Star Staffing donation to keep little hands warm

ALPENA — A donation by Alpena Star Staffing will assure that children involved with Northeast Michigan Community Service Agency’s Head Start will have warm hands and heads this winter.

Star Staffing employees donated mittens and hats, some homemade, to keep the children warm. According to a press release the donation was estimated at $250.

Casey Buelow of Star Staffing said this is the third year the agency has donated hats and mittens. She said it is just one of a few donation drives the company conducts over the course of the year.

“We were just looking for something fun to do for donations,” Buelow said.

NEMCSA Head Start Manager Lori Clark said her agency originally was approached by Star Staffing in September for the donation. She said it will be very helpful for children involved in the Head Start program for a variety of reasons.

“I accepted that donation willingly. The mittens and hats will be given to our children in Alpena, Alcona and Montmorency counties, as well as our Rogers City program,” Clark said.

She said that in all the Head Start sites children go outdoors for activities a lot.

“Unless it’s totally bad weather and high wind chill,” she said. “Sometimes parents forget (hats and gloves) or sometimes children are unprepared for the weather.”

Clark said the donation to the program also was welcomed because of funding limitation.

“We don’t have funding that would allow us to purchase individual items in that regard,” she said.

She said the items, which can be given directly to families, will help because this way Head Start will not have to make a referral.

Clark said any organization that would like to help Head Start can contact her by calling 356-3474.

“We have had donations from other agencies that have donated things to our playgrounds, we do an outdoor classroom concept, and that is wonderful to have those kinds of donations,” she said. “We are looking for anything that is appropriate to the classrooms, things to send home with the students, and we’re open to all donations.”

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