Cooperative effort between mayor, Target brings Easter treats, books and family food boxes to Heights residents
HEIGHTS – Easter is coming a little bit early in Dearborn Heights this year. Residents can get free family food boxes, new children’s books, Easter treats and car-side visits by a special guest – the Easter Bunny – during the city’s Easter Drive-Thru March 27.
The event will run from 1 to 3 p.m., and will be held at the Canfield Community Center, 1801 N. Beech Daly.
The inspiration for the event came when Target officials contacted Mayor Bill Bazzi and relayed their interest in a collaborative effort, after noticing the numerous community service activities he has undertaken over the years.
“I hope this small gesture will be one more way we can help some of our residents have just a bit more of a joyous holiday,” Bazzi said. “The past year has been a tough one for everybody, so I encourage anyone in our community who is experiencing difficulties – or perhaps just wants to get in on the festivities – to join us at the Drive-Thru this Saturday for some good cheer, a family food box, and some new books and treats for the kids.
“We are grateful to the folks at Target for their generosity and support of our event, as well as the United Humanitarian Foundation, the Eternal Light Organization, and the dedicated student volunteers who represent the Crestwood High School National Honor Society and the Annapolis High School Key Club.
“We couldn’t do this without the support of all those who are pitching in to help. Gestures of love, support and generosity like this from our local businesses, our civic and student organizations and other dedicated individuals – all coming together to help those in need simply because it’s the right thing to do – is exactly what community spirit is all about. And Dearborn Heights is always there to demonstrate its community spirit.”
Due to COVID-19-related safety measures, participants are to stay in their vehicles and volunteers will bring a food box (plus books and treats for any children in the vehicle) directly to them.
“We’re looking forward to a great event with much excitement for the kids this Saturday” Bazzi said. “We’re also looking forward to serving a lot of residents at our Drive-Thru as we engage our volunteers and bring our resources together to serve the community.”