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Posted on: December 19, 2016

Podcast focuses on Santa's Magic Forest with Downriver Fish and Loaves Food Pantry Director

This week’s City of Taylor Podcast, “Coffee with Mayor Rick Sollars,” focuses on the upcoming Santa’s Magic Forest. Downriver’s premier Christmas display is featured at the Activities Building in Heritage Park from Thanksgiving weekend through Christmas.

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Santa’s Magic Forest is the largest fundraising activity of the Downriver Fish & Loaves Food Pantry. Fish & Loaves serves the hungry in Taylor and six surrounding communities including Allen Park, Brownstown, Dearborn Heights, Romulus, Southgate and Woodhaven. It has become the largest client choice food pantry in the state, distributing more than 1.6 million pounds of food annually.

Santa's Magic Forest will kick off on November 26 with the Taylor Winter Festival, which will feature a parade, the City's annual Christmas tree lighting at the Sheridan Center Open Air Pavilion and -- for the first time -- a fireworks display!

Mary Hollens, the new director of Fish & Loaves Community Food Pantry, visits this week’s podcast and discusses not only Santa’s Magic Forest, but the organization as well. Hollens has an extensive background working with non-profit organizations.

Hollens began work with the organization in the summer, replacing retired director Karen Salomone. Other than the director, Fish & Loaves is an all-volunteer organization, staffed by more than 300 men and women.

Hollens was previously Vice President for Development for Mentoring in Medicine, Inc., a STEM education organization; Senior Director of Development and Alumni Affairs at Wayne State University in the College of Nursing; and worked in a similar capacity with the Wayne State University Law School on development funding for the Damon J. Keith Center for Civil Rights.

Hollens has also served on the White House Committee for Historically Black Colleges Sponsored Research Programs. In addition, she is a Board member for the Junior League of Detroit, where she has volunteered with Project EAT, committed to lessening food insecurity across Metro Detroit.








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