A child’s foot plunges into the icy water of a Michigan winter’s puddle and is hit with a shock of bitter cold with no boot protects them.
For too many kids this is reality. The Health Alliance Plan’s (HAP) Boots for Kids collection is dedicated to making that a thing of the past for kids in need in the Flint, Saginaw and Bay City areas.
Now in its ninth year, this HAP program aims to collect 1,000 pairs of boots through March 31. Since the program began in 2008, it has kept the feet of 3,000 kids in shelters and community agencies warm and dry throughout the Genesee, Saginaw, Bay, Lapeer and St. Clair Counties during the cold and bitter Michigan winters.
“There are just so many kids in need, it is our pleasure as a local business to support these families,” says Tom Spring, director, wellness and community relations at HAP. “It is our goal to be good neighbors and partners with groups like Priority Children, who donate their time to help the cause. All we need now is the help of other businesses to dig deep to help make this year’s drive a success.”
You can help, too,
If you have some brand new boots you want to donate all you have to do is look for the HAP’s Boots for Kids-branded box at any of the 10 businesses, retailers and churches in the Flint, Saginaw and Bay City areas.
Here are the locations:
Moulthrop Clift Insurance
701 N. Madison
Bay City, MI 48708
Monday to Friday: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Biggby Coffee 235
North Leroy St., Suite A
Fenton, MI 48430
Monday – Saturday: 6 a.m. – 10 p.m.; Sunday: 7 a.m. – 10 p.m.
3093 Linden Rd.
Flint, MI 48507
Monday – Saturday: 6 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Sunday: 7 a.m. – 10 p.m.
G-6235 Corunna Rd., Suite H
Flint, MI 48532
Monday to Thursday: 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Friday: 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Dort Event Center
3501 Lapeer Rd.
Flint, MI 48503
Monday – Friday: 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Saturday-Sunday: 7 a. m – 8 p.m.
Health Alliance Plan
2050 S. Linden Rd. Suite C
Flint, MI 48532
Monday – Thursday: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Saint Mary’s Church
2500 N. Franklin
Flint, MI 48506
Monday – Friday: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Saturday: 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Sunday: 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
1537 E. Hill Rd.
Grand Blanc, MI 48439
Monday – Friday: 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
American Retirement Solutions
Joseph N. Vitale
3546 South Lapeer Rd., Suite D
Metamora, MI 48455
Monday – Friday: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
H & H Tool
3200 John Conley Dr.
Lapeer, MI 48446
Monday – Friday: 8 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Lapeer Area Chamber of Commerce
108 W. Park St.
Lapeer, MI 48446
Monday – Friday: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m
Please watch for new donation stations in the next few weeks. You can find updates by clicking here.
If you don’t have boots to donate, you can still help out. HAP is collecting money to buy boots for the kids.
Monetary donations can be made at www.hap.org/bootsforkids. Checks should be made payable to “Priority Children/HAP’s Boots for Kids.” Priority Children is a 501(c)3 organization that works to improve the quality of life for children and families and acts as the fiduciary for HAP’s Boots for Kids.
“All contributions, including boots and monetary donations, stay in the local community in which they’re made,” Spring says.
HAP also participates in several additional community events, initiatives and organizations such as the HAP Crim Festival of Races, the Flint Famer’s Market, the Crim Fitness Foundation, Priority Children, Whaley Children’s Center and Hurley Medical Center to help improve the well-being of area residents.
For more information or to make a donation, please click here.