Local Couple Starts “Inspire” Gift Basket Program to Thank Essential Workers

Port Huron, MI — A local outreach program, “Inspire”, is providing baskets of snacks to essential workers while also providing some inspiration to the organizers.

Joe and Jean Sabo, new to Port Huron, spearheaded a mission to recognize and thank those who are keeping things going in their new community in the midst of the pandemic. Jean Sabo said the idea started with her granddaughters suggesting they take donuts to the fire station. The idea grew into the Blessing Baskets, a collaboration with their pastor and fellow members of The Cornerstone Church in Clyde.

The Sabos have taken the baskets to eight local fire stations as well as several public schools. The idea has become so popular and well-supported that they are expanding to local high schools this month and to EMS and Dispatch stations in December.

Sabo said that “2020 can be a discouraging, chaotic time and we could all use some encouragement”. As often happens, the blessing was returned to the organizers. Sabo was herself inspired when “something so small turned into something so exciting.”

Donations of pre-packaged single serving non-perishable snacks, as well as cash donations are being accepted to help the “Inspire” team expand their work. Contact The Cornerstone Church at (810) 982-8720 to donate.

Reporting for WGRT – Jennie McClelland