Thank you for your generous donations of 67 household items to Woven Vessels International Ministry, a local organization meeting the needs of refugees in the area by welcoming them to the area, assisting them in furnishing their homes, and providing language and literacy services.
For April, the East Lansing campus will be collecting to support new move-in packages for residential youth at Gateway Youth Services in East Lansing. They are requesting
- Personal care items
- New undergarments (various sizes and styles for all genders)
- New socks (various sizes and styles for all genders)
Gateway helps youth ages 12 through 20 who lack safe, stable, and age-appropriately supervised housing. Your Simple Gifts can mean a lot to them.
Donation bins are located in front of the East and West Fee Hall elevators or in A306 E. Fee Hall at MSU or at the designated areas at DMC.
Thank you for your ongoing generosity. You have warmly welcomed newcomers to the Lansing area!
Your Simple Gifts team,
Ann Cook, Meghan Tappy DiPiazza, Pat Grauer, Brittany Harrison, Denise M. Jones, Jennifer Lanuzza, Laura Probyn, Khadije Saad, Meg Spenchian, Anna McFarland
A history of compassion
Since its start in November 2005, Simple Gifts has provided much more than 37,574 items to care for others!
- East Lansing: We collected 67 household items (towels, blankets, pans, etc.) for refugees served by Woven Vessel International Ministries
- East Lansing: We were asked for non-edible items for the MSU Food Bank, and collected 107 personal care and home cleaning supplies for Spartan students in need.
- East Lansing: We collected 1,220 items of warm clothing, food and personal care items for The Homeless Angels
- Detroit Medical Center: Donors provided 970 bottles of water to support persons affected by the Flint water crisis
- East Lansing: Simple Gifters contributed to the Marine Toys for Tots Drive that we conducted in concert with our students and provided 104 toys for Homeless Angels' free shopping event.
- East Lansing: 148 scarves, coats, gloves, hats, sweaters and sweatshirts for the Lansing Refugee Development Center, done in concert with our student groups: Pediatrics Interest Group, Community Integrated Medicine, and International Osteopathic Medical Organization
- Detroit Medical Center: 44 coats, scarves, gloves, socks and sweaters for Matrix off the Streets, a homeless and emergency shelter for youth in Detroit
- MSU and DMC campus drive: 163 food items for The City Church Thanksgiving meals to vulnerable people throughout southeast Michigan
- Macomb drive: 80 Halloween party items for the Macomb Family YMCA and 101 toys for St. Vincent.
- MSU campus drive: 259 personal care items for Knights Daughters of Lansing to help homeless people who are hospitalized
- Macomb drive: 43 items of warm clothing for Lutheran Social Services of Michigan Refugee Services
- MSU campus drive: A total of 662 stuffed animals for the Teddy Bear Posse.
- Detroit drive: 102 items for the Volunteers of America Michigan Operation Backpack in Detroit.
- Macomb dirve: 196 items for children at Mt. Clemens schools in conjunction with the Nurse’s Union at McLaren Macomb Hospital.
July 2015: We supported a lot of kids are going back to school with pride,thanks to your generosity in our July drive. We collected a total of 724 items!
- Macomb drive: 192 school items for to Head Start Macomb County
- MSU campus drive: 532 school supply items for Rivers of Life Bounce Back to School and Antioch Full Gospel Church
June 2015: We supported the The Cat Ambassador and collected 290 items.
May 2015: We supported Gateway Community Services Street Outreach Program and collected 229 items. Thanks; thanks
March 2015: We supported the Mid-Michigan Diaper Bank. We collected 1,243 diapers to support their Winter diaper drive.
February 2015: We supported American Cancer Society Hope Lodge Peter M. Wege Guest House. We collected 203 items to support their nutrition and good health.
December 2014: In concert with our MSUCOM Classes of ’17 and ’18, we provided 17 items for Toys for Tots, and 119 coats and other articles of warm clothing in support of the Administrative Professional Association’s campus-wide program.
