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Last week was a very busy week which resulted in the provision of compassionate selfless support to people who we helped make the holidays more festive. There is an often used African phrase "It takes a Village to raise a child". Well that Village was in full force this week. It started in Westland when Village Leaders Westland Mayor William R. Wild, Westland City Councilman Bill Johnson, The Ford Motor Company,the brothers and sisters of the UAW local 900 and UAW leader Jimmy Settles distributed 900 Holiday food boxes, including turkeys, to needy families, churches, and organizations in my neighborhood ,(the Norwayne Historic District), and Westland and Wayne. Thank yous should be extended to village volunteers from the Norwayne Community Citizens Council and the Westland Housing and Community Development staff for the hours of preparation in calling recipients of this much appreciated donation of food. One family saying it gave them the opportunity not to have balogna sandwiches on Christmas day. Thank you to the St. Helen and Constatine Greek Orthodox Church for the distribution of new hats, gloves and scarves, and to the the insurance group for the distribution of information on diabetes and free reading glasses. The village extended this benefit with Joanne Inglis Campbell and her staff enrolling eligible families in the Government Food Program. Then it was off to Detroit where the village continued the celebration of the holiday. The Arc Detroit with the support of many in the Village celebrated the season with adults with differing abilities. This too took a village. Rachel Jake Hess and Isaac Robinson headed up this effort, And other community organizations helped, including the Eta Phi Beta Alpha Chapter Sorority, The Free and Fully Accepted Mason groups from Allen Park and Belleville, provided funds for gifts for all our guests and dinner. Dinner, prepared by Rachel Hess, included Shepherd's Pie, how appropriate for Christmas, and macaroni and cheese. It brought new meaning to comfort food. Thank you to village member Kareen Orr. For the music, and Santa, who looked a lot like Phil Ross, who made his annual visit. A strong shout out to The Arc Detroit Staff for their continuing support to persons with disabilities. So it must be obvious by now, I am extremely fond of two organizations that provide important support to building compassionate communities within our village. And both need your financial support. This is a truly Impressive Compassionate Village. You can help revitalize the Norwayne Historic District by giving an end of year tax deductible donation to: The City of Westland , with Norwayne Historic District , written in memo section. Donations should be mailed to Dorsey Community Center, 32715 Dorsey Road, Westland, Michigan 48186. The Arc Detroit is really struggling and unless the community rallies to protect it our 64th year in Detroit could be our last. We do not receive any support from the Detroit Wayne Mental Health Authority. To send your donation please send tax deductible check to The Arc Detroit, 51 W. Hancock, Detroit, Michigan 48201. Better yet, send a check to both The Arc Detroit and Norwayne Historic District. Honored to be part of the village, Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Holidays. Hank Johnson