DETROIT – Eastown Distributors and its employees have supported the St. Vincent and Sarah Fisher Center for at-risk children and adults for 25 years. The week before Christmas 2015, through a year of office raffles, an employee’s potluck lunch of Polish family recipes and other innovative fund-raising activities, Eastown reported that it has brought in its largest haul in a quarter-century: nearly $8,000.
The money will provide gifts for 47 children ages 2 months to 15 years old.
“Eastown’s employees have really stepped up this year to open their hearts and their wallets to help the kids at St. Vincent and Sarah Fisher Center, who they have come to see as family, and that’s a reflection of the giving spirit of our employees,” said Eastown President Paul J. Quasarano. “As a family owned small business, we have deep roots in this community. We’re pleased we can give back to a community that has given so much to us over the generations.
” The gifts range from winter clothes and boots to toys and crafts to diapers and gift cards. The nearly $8,000 raised in 2015 is the largest amount in the 25 years Eastown has supported SVSF.
“St. Vincent and Sarah Fisher Center is truly blessed and grateful to Eastown and its generous, hardworking employees,” said Diane Renaud, CEO of St. Vincent and Sarah Fisher Center. “Year after year, Eastown and its employees continue to support us and provide much needed resources to so many families. Many of the children in our program actually have a Christmas, thanks to the good hearts of Eastown.
” St. Vincent and Sarah Fisher Center began in 1844 as St. Vincent’s Academy in Detroit, a kindergarten for orphaned children. The organization evolved through the years and moved to Farmington Hills, establishing an adoption/foster care residence for children. In 2006, when policies and the economy changed, the Center closed its residential doors, but wanted to continue to fulfill its mission of serving at-risk children and adults. Identifying the significant need, the Center returned to Detroit and its roots of education and now provides free, personalized educational support for children and adults. These programs are designed to help build self-sufficiency skills for academic and employment success, personal achievement and dignity.
Eastown Distributors is a family-owned business, founded in 1933 and now in its fourth generation. Eastown has grown from a 1,000 square-foot warehouse to its current 120,000 square-foot facility employing over 100 employees and servicing 1,700 customers. For more information, visit www.eastown.com.