November 2014: We supported the Michigan Human Trafficking Task Force. We collected 386 items of health supplies, toiletries and cleaning products for our drive in conjunction with the MSU Women’s Resource Center.
October 2014: We supported the Open Door Ministry of Lansing and St. Martin de Porres Foundation for Rehabilitation of the Blind in Pereira, Colombia. We collected 166 items. Click here for a special thank you message from Open Door and St. Martin de Porres.
September 2014: We supported education and rehabilitation programs for wild animals at Wildside Rehabilitation Center, just south of Eaton Rapids. We collected 1,413 items.
August 2014: For children from such countries as Ecuador, Guatemala and Mexico who are awaiting their families in foster care with Lutheran Social Services of Michigan, Division of Children’s Services, we donated six backpacks, 30 luggage/duffel bags, 46 tote bags, three dolls and 32 stuffed animals – 117 items in all. Thanks
June 2014: We assisted the MSU Administrative Professional Association with donations of 205 books for their drive to support the Capital Area Literacy Coalition: The Reading People
May 2014: 375 cleaning items, personal items, and new toys were collected for MSU Safe Place!
April 2014: For the Mid-Michigan Cat Rescue in Grand Ledge, 70 items, including paper towels, cleaning supplies and more than 40 pounds of cat food! Click here to see MMCR's special thank you message!
March 2014: New baby supplies – 45 items totaling $512 in value – helped families of our warriors and veterans through Operation Homefront’s Star Spangled Baby Shower
February 2014: Thank you for your donations to Volunteers of America, which went to help keep local mid-Michigan homeless people warm. This month we collected 171 items!
December 2013: 125 nonperishable food and toiletry items to support the WKAR/Greater Lansing Food Bank drive
November 2013: 445 items of clothing and blankets for moms and kids related to faculty member Michael Boivin’s work in Tororo, Uganda.
October 2013: Thank you for your support in the APA Winter Coat drive. Together we raised 117 coats and warm items for MSU students and children in need through MSU CAMP, MSU Family Resource Center and the Lansing School District!
September 2013: Thank you for your generosity in supporting the Global Brigades chapter at Albion College with medical supplies for their community development abroad. Particular thanks goes to GH2HG, an undergraduate organization operating out of Fee Hall to collect medical supplies for developing countries. All together, we collected 357 items!
August 2013: Thank you for your donations in supporting Operation Backpack, a local mission which supplies backpacks and school supplies to local area youth in need. Together we donated 191 items. Click here for a special thank you message from St. Vincent Catholic Charities.
July 2013: Thank you for your generous donations in supporting the Aspire Mega Soccer Academy in Homa Bay, Kenya! With your support we collected 64 items for children in need, ranging from soccer shirts to shoes.
June 2013: Thank you for your donations last month supporting the work of Haven House. With your support we collected 150 items for children in need.
May 2013: Thank you for your donations last month supporting Operation Homefront - Central Great Lakes. With your support we collected over 453 items for deploying soldiers.
April 2013: Thank you for your donations last month supporting Sigma Sigma Phi’s penny drive to raise money for the Ronald McDonald House of Mid-Michigan.
March 2013: Thank you for your donations last month supporting the work of the St. Martin de Porres Foundation for Rehabilitation of the Blind in Pereira, Colombia. This organization has provided vision care for the poor for over 30 years, including exams, corrective lenses, treatments, and surgeries. With your support we collected over 85 eyeglasses.
February 2013: Thank you for your donations last month supporting our student ACOFP organization benefiting the Chaldean American Ladies of Charity serving Detroit refugees. With your support we collected over 243.
December 2012: With your help we provided 110 coats and warm winter wear items for MSU students, many from migrant worker families, in conjunction with the MSU Administrative Professional Association and Migrant Student Services Program.
November 2012: Thank you so much for your generosity during the holidays! You made substantial contributions to our MSUCOM students' Toys for Tots drive.
