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We believe that children in foster care deserve dignity, respect, and unconditional support. How ever you can help, we are forever grateful.

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Shop on line at Amazon

Help out in our warehouse

Help out in our Christmas room

Host a Drive/Fundraiser

we will need help with gathering up and assembling baskets for our September golf outing  

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“Aging Out” program

Aging Out – for young adults aging out of foster care between the ages of 17 and 23.

We provide all new items –

  • for a college dorm – pillows, bedding including mattress pad, pillows, (sheets, comforter, blanket), bath towels, bath mat, waste basket, laundry basket, dish set service for two to four, flatware, cutlery, toaster, coffee maker, cookbook, kitchen towels, shower curtain, backpack with school supplies, desk lamp, large locking storage bin, food storage containers, cleaning supplies, hygiene items, etc. We always ask about favorite colors or special requests.

  • for a house or an apartment – bedding including mattress pads, pillows, sheets (2 sets) comforter. Laundry basket, bathroom towel sets with rug or bathmat, kitchen towels, waste basket, dish set for four, cutlery, flatware, bakeware, hand mixer, pots and pans (whole set), toaster, coffee maker, small appliance based on our stock (waffle iron, crock pot, Instapot, air fryer, popcorn maker, etc.) cooking utensils, cookbook, food storage containers, desk lamp, alarm clock, cleaning supplies.  We always ask about favorite colors or special requests.

How to Donate

Donations are accepted at our warehouse from 10 am to 2 pm Monday through Thursday or by appointment.  Contact us at 586-415-6968.  Thank you.

Aging Out Request Form for Agencies

Please note, we make every effort to fill specific requests, but all requests are based on availability. We do NOT have furniture or large appliances.

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Help out in our Christmas room

It is time to start preparing for Christmas! We are expecting a higher demand this year

Our Christmas room is open all year around​, come and take a tour.  Items we are in need of are:

  • Coloring Books & Crayons 
  • Teen/Adult Coloring Books and Art Crafts
  • Level 1, 2 & 3 Reading Books
  • Young Men & Women toiletries (body wash, shampoo, makeup, nail polish, etc)
  • Dolls 
  • Footballs & Basketballs
  • Board Games
  • Educational Toys & Games

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In Kind Donations

School Supplies

Backpacks, Pens, Colored Pencils, Highlighters, Erasers, Rulers, Glue Sticks, Markers, Crayons, Composition Books, Notebooks, Computer Paper, Lined Filler Paper College Rule, Mechanical Pencils, Index Cards and such.

Birthday in a Bag Parties

Birthdays in a Bag is our original program started by our founder, Jeanne Fowler. As a kid, she never had a birthday party.  So 20 years ago, in 2002, she decided to prepare a bag full of stuff for a party.  Each bag comes with invitations, cake mix and frosting, paper products, plastic ware, candles, balloons, party favors, tablecloth, and a special gift for the birthday child. Donations needed for this program include  cake mixes, frosting, plates, napkins, plastic cups/ware, candles, tablecloths, party favors, balloons, and streamers

Speaking Engagements

Big Family representatives are always happy and excited to talk about foster children and how we serve them.  We will speak to college/school classes, church groups, exchange clubs, social workers and law enforcement, and foster parents on child abuse through the eyes of a child. Contact our President for details and availability via email or a call: Sharon McCaughrin, [email protected] or call (586) 415-6968.

Christmas Support

We support over 1700 foster children each Christmas and we always need clothing, games, dolls, toys, stuffed animals, blankets, baby toys, etc. Please see our Amazon wish list for more ideas and information.  Or, check out the latest needs noted further down the page on the right!

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Host a drive

Host a drive at work, church or in your neighborhood.  It is a fun way to bring together family, friends and community to help out others.  Below are several options for drives. Please feel free to make a suggestion of your own.

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Amazon Smile

Our Amazon Smile account has been updated including the Wish Lists.

What is AmazonSmile?

AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support your favorite charitable organization every time you shop, at no cost to you. When you shop at amazonsmile.com, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as Amazon.com, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to your favorite charitable organization. You can choose from nearly one million organizations to support.

Go to amazonsmile.com, click on your profile and add Big Family of Michigan as your Supporting Charity!  Or click this link:  https://a.co/9kcm93g  

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Volunteer and Donate In-Kind for Programs

Volunteer Opportunities

  • Host one of our themed monthly drives to support the Big Family of Michigan mission (see Host a Drive drop down)

  • Organize your church, company, social group, friends, and family to hold an event that benefits Big Family of Michigan.

  • Attend Big Family events throughout the year (check the calendar, newsletter and Facebook for upcoming events)

  • Assist in the office at the warehouse with your computer skills when needed.

  • Be an elf during the holiday season – shopping, wrapping, and delivering.

  • Identify groups that may need to be the recipients of Big Family drives for school supplies, holiday gifts, etc.

Donate to Programs

  • School Supplies – ink pens, spiral notebooks in college rule, highlighters, glue sticks, rulers, mechanical pencils, filler paper in college rule, color pencils and markers, safety scissors, 1-inch binders, pocket folders, pocket calculators and more!

  • Aging Out – all new items only please, pots and pans, dish towels, blankets, bedding, bath towels, toasters, coffee makers, bakeware, utensils, dishes, flatware, cutlery, rugs, waste baskets, table lamps, mattress pads and pillows, cleaning supplies, paper goods, small appliances, comforters, rugs, and more.  Call Judy W. for immediate needs at 586.415.6968.

  • For Christmas – all new items only please, clothing for infants, toddlers, kids and teens, boots for all ages, toys, games art supplies, personal grooming items, puzzles, crafts, jewelry, fashion scarves, nail products, eye make-up, skin care, fragrance for men and women, razors and shaving items, and more.  

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