Friday, Oct. 23

Join Us for 'Trunk or Treat!'
Though it has been a stressful year, we at Spaulding for Children are thrilled that we can still provide our families fun and safe ways to celebrate the holidays. The children deserve it!

So, on Friday, Oct. 23 we will host our first Drive-Through Trunk or Treat. 

Families interested in attending must RSVP by calling (248) 443-0300, ext. 235, by 12 noon on Thursday, Oct. 22.
Those who call to attend: Please provide your family name and the number of children and adults coming with you.

Trunk or Treat is Friday, Oct. 23 from 6-8 p.m. in our office lot, located in the rear of the building at 16250 Northland Drive, Southfield, Mich.
Read Together

StoryTime on Sundays
It’s great to see so many people are tuning in each Sunday at 7 p.m. to join Miss Katie as she does her live readings each Sunday night via Facebook.

Each month, we select someone who has shared and tagged Spaulding in their Facebook post. Entries are pooled and one winner selected who receives the books read that month.

In September, Holly Baniszewski-Couture, was our winner. Ms. Baniszewski-Couture donated her winning collection to the children Spaulding serves.

Congratulations, Holly! Thank you! 

"Thank you so much!" Ms. Baniszewski-Couture wrote us on getting the happy news. "We will continue to share and thank you for all the amazing work you guys do! Good luck with your Trunk or Treat!"

This October, the books are Halloween-themed. And there is still a chance to enter and win when you Share and Tag us. So share with all of your family and friends and maybe they will be our October winner.

On Sunday, Oct. 25, Miss Katie reads The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything.

StoryTime November Selections

-- Plus a Special Request --
Share the post and tag us in October, and you can win the complete set of November books. The five selections are themed around voting and thankfulness.
  • 11/1 – One Vote, Two Votes, I Vote, You Vote
  • 11/8 – I am Thankful: A Thanksgiving Book for Kids
  • 11/15 – Peyton Picks the Perfect Pie
  • 11/22 – A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving
  • 11/29 – The Polar Express
We are also looking for booklovers to help us buy books for our monthly contest. Please contact us at if you would like to help.
How You Can Help a Family

Celebrate the Holidays
This year we have several ways you can help all the families we serve have a great holiday season.

Community of Caring
Sponsor a child and purchase gifts for them or provide donations so we can. With your help, we will provide holiday gifts for 300 children.

Included are all of our foster youth, as well as the Wendy’s Wonderful Kids and the families served by our Prevention services. They will receive a gift comprised of winter clothing, a coat or boots, and a toy or fun game.

Each child provides us with their specific requests and appropriate clothes sizing. We will match up individual children with a supporter and provide complete details once you have confirmed participation.

We ask that the gifts be dropped off at our offices on or before  Friday, Dec. 4. To participate in the program and get details on what to buy for your child, please email
 Or you can purchase items from Amazon, click here to add to a child’s gifts

You can also donate any amount online at or mail a contribution to 16250 Northland Drive, Suite 120 Southfield, MI 48075. Please indicate “Community of Caring” on your donation.

Drive-Through Holiday Party
As our familiar world takes a different aspect during each season of COVID, Spaulding will adapt. Spaulding will host its first “Drive Through Holiday Party” on Dec 18.  You or your company can be one of the sponsors for this innovative party.

At the Holiday Drive Through Party for 300 people, we will give every child a book, puzzle and a board game. You can also purchase a book, board game, or puzzle from this list on Amazon (click here). We will have boxes of pizza or gift cards from pizzerias to give to the families, as well.

Sponsorships are:
  • Friend                     -    $ 500
  • Pizza                      -     $700
  • Special Friend        -  $1,000
  • Books                     -  $2,500
  • Games                    -  $3,000
  • Puzzles                   -  $3,000
(If you cannot sponsor, but want to be a part of this party, feel free to send whatever your heart desires. Our families will surely appreciate it!)

Holiday Gift Bag
We also appreciate those who sponsor one of the Gift Bags that are delivered to our families. And what says, "Home for the Holidays" more than baking with your family? 

Spaulding will be delivering a gift bag full of baking goodies for every family we serve one week before the holidays. The Baking Gift Bags will have a variety of items such as cookie sheets, spatulas, muffin tins, whisks, measuring cups and spoons, dish clothes and towels, pot holders, as well as cake, cookie and brownie mixes along with frosting.

You can visit our Holiday Gift Bag Wish List on Amazon by clicking here.

Most Importantly
Thank you all for your continued support of Spaulding for Children. With your help, our special holiday programs will make a positive difference in the lives of children. Together, we help build stronger families, the basis for building stronger communities.
Vote Tuesday, Nov. 3 -- or Before
Every vote matters. And this year, there are more ways to cast a ballot safely.

Make a plan to vote in advance, or on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 3. Don’t assume your polling place is the same as the last time you voted, because some schools and polling places are closed due to COVID.

Get important information online. To visit the
Michigan Secretary of State online, click here.

The Michigan Secretary of State voting website will guide you with answers to:
  • Am I registered?
  • What's on the ballot?
  • Where is my polling place?
  • Where are my ballot drop boxes?
October 25-31 is...

Lead Poisoning Awareness Week
Did You Know?
  • Lead poisoning in children 6 and under can cause lifetime effects to multiple systems and because it often occurs with no obvious symptoms, is frequently unrecognized.
  • Partially due to an aged housing stock, Detroit is home to nine of the top 11 ZIP codes in the state for the highest rates of elevated blood level in tested children under the age of 6.
  • As a result of COVID, missed check-ups and testing, Detroit children are seriously at risk due of delayed diagnosis and treatment.
Lead can be found inside and outside the home, including in the water that travels through lead pipes or in the soil around the house. However, the most common source of exposure is from lead-based paint, which was used in many homes built before 1978.

Adults and children can get lead into their bodies by breathing in the lead dust (especially during activities such as renovations, repairs or painting) or by swallowing lead dust that settles in food, food preparation surfaces, floors, window sills, and other places, or eating paint chips or soil that contain lead.

For more information on the services available to help families including how to get tested, please visit
National Training & Development Curriculum

For Foster and Adoptive Parents
“The materials provided are great and informative information. The self-assessment and pre-work questions give participants an opportunity to consider obstacles, challenges, and behavior that we didn't think about prior to the training.” - BA

“Attending the Adoption class has taught me new ways to view the parent and child relationship. I have been a parent for 15 years so I thought that I had a greater perspective on interacting with children and being the parent that they needed but I did not think about the different types of personalities and backgrounds that another child might have that I have never seen before. I learned that I have an understanding of my child and her personality. - JC 

For more comments, click here (PDF).

Change a child's life, become a foster parent!

Click to learn more.


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