By ASHLEY SWORD
Special to the Sunday Times
Mimi’s Mission, a local non-profit organization, will be raising awareness of childhood safety while at the Wyandotte Street Fair from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. July 13 to 16.
In an effort to educate the community, Mimi’s Mission is seeking volunteers to assist the Michigan State Police make identification kits for the children as well as helping to speak to guests that stop by the tent.
The organization was most recently at the Trenton Street Fair where volunteers connected with hundreds of community members.
Also on site in Trenton was an officer from the Michigan State Police who put together the ID kits. The kits allow parents to collect specific information by easily recording the physical characteristics and fingerprints of their children on computer discs that are kept at home.
If ever needed, the ID kit will give authorities vital information to assist in their efforts to locate a missing child.
Founder of Mimi’s Mission, Lisa Missler Vilella, said while at the Trenton Street Fair many people approached her booth and said they are grateful for the difference the organization has made in their life. She said many shared stories of how it impacted them or someone they knew directly.
“Recognition is a big thing,” Vilella said. “It shows us that we are doing the right thing when everyone is getting behind us to show their support.”
“Mimi’s Mission is an organization driven directly by the needs of the communities we serve and couldn’t do what we do without the support of our communities,” she said.
At the event, Mimi’s Mission will be selling tickets to its fundraiser gala to be held at The Waterfront Grill in Wyandotte July 30. The gala will include a band and live auction. Some of the auction items include a pair of boxing gloves signed by Mike Tyson, Coach purse basket, a seaplane ride, signed Muhammed Ali photo, Brad Paisley concert tickets, Detroit Tigers ticket packages, Detroit Pistons ticket packages, family packs to zoos and adventure-water parks, signed Gordie Howe photo and a 2002 Detroit Red Wings championship bottle of champagne from their locker room.
To volunteer or attend the gala, call 844-439-6464 or email [email protected].
For more information about Mimi’s Mission, go to www.MimisMission.org or www.Facebook.com/MimisMissionDR.