Jaycees spread holiday cheer

Community Service: Jaycees see value in the service Eagle Village supplies, and for the third year in a row, has donted funds and supplies to the Eagle Village Christmas celebration. (Courtesy photo)
Community Service: Jaycees see value in the service Eagle Village supplies, and for the third year in a row, has donted funds and supplies to the Eagle Village Christmas celebration. (Courtesy photo)

Jaycees support Eagle Village Christmas

HERSEY – To help fill gift bags and brighten the holidays for the third year in a row, the Mount Pleasant Jaycees donated funds to Eagle Village for Christmas. In addition to the gifts that are flown or trucked in for Christmas morning, gift bags from the Jaycees also are distributed during the Village Christmas celebration, generally held the week before Christmas. The gift bags for the Village Christmas are filled with items such as bath products, hats and scarves, fun socks, small toys, holiday pencils and notebooks and a blanket. Erin Ludwig of the Mt. Pleasant Jaycees shared, “The Mount Pleasant Jaycees see great value in the services that Eagle Village brings to the youth they serve,” said Jaycee Erin Ludwig in a press release. “They are always high on our list of nonprofits to help. This donation was especially important to our group as we know Eagle Village works with a group of young people that needs to know they are supported by their community. The Mount Pleasant Jaycees likes helping Eagle Village spread Christmas joy to all of the youth they serve.” This year’s Village Christmas celebration spanned two days and included a short reception, allowing guests to meet some of the young people. There was also a program organized by Chaplain Jeremiah Ketchum and youth from several of the houses. After the program on the second day, board members and volunteers visited the residential houses delivering gift bags to each teen. “Christmas donations from organizations like the Mount Pleasant Jaycees as well as other groups and individuals help us make this emotional season much brighter for our residents and foster children,” said Lisa Spaugh, marketing coordinator for Eagle Village. “We want them to know that no matter what, the Eagle Village staff and friends and donors in the community care about them and want to see them do well.” Eagle Village is a nonprofit organization providing intervention services, residential treatment, foster care and adoption services for troubled youth from all counties in Michigan. For more information, contact Eagle Village at (231) 832-2234.