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Thank You from (and to) the Davies Project

M3 Group recently held a book drive to benefit the Davies Project, which offers rides for families with children who have special health needs. These free rides mean fewer missed appointments and healthier kids.

In fact, according to the Davies Project, “In Greater Lansing, where 70 percent of the children who rely on the local subspecialty clinics are on Medicaid, poor transportation options contribute to a 64 percent missed appointment rate for children with serious illnesses.”

The Davies Project also extends these rides to pregnant women and for parents with a baby in the neonatal intensive care unit if no car is available.

When we told the Davies Project about our staff sponsoring a charitable venture for the holidays and asked what they needed, we were presented with the idea of books for the children. Our staff brought in new or very gently used books, and we received some support from the general public as well.

In all, M3 Group donated nearly 100 books to the Davies Project, and the gratitude from the staff there was heartwarming.

Officials from the Davies Project told us about Mary Jane, a 4-year old with leukemia who needed to start treatment right away. It was critical for Mary Jane to keep her appointments on schedule. Her grandmother wrote to the Davies Project to share her wonderful experience with the volunteer drivers who were professional and friendly.

Those stories are heard frequently when it comes to the Davies Project, as they provide a gift that has a priceless value.

“Thank you for providing more than just a ride for Mary Jane and her grandma,” said Pam Miklavcic, founder and executive director of the Davies Project “Thank you for driving change for the 250 children and families that are healthier and a little less anxious.”

But we thank YOU Davies Project, for serving the needs to so many families. Yours is the gift that should be recognized.

M3 Group’s holiday giving kick off – how you can help

Each year, M3 Group staff collectively decides one place where we’d like to focus our attention for the holidays

In the past, we’ve taken care of Christmas wish lists for families. Last year, we concentrated our efforts on the forgotten population: seniors living in assisted and memory care units.

This year, we are proud to announce that we’re working in conjunction with the Davies Project to provide books for children.

The Davies Project provides free, round-trip rides to medical appointments for children facing serious health care challenges. But they are more than just a ride; volunteer drivers have a passion for their job. They provide friendly faces, a sounding board or just light conversation – whatever the passenger is comfortable with, as they are transported to their appointments.

Our goal? To provide books for the drivers to give to the children. One book in particular helps children/patients to manage stress. The book is a special request by the Davies Project and it’s called Angry Octopus: An Anger Management Story Introducing Active Progressive Muscular Relaxation and Deep Breathing by Lori Lite.

Our staff will be donating many books, but we’re opening the giving up to the public as well so that we can get as many books as possible!

For the next three weeks, we’ll serve as a drop-off point for book donations. Feel free to bring the book to our location at 221 W. Saginaw St. in Lansing, at the corner of Seymour and Saginaw streets. Our office is open for drop-offs weekdays between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. No time to find the book or order one? You may drop off a cash donation that will be used toward “Angry Octopus” and we’ll order for you. Questions? Just ask.

May the spirit of giving be with you this holiday season!