This is one of those exceptional times when I feel so proud to be a resident of the Grosse Pointes.
As was so thoroughly covered by the Grosse Pointe News, the Children’s Home of Detroit had been faced with a substantial water bill of almost $20,000 for a two-month period in the summer of 2002. The reason for such a tremendous spike and subsequent return to normal cannot be identified. Our recent appeal of the bill to the Grosse Pointe Woods City Council was unsuccessful.
A letter to the editor, “Send contributions to CHD” (Grosse Pointe News, Feb. 26), suggesting that residents contribute to the Children’s Home to offset this large bill appeared the same day as the article describing our problem. This kind gesture by the letter writer has resulted in contributions exceeding $2,500 to date.
University Liggett School held a fund raiser whereby students could dress casually for a contribution to CHD. Their gifts were supplemented by contributions from staff and parents. Headmaster Matthew Hanley delivered a box full of coins, bills and checks exceeding $1,900 as well as a hand-drawn card from a child wishing us well.
I want to thank the Grosse Pointe Woods City Council for carefully and compassionately deliberating our appeal, City Administrator Ted Bidigare for his sensitivity in working out a payment plan and the residents of the Grosse Pointes for caring enough about their neighbor to come to our assistance.
And, to the children, staff and parents of University Liggett School I offer this heartfelt expression of thanks for being such a good neighbor.