Assistance League of Southeastern Michigan holds 10th Annual Mistletoe Marketplace for charity

WXYZ's Alicia Smith served as Honorary Chairperson

SHELBY TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WXYZ) - About 800 people packed the Palazzo Grande in Shelby Township for the Assistance League of Southeastern Michigan's yearly luncheon to raise money for worthwhile projects around metro Detroit.

The 10 th Annual Mistletoe Marketplace on Thursday, November 22 nd sold out. 

The event offered an extensive silent auction, exciting live auction, and a host of raffle prizes as well as lunch and shopping.

The Assistance League reports more than $100,000.00 was raised at the event to support their programs.

7 Action News Morning Anchor Alicia Smith was thrilled to serve as Honorary Chairperson of the event.

"I'm really impressed with all the hard work these ladies put in to make this event so festive, and it's a great way to raise money to help people in need," said Smith.

The Assistance League raises money at Mistletoe Marketplace to support its philanthropic programs throughout the year.

"Operation School Bell is one of those projects, and it's really heartwarming to see it in person,"said Smith. 

She was invited to take part in an Operation School Bell event an elementary school in Pontiac in September.

Operation School Bell provides brand new school clothing, winter coats, hats, gloves, pants, tops, underwear, socks, books, a duffel bag, a shoe voucher and some other personal items to all the kids taking part in the program.

"The Assistance League basically sets up a huge store in a gym or cafeteria, and volunteers take the kids around one-by-one to pick out the clothes that they want," recalled Smith. 
"It's like their very own personal shopping spree!  The kids are all smiles.  It's priceless."

Other programs benefitting from the Mistletoe Marketplace fundraiser and the organization's Resale Connection store include Buddy Bears which provides cuddly, stuffed bears for police and firefighters to hand out to children during crisis situations.

The Assistance League also provides Assault Survivor Kits -- personal kits that are sent to dozens of hospitals and trauma centers for survivors of abuse, sexual assault, and domestic violence.

Teachers can also apply for Assistance League funds for special classroom projects, field trips, or classroom technology to enhance existing curriculum.

Providing infant layette kits to limited-income mothers, tutoring in local schools, and sending weekly weekend meals throughout the school year to social worker-selected elementary students are some other important programs.

If you'd like to find out more about the Assistance League's philanthropic efforts, click here.

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