By Ralph Echtinaw
The Gratiot Community Personal Needs Pantry has come up with a great way to prank a friend and donate to a good cause.
For a $10 contribution you can have a dozen plastic flamingos placed in a friend’s yard for 24 hours. For $20 the flock increases to 25 faux birds, and for $30 you get 50 flamingos.
“It is a good way for us to make some money to support the pantry long term,” said administrative assistant
Kaittye Oberski via email. “And it is a good way to get our name out there in front of people and have them talking!”
The pantry is a wholly owned subsidiary of St. Louis First United Methodist Church. Hours are 12-1:30 p.m. and 5-6:30 p.m. Thursdays.
The pantry is staffed by volunteers and overseen by seven ladies from the church.
The function of the pantry is to provide a supplemental amount of personal needs items to Gratiot County residents. There is no income requirement, but you must prove you live in Gratiot County to receive assistance.
Items available include shampoo, conditioner, laundry soap, body soap, hand soap, deodorant, toothbrushes, toilet paper, paper towels, sanitary pads, tampons and incontinence items.
The pantry is partially funded by grants received from the Gratiot Community Foundation, the church and Mid-Michigan Ministerial Association support and individual donations.