As the holidays approach, there are many efforts already underway to help others in the community. Here are some ways you can participate:

  • Lakeshore Food Club needs turkeys! As you consider shopping for your Thanksgiving turkey, please consider buying one extra to donate to the food club. Donations can be dropped off from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Saturday or 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday.
  • West Shore Bank is once again doing its Spirit of Giving 2022 Program (donate by 11/30). 
  • Ludington Bay Brewing Company is collecting coats and blankets for the Ludington Area Schools Youth Resource Center until 11/18.
  • Help fight hunger now through 11/19 when you bring your non-perishable food items to Betten Baker Ford of Ludington to be donated locally! Located at 3045 West US-10, Ludington.
  • Round up at the register at Ludington Meat Company to support Lakeshore Food Club. Every penny raised this way will be used to stock local food shelves, as well as home and hygiene products.
  • Visit Sportsman’s Restaurant & Bar or the Mitten Bar on 11/18-20 and have a draft beer or root beer. For every featured draft sold, a donation will be made to the Lakeshore Food 4 Kids backpack program. Up to $500 will be matched by a generous donor.
  • Toys for Tots & Gifts for Teens – Barrels around Mason County or donate directly on the FiveCAP website.
  • Purchase snacks for Miss Sawyer’s Kids with a Cause Stocking project. Here is her Amazon Wish List for items to be sent to military personnel. Stateside shipping begins 12/1.
  • Help end hunger in our community. Donate or round up to the nearest dollar at Family Fare to support local food pantries.
  • Round up at the register at Wesco to donate to your local food bank. The company matches up to $1,000 to each location.
  • Ludington Workbox Staffing is collecting personal care items to be donated. Drop-off is at 101 S. James St., Ludington, Suite 308.  
  • West Shore Community College is hosting a clothing drive through November 23. They’re seeking new socks and underwear, adult winter hats and gloves, adult thermal underwear, and winter scarves. Donations may be dropped off at the library.
  • Coats and Boots for Kids is a non-profit group that is helping to keep Ludington students safe and warm during the winter months. Donations of new and gently used outdoor items are being collected at B2 Outlet Store.
  • The Q Smokehouse is collecting donations for Lakeshore Food Club in November. Just add a $5 donation to your bill, and the Q will give you a $5 restaurant gift card as a thank you.
  • Register to ring a bell for the Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Campaign during the holiday season: