Each year a group of dedicated volunteers in Howell organize the “Howell Holiday Giveaway” program (www.howellholidaygiveaway.com) sanctioned by township officials to collect gifts for hundreds of less fortunate children in our own neighborhood. Many gifts are needed to ensure a great holiday season for those who would typically receive few gifts. The program aims to collect new, unwrapped gifts for over 450 children ages infant to 17 years old and involves many neighborhoods, residents, non-profit groups and local businesses.
The local podiatry practice of Dr. Hal Ornstein, Dr. Jasen Langley, Dr. Katy Statler and Dr. Samantha Boyd, Affiliated Foot and Ankle Center, LLP, has implemented many programs in their office to support the “Howell Holiday Giveaway” program. This past year (2015), they collected over 3,000 gifts to bring smiles to many over the holidays. Utilizing their podiatry practice in Howell, they not only communicated with their patients through email and newsletters about this program, they also had a “giving tree” in their waiting room. They encouraged patients to take an ornament, or tag, off of the tree that has the age of a child on it, and that individual would then purchase a new gift for that age group and drop it back to the office. The team at Affiliated Foot & Ankle Center also launched a program called “Howell’s Little Elves”. In short, this program involves all in and around the community to alert local residents of the “Howell Holiday Giveaway” program and if they would like to donate a gift, they would leave it on their porch to be picked up by one of “Howell’s Little Elves”. These elves are the children in and around Howell taking their time and energy to help their neighbors. “I thank each and every child and parent involved in not only the “Little Elves” program, but all initiatives to collect gifts for those that are less fortunate.” says Dr. Hal Ornstein. “The power of ‘community’ surely shined through and made my heart smile!”
If you would like any additional information on the “Howell Holiday Giveaway”, to be added to the list to help collect toys next year, would like to give some suggestions or get involved in next years efforts, please contact (732) 732-961-0370 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.