The first truck delivery to help Michigan families in critical need was distributed to 400 families of Orchards Children’s Services in Flint this morning starting at 10 a.m.

The money was raised by the 2009 Pistons Care Telethon in support of Feed The Children (FTC).

“For more than 46 years Orchards Children’s Services has remained committed to its mission of strengthening the community through programs and services. As a native of Flint and a leader of the organization providing services in this community we are excited to be a part of the city’s revival,” says CEO of Orchards, Michael Williams.

“With the support of the Pistons, Fathead and Rock Financial we are truly able to have a direct positive impact on Flint families by supplying them with needed food and valuable personal care items. This is truly a collaborative initiative and Orchards is blessed to be part of this outstanding effort in the city of Flint.”

Volunteers from Rock Financial and Fathead including Fathead CEO, Patrick McInnis and the Mayor of Flint, Michael K. Brown, will be on hand to help distribute free food and personal care items to pre-identified needy and foster families of Orchards Children’s Services. Each family is receiving a 25 pound box of food and a box of personal care items.

“It’s a great feeling to come back home to Flint and lend a hand to those who could use some help,” McInnis said. “I know I speak for all Rock Financial and Fathead team members in saying we are very proud to have been involved in helping so many families right here in Michigan.”

The funding for the food and supplies came from the Pistons Care Telethon, which culminated in a 17-hour telethon day and telecast of the team’s game on March 11, raised more than $450,000 in pledges to benefit FTC, with proceeds going to families in critical need of food and basic necessities throughout the state of Michigan.

Proceeds were raised with the help from fans, schools, churches, businesses, Pistons Care Telethon sponsors, Palace Sports and Entertainment employees and the generous support of the media. Fathead and Rock Financial supported the telethon with enough money to stock two trucks with enough food and supplies to feed 800 families. Truck deliveries will take place through December 2009 feeding and helping to sustain over 25,000 families across the state.

Orchards Children’s Services is located at 225 East 5th Street, Flint, MI 48502. Orchards can be reached at (810) 239-3264.

Feed The Children was founded in 1979 by Larry and Frances Jones and is consistently ranked as one of the 10 largest international charities in the U.S., based on private, non-government support.

Feed The Children is a Christian, international, nonprofit relief organization with headquarters in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, that delivers food, medicine, clothing and other necessities to individuals, children and families who lack these essentials due to famine, war, poverty or natural disasters.

In FY 2007, Feed The Children distributed more than 135 million pounds of food and other essentials to children and their families in all 50 states and internationally, supplementing almost 800,000 meals each day. Since its founding, the organization has reached out to help those in need in 118 countries around the globe. For more information, please visit


Jamie Favreau said...

The Pistons foundation does great things and this idea of a telethon every year is an additional thing that makes the Palace Family stand out amongst other sports in this town. They are always trying to set themselves apart and it is great to be helping the HOMETOWN team because we all need good news and help in these terrible times.

Brandon said...

It's great that an organization is focusing on Flint. There are a lot of kids there that don't get much attention and it's a city that needs some love. Nice job, Pistons!

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