Local 26 Holiday Giving

The holidays are a time of year when we are more inclined toward giving, especially to those less fortunate than ourselves. Local 26 has “adopted” four foster kids at DA Blodgett for the season, and we’re collecting donations to make their Christmas a little brighter. Foster kids often have nothing of their own, and while we can’t change the world for everyone, we can change it for a few children at a time. Collections were taken at the Lion King and Trans-Siberian Orchestra loadouts, and the Local 26 family did us proud. If you weren’t there or didn’t get a chance, donations can still be made at the Local 26 office (open Monday through Friday 9-2) and at DeVos Place during Farm Bureau (see Jess Westra).

Best part? Local 26 will MATCH the amount of money donated, and the extra funds will go toward buying a new refrigerator for the DeVos Performance Hall scene shop.

Thank you to those who have already given so generously! We truly appreciate your willingness to brighten the lives of children you’ve never met. And if you’re interested in doing something further for DA Blodgett, the details on how to go about it can be found at Holiday Giving.



In the first two days of this endeavor, Local 26 knocked it out of the park! With total donations of something like $400 (and matched by the Local), we were able to sponsor a DOZEN children! And the new DeVos Hall refrigerator will arrive on Friday. Thank you so much for your incredible generosity! Things like this are what make me proud to be a member of Local 26.

Below is the thank you note we received from the DA Blodgett coordinator, who at the last minute had a sponsor pull out and found herself wondering how she was going to make Christmas happen for these kids. Our contributions covered half the kids on her list, providing each one of them with a necessity and something fun to call their own.

Dear IATSE Local 26,
On behalf of the children supported by DA Blodgett we would like thank each of you for making this Christmas one of hope and joy. Your generosity supported 12 boys and girls ages 6 months – 18 years old. Your kindness purchased basic needs (sheets, underwear, etc) as well as toys and books. Many of the children you supported do not have items that belong to them, and your gift will not only stay with them when they move to their next “home” but will surely live on in their hearts forever.

Wishing you a joyful Christmas and New Year,

Amanda Sekelsky
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