MSP and Kroger Join Holiday Season with Thanksgiving Meal at Flint
FLINT, MI – Michigan State Police Soldier Steven Kramer has “adopted” the neighborhood surrounding Sarvis Park off Myrtle Avenue in Flint.
As the vacation approached, Kramer, a community service soldier, couldn’t hand out popsicles in the summer heat or shoot hoops at the park with children.
However, he is still focused on his impact.
MSP and Kroger have teamed up to bring Thanksgiving dinners to 200 families on Monday, Nov. 22 in central and southeastern Michigan, including Flint.
Meals provided by Kroger were distributed to families identified by MSP community service soldiers through collaboration with schools and local organizations.
Lansing, Jackson, Monroe, Brighton, Metro North, Metro South, Flint, Lapeer and Tri-City MSP stations entered the competition.
Each holiday meal donation will feed a family of four to six and includes a turkey and traditional side dishes.
“This neighborhood is something that I have embraced – the park and the community. There is support both ways, ”Kramer said. “I remember a lot of families from our interactions in the summer, so I wanted to make sure those in need had a Thanksgiving meal. This neighborhood wants to help and be helped.
Ward 2 Councilor Ladel Lewis, whom Kramer considers the “neighborhood liaison,” noticed the soldiers handing out meals and stood on her porch to thank the community of Flint.
“By helping this community, it means they are keeping their promise not only to protect, but also to serve. That has been the whole mantra of our relationship with MSP, ”said Lewis. “Our residents see it and are grateful for it beyond measure. I went out to thank them because I was already receiving text messages and phone calls from families. “
Other events are held during the holiday week for community members to enjoy a free hot meal, turkey or cases of water to take home.
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