October 2012: Thank you for your generous donations to MSUCOM alumna Sister Anne Brooks’ clinic in Tutwiler, Mississippi (http://tutwilerclinic.org/staff.html), which serves the disadvantaged. Last month we collected over 322 items!
September 2012: Soaring Unlimited, 378 items of summer clothes and bar soap were collected to support Haitians served by Soaring Unlimited mission in Cap-Haitien.
August 2012: To support the Student National Medical Association’s drive to assist Community Integrated Medicine’s health fair at Brightmoor Community Center in Detroit, 210 items, including school supplies and backpacks
July 2012: For Operation Homefront, 117 items such as baby oils, bottles, formula, diapers and clothing were donated to support the families of the men and women who defend our nation overseas
June 2012: Stuffed animals, balls, balloons and other toys (348 items) to support Malawian children under the care of MSUCOM’s Dr. Terrie Taylor
May 2012: Small items – including 242 toys, personal hygiene, school supplies and clothing – to support the Shoebox Project for underprivileged children, organized through Portland Public Schools
April 2012: 322 nonperishable food items to support MSU students and their families through the MSU Student Food Bank
March 2012: For the Angels for Oroko Children, in Cameroon, West Africa, we collected 573 items, including books, t-shirts, and pens and pencils
February 2012: Leashes, collars, pet toys and food (37 items) for the Capital Area Humane Society, who promotes the humane treatment of companion animals through protection, placement, education and example
January 2012: 965 items of clothing and housewares to help kick-start the new St. Vincent dePaul Thrift Store in Lansing after its old site was completely destroyed by fire in December.
December 2011: Children’s books (103) for the Capital Area Literacy Coalition, supporting “The Reading People” mission to help children and adults learn to read, write and speak English.
November 2011: More than 620 shoebox items for needy children worldwide supported by Samaritan’s Purse International Relief
October 2011: To support Ele’s Place work with grieving children, 342 arts and crafts items
September 2011: Bay Cliff Health Camp in Big Bay, Michigan, which offers care for people with physical disabilities, received 90 items, including coloring books and crayons, children’s underwear and socks, colored markers and beads
August 2011: In conjunction with a health fair provided by MSUCOM’s Community Integrated Medicine students, 358 school supplies and bookbags for Brightmoor Community Center
July 2011: For the impoverished people of Haiti, still suffering the impacts of a devastating earthquake, 455 t-shirts and cloth bags, distributed through Soaring Unlimited
June 2011: To support the work of three clinics in Port au Prince sponsored by the Haiti Foundation Against Poverty, 996 medical supplies and 45 bars of soap
May 2011: To assist an MSUCOM elective medical mission in Peru led by Gary Willyerd, 175 items including soap, toothbrushes and toothpaste, and sunscreen.
March-April 2011: To support the work of MSUCOM alumna Sister Anne Brooks, recognized nationally since 1982 for her clinic in Tutwiler, Mississippi, 47 items for their “bargain barn” and cottage industries
February 2011: For the Capital Area Humane Society, 152 items – including pet food, toys and towels – to help animals in our community
January 2011: 215 items to help feed hungry Spartans and their families through the MSU Student Food Bank
December 2010: To assist in the MSUCOM Student Government Toys for Tots drive, 23 toys. In addition, we collected 331 bars of soap, toothbrushes and toothpaste to assist MSUCOM student Kyle Martin and Soaring Unlimited in fighting cholera in Haiti.
November 2010: To assist our MSUCOM Student OMM Clinics, 102 items, including disinfectant wipes, hanging file folders and pillows
September-October 2010: 75 personal care items such as facecloths and towels, sheets and pillowcases and toilet paper for Teen Challenge, which helps men and women overcome life-controlling issues such as alcoholism, drug abuse, pornography and gambling
August 2010: Partnering with the West Outer Drive United Methodist Church in Detroit, Community Integrated Medicine conducted a health fair. We collected 309 items -- pens and pencils, notebooks, crayons, scissors and glue to support the children they served.
