’Tis Still the Season for Giving

In partnership with Hidden Harvest, the staff at Dow Chemical Employees’ Credit Union is working to help ensure that local families start the new year off with stocked cabinets. Throughout the month of January, DCECU is collecting food and personal care items to be divided among organizations in Bay, Midland and Saginaw counties that distribute resources to community members.

“In these bitterly cold winter months, we want to help local families keep food on the table and personal-care necessities in the bathroom cabinet,” said DCECU Executive Assistant to the CEO Susan Phillips, who organized the drive. “What started out as an idea for a small, internal campaign for our employees has snowballed into something larger that the whole community can contribute to.”

While each week features specific items that are being sought, all donations are welcomed. Contributions can be dropped off at the credit union.

The weekly schedule of featured items for collection is as follows:

  • Week of Jan. 1: Canned green beans; shampoo
  • Week of Jan. 8: Canned baked beans; toothpaste
  • Week of Jan. 15: Canned corn; toilet paper
  • Week of Jan. 22: Canned soups/stews; toothbrushes
  • Week of Jan. 29: Canned meats (e.g., tuna, corned beef, chicken, etc.); stick deodorant

Saginaw-based Hidden Harvest is providing us with boxes for the collection of items. At the conclusion of the donation drive, the nonprofit organization will transport the donations to Midland’s Open Door, Good Samaritan Rescue Mission in Bay City and the Ecumenical Food Pantry in Saginaw for distribution to community members.


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