The holiday season is a time for giving.

And a week before Christmas, the Saginaw County Community Mental Health Authority helped to make the holidays a little easier for some local families.

Back in 2022, DaVita Kidney Care reached out to SCCMHA to adopt a family for the holiday season, donating household items and personal hygiene products to a family in need.

Mental Health Supervisor Nancy Johnson remembers the reception they got from that family.

“When we were dropping everything off, they were cheering and clapping over what we had brought,” Johnson said. “They were so happy to be able to have those items.”

Due to the response received from that one family, SCCMHA partnered with DaVita and the Michigan State Police to help multiple families for this holiday season.

Working with the two agencies, SCCMHA reached out to their staff to collect items and packed totes full for 12 different families in the Saginaw area.

In addition to the household items, the families also received a Kroger gift card, gas cards, hats, gloves and blankets.

For Johnson, this was a blessing to be able to assist with some families’ needs.

“Sometimes we forget, there are people who are more affected by major financial events and can’t afford to spend money on these essential household items,” she said. “It’s great to be able to donate these items to those families, so they can use their income for the more important things.”

Johnson says SCCMHA is hoping to hold a similar donation in 2024.