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Santa Claus Arrives Early at St. Vincent and Sarah Fisher Center

Wednesday, December 10, 2014 1:50 PM | Anonymous

Roof leaks affect children’s wing and other rooms; donation also funds removal of potentially dangerous tree limb  

DETROIT – December 2, 2014 – Santa Claus – in the form of Eastown Distributors – will donate $3,500 to the SVSF to fix the roof of the Center’s children’s wing. 

The roof leaks, making one classroom unusable and also affecting other rooms at 16800 Trinity St., Detroit, one of SVSF’s four program locations. 

“When I think about the recent Buffalo, N.Y. weather and recall the weather Detroit had last year, I’ve been very worried about how our roof was going to make it through the winter,” said Diane Renaud, SVSF Executive Director/CEO. 

Eastown’s donation will also pay for removal of a potentially dangerous tree limb hanging over SVSF’s administration wing. The donation is in addition to the annual donations that Eastown has made to SVSF for 24 years.

 “We at the St. Vincent and Sarah Fisher Center are very grateful to the staff at Eastown for their generosity in fixing the roof over our heads and providing Christmas to many of the children in our program,” said Renaud.

 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.


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