposed by Congresswoman Ann Wagner of Missouri. This bill would require health care providers to exercise the same skill, care and diligence to preserve life that is reasonable for any child born.

Unfortunately, Democrats are blocking the legislation in committee. So to bring the bill up for a vote in the House, I will be signing a discharge petition to move the bill directly to the floor. If enough members sign the petition, the legislation will come up for a vote.

This is an issue of life and every member of Congress should show their constituents where they stand. I hope my colleagues will join me in signing the discharge petition to bring this legislation up for a vote.

Congressman John Moolenaar, R-Midland, represents Michigan’s Fourth Congressional District which is made up of Clare, Clinton, Gladwin, Gratiot, Isabella, Mecosta, Midland, Missaukee, Ogemaw, Osceola, Roscommon, Shiawassee, and Wexford counties, and parts

of Montcalm and Saginaw counties.

John Moolenaar

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