During this time of festivities with loved ones and friends, more often than not, the ones in true need are forgotten. How easy is it to see all the Red kettles from the Salvation Army and think, “someone else will take care of them.” But that’s not always the case.



To make sure the less fortunate is not forgotten this season, the FREC CITY team put together a list of charities that you can donate your time and money to.


Gleaners Community Food Bank

Gleaners has been serving the community for more than 40 years by distributing food to counties in Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Livingston and Monroe. On average, the organization distributes 96,000 meals each day. This year, if you donate, Kroger grocery store will match your donation.



American Red Cross

During times of disaster, blood is needed most. One blood donation takes less than 10 minutes and can save three lives. This year, each person will receive a gift if the donation is more than $125.



Salvation Army

You know the holidays are near when you hear the ringing of the bells before spotting the iconic Red Kettle. One donation can help provide shelter for the needy or a meal for the hungry. Donating clothing and goods to the Salvation Army Family also helps restore lives and give hope to individuals.



Whether you decide to give money, time or goods, REMEMBER what the true meaning of the season is all about! Happy Holidays!


photo: Giphy


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Kyla’s family and friends describe her as a walking Encyclopedia when it comes to everything pop culture, beauty, fitness and fashion. Kyla knew she wanted to be a writer when she began writing short stories and poems for her family. A true Michigander at heart, Kyla graduated from Wayne State University with a degree in journalism and attended Specs Howard School of Media Arts. Along the way, she has interviewed everyone from, Idris Elba, Kerry Washington, Jack Kevorkian, Robert Kennedy Jr., Joel Osteen, Russell Simmons and Wiz Khalifa. After a stint working at a psychic shop and producing shows for an all talk radio station on iHeartRadio, Kyla landed at The Detroit News, working as an editorial assistant and reporter. She worked at PBS Detroit, as a social media manager before joining the Urban Content Studios team. When she is not writing, Kyla likes to spend time with family, shop and compete in fitness bikini competitions.

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