Filling Needs Through Donations (April 2020)
As the International COVID-19 pandemic rapidly unfolded in Metro Detroit, Grosse Pointe Financial’s Andy Spearman began making calls to determine how best to help out in the region. After consulting with several doctors and nurses in Detroit, Spearman learned that the shortage of personal protective equipment was an urgent need.
“Early on, it was immediately clear that in addition to doing my part and staying home, our region was in desperate need of PPE and I wanted to help,” Spearman said.
Spearman did a search of his own supply of materials in his home and was able to locate several masks from his past home renovation projects. He quickly donated the masks to local hospitals, but he wanted to do more.
“Through a personal connection, I was able to secure a shipment of masks at a time when there weren’t any available,” he said. Spearman contacted a health care client and was able to immediately deliver the masks into the hands of those who needed them the most. The distribution continued as he was contacted by another client who indicated nursing homes were also in need of PPE.
“Again, it helped to fill a gap while more PPE became available. I was happy to be able to help, and feel fortunate to have been in a position to supply something that was needed in such a significant capacity.”
Spreading Hope During the Holidays with Volunteers of America (January 2020)
Several years ago, Grosse Pointe Financial’s Andy Spearman reached out to Volunteers of America to inquire about helping a family in the Detroit area during the holiday season. As part of his commitment to the community, Spearman wanted to help his neighbors who are in need of assistance through what is supposed to be a joyful time. From this request was born his annual tradition of “adopting a family” for the holidays.
Each year, Spearman and his family review the profiles of local families who have fallen on hard times and select and shop for their holiday wish list. They also wrap and personally deliver the items to their adopted family. Spearman involves his own children to demonstrate the importance of community and helping those who have asked. “Asking for help is not always easy,” Spearman said.
This past holiday season, Spearman read the profile of a retired veteran, a mother of two, who needed help in order to provide for her children over the holidays. The outreach was successful as they were able to supply with family with their “wishes” and support the community at the same time. They plan to continue this annual tradition into the new year, in addition to their other charitable initiatives.