July 2010: The Mid-Michigan Food Bank of the American Red Cross feeds more than 50,000 people locally each year. We collected nonperishable items and canned goods for their work.
June 2010: 110 items of women’s clothing, writing instruments and socks for the charitable work of All Saints Church and Saint Mina Monastery in Alexandria, Egypt
April-May 2010: For refugees assisted by Lutheran Social Services of Michigan, 33 items of children’s toys, books and clothing
March 2010: For MSUCOM medical missions to Haiti through the Institute of International Health, 476 items – including clothing, toothpaste and toothcare packs
February 2010: For the Cristo Rey Community Center, 76 items of non-perishable foodstuffs, medical items for their clinic, and clothing
January 2010: For homeless persons in our communities, 306 items of warm winter clothing, including hats, scarves, gloves, mittens, sweaters and blankets
November-December 2009: Shoes, blankets, toiletries to support MSUCOM student Kyle Martin’s projects in Haiti, totaling 1,433 items
October 2009: 1,392 educational items for children at Park Lakes Elementary School in Lauderdale Lakes, Florida, including paper, pencils, crayons, books and teaching supplies.
September 2009: 1,334 items, including colored pencils, markers, paper and coloring books, to help the Malawian children with cerebral malaria treated by our Department of Psychiatry.
July-August 2009: 453 items, including small toys, picture books for learning English, baby supplies and children's underwear for the refugee families treated by our faculty and students at the Ingham County Health Department.
June 2009: 153 articles of gently used clothing, OTC drugs, tennis shoes and toiletries for medical missions and for healthcare partners of MSUCOM’s Institute of International Health.
May 2009: 207 items of Tums, toothbrushes, toothpaste and sunblock to support MSUCOM’s Peru Medical Mission in August 2009. A team of second-year medical students and local physicians travel to Peru to provide free medical care to hundreds of residents in a town in the Andes Mountains.
May 2009: 35 medical texts to the A.M. Dogliotti School of Medicine in Monrovia, Liberia, in cooperation with the Institute of International Health.
April 2009: 400 items – including 55 brand-new colorful towels and washcloths – for our drive for Simply Smiles, an organization that provides bright futures for impoverished children in Oaxaca City, Mexico.
March 2009: Nonperishable food items to help the Haslett-Okemos Rotary Club to fill backpacks with food so Lansing elementary school children can eat on the weekends. More than 90% of the kids in these three schools are eligible for free school lunches.
January 2009: 414 items—cat food, dog food and pet toys—for Pet Support in Lansing.
December 2008: For the Angel House in Mason, 414 personal care items for children in crisis, including combs and brushes, toothpaste and toothbrushes, shampoo and conditioner, and body wash.
December 2008: 13 fleece vests, 1 fleece jacket to Sault Ste. Marie/Bay Mills reservation
November 2008: New toys for the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots program, in conjunction with a drive held by MSUCOM Classes of 2012 and 2011.
October 2008: 62 items for disaster relief efforts of the American Red Cross Livingston County
August–September 2008: 618 school-supply items for the Farm of the Child, an orphanage in Honduras, the poorest country in Central America
July 2008: 149 nonperishable food items for the Mid-Michigan Food Bank, run by the American Red Cross, at a time when food supplies were particularly low in our community.
June 2008: Personal care items and snacks to support the work of Open Door Ministry, a downtown Lansing organization which provides support to the homeless, including food, showers, laundry, and a gathering place.
April-May 2008: To support the Liberian Beach Patrol, hundreds of plastic bags and 327 items – including kites, beach toys, Frisbees, and balls – to be used as prizes for children working together to create a safe and clean area in which to play in an impoverished section of war-torn Monrovia. Thanks
February and March 2008: Donations of 327 books to Reading is Fundamental’s book sale. RIF will use the proceeds to provide new children’s books to students in the Lansing area.
