Warming the Hearth of Others

The Dorn family is a Cass Corridor institution. They have lived in the neighborhood for over 40 years, raising children (including non-biological kin), keeping the faith and generally raising the happiness bar wherever they go.

Pat and Fran were two of our first customers. They got stuck on Scallion Dill bread and never looked back. Deemed "the mayor of the Cass Corridor" Pat's unwavering commitment to keeping our neighborhood accessible has resulted in the successful Cass Corridor Neighborhood Development Corporation's low and moderate-income housing developments.

So it is no surprise that Jessica, part of the Dorn clan, has been an Avalon customer for a greater percentage of her life than anyone else we know. In fact, Jessica has been at every Avalon Holiday Cookie Decorating Party since the first in 1997, when she came in Grandma Fran's arms. Since then, she has waddled in as a toddler, came with wide eyes as a pre-schooler and quietly decorated cookies while a student at Detroit Public Schools. Last Sunday, as a high school freshman, Jessica helped the younger children at her fifteenth cookie decorating party. We share her family's pride in her growth.

Baby Jessica

We've grown too. Since Jessica was a baby, Avalon has gone from 4 to 45 employees, from 100 to 1000 customers per day and from the "new kid" on the block, to one of the elder businesses watching in amazement as dozens of new enterprises sprout up around us. As the frenzy of our busiest holiday season ever (thank you avalonbreads.net!) begins to calm down, we are mindful of both the blessings in our wonderful community as well as the growing needs of many.

Jessica and her niece Maya-a newer Cass Corridor resident

For every Jessica, there is a girl who lacks the support of healthy family and community. We invite you to join us again this year in supporting Alternatives For Girls, one of the many worthy organizations in Detroit that serves women and girls in need. While you count your blessings tonight, amidst the comfort of your loved ones (and hopefully Avalon stollen!), please make a tax-deductible contribution to Alternatives for Girls. At www.alternativesforgirls.org or by mail to: AFG, 903 West Grand Boulevard, Detroit, MI 48208-2365 .

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We thank you for your support and wish you Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year.

Eat Well, Do Good.

Ann and Jackie

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