January 2008: To support American troops, 141 items – including video games, CDs, phone cards, toiletries and snack – to Soldiers’ Angels.
December 2007: A “second harvest” of 56 food items for the Greater Lansing Food Bank, which provides both meals and groceries to tens of thousands of persons in the capital city area.
November and December 2007: In conjunction with the Classes of 2010 and 2011 and other MSUCOM student organizations, new unwrapped toys to support the Marines’ local Toys for Tots program.
October and November 2007: 308 bath towels, wash clothes and personal care items for St. Vincent Catholic Charities, who support more than 10,000 needy persons each year in the Lansing area.
September 2007: 101 items, including canned goods, biscuit mix and disposable tableware, for the Southside Community Kitchen, which prepares hundreds of free hot meals at Christ United Methodist Church for needy Lansing residents each week
August 2007: 284 Backpacks, packs of pens and pencils, notepaper, notebooks, protractors, compasses and other school supplies for children in Atani-Arochukwu Village, Nigeria, through Dr. Margaret Aguwa’s program
June and July 2007: Twelve bags of paper towels, tissues, toilet paper and ingredients for baking cookies for McRee House, Ingham Regional Medical Center’s home away from home for families of severely ill patients.
May 2007: For Joe and Shirley’s Place, which offers a home for those recovering from alcohol and drug addiction in Lansing, 126 items of household linens, including beautiful sheet sets, comforters and duvets.
April 2007: For those victims of domestic violence housed at MSU Safe Place, 150 household articles and clothing.
March 2007: Pencils, pens, crayons, colored pencils, compasses, coloring books or puzzles supporting the efforts of our students' International Health Project to help Angel Notion, which provides education, medical aid, and opportunities for people of lesser means and special needs in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico.
February 2007: Supported the efforts of MSUCOM students to help those who are patients at the Friendship Clinic for the homeless. Items included socks, hats, gloves, scarves and toiletries.
December 2006 and January 2007: Nearly 300 hats, gloves, mittens, scarves, blankets and quilts – many of them handmade – to support alumna Kathleen Kleinert’s clinic for the poor in Detroit
November 2006: Prison in Harrison, Arkansas - Hundreds of packets of hot chocolate and men’s socks for prisoners
September-October 2006: Hospitals in Sierra Leone and Liberia - Medical texts and supplies
August 2006: Ronald McDonald House, Lansing - 120 grab-'n'-go snacks for families of hospitalized children
July 2006: Christmas in July sponsored by SOMA to support the Greater Lansing Food Bank - More than 160 foodstuffs
June 2006: Soaring Unlimited, Cap Haitian, Haiti - 590 pencils for schoolchildren and more than 1,000 bars of soap for impoverished families.
May 2006: Tutwiler Clinic and Outreach, Tutwiler, Mississippi - 662 items, including medications, office supplies and clothing for alumna Sister Ann Brooks’ clinic and “bargain barn.”
April 2006: Baby Pantry of Owosso - 199 blankets, quilts, diapers, formula, toys, clothing and other baby supplies
March 2006 - Hurricane victim relief: 75 personal care and food items; and MSU Student Food Bank: 205 food and personal care items.
February 2006 - Cristo Rey Community Center, Lansing, Michigan: Nearly 100 personal care items, including shampoo, deodorant and detergent.
January 2006– Baby House #57, Moscow, Russia, sheltering orphans aged 0 to 5 years: 1,076 items including: 381 stuffed animals, 115 other toys, 259 articles of clothing, 182 personal care items, 51 blankets (several hand-made), 20 coats, 5 pairs of shoes, 4 backpacks and 59 diapers!
December 2005 - Support for 17 MSUCOM students traveling to offer assistance to Hurricane Katrina victims; numerous items of food, new clothing, toys, household goods and medical supplies
November 2005 - Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, South Dakota, the poorest county in the United States. 342 items, including 128 pairs of gloves and mittens, 132 hats and 82 warm scarves