A Little help for those in need
Pinconning comedian makes a splash adopting a family for the holidays
PINCONNING — Comedian Rob Little may live in Los Angeles now, but that hasn’t stopped him from helping out in his hometown.
The Pinconning native adopted a local family for the holiday through
Little said he visits Pinconning regularly, but was dissatisfied last Christmas when, while visiting his mother, they ended up “doing nothing” the whole time. Little decided to be more active this year.
“This year we’re getting out and doing something,” he said.
For many of us, “doing something” might mean taking a drive or seeing a movie. For Little, it has meant taking a local family under his wing — and taking the Pinconning area by storm.
During a radio interview with WHNN-FM’s Johnny Burke and Blondie in November, Little learned about adopt-a-family programs. His friend Renee Courier, who works with the Bay Area Community Foundation, said she knew a perfect family for him to work with, and he was on board.
Little said he has raised over $2,500 for the family, which has seven members and includes five children. He put a message out to his fan club and began getting donations shortly afterwards, and he said he gave away sets of his DVDs to people who donated over $25.
Local Pinconning businesses helped out as well, he said. Pizza Dude is providing pizzas for the family, Final Touch Hair Designs is giving them free haircuts, and Michael Bergeron from the Pinconning Thrift Store is donating outfits, as is the Cat’s Meow thrift store in Bay City.
In addition, a $1,000 Wal-Mart gift card was donated for groceries for the family, as well as two $100 gas cards and a $100 gift card for Olive Garden, their favorite restaurant. Little said he has spent $700 on Christmas gifts as well.
Little also was able to put the family in contact with the Disability Resource Center in Bay City, as one of the children in the family is disabled. The center donated a hospital bed, a lifter to help him get in and out of bed, a wheelchair and a ramp.
Little had another surprise planned for when he visited the family on Friday, Dec. 23.
“None of the kids had ever seen a movie, so I’m going to take them to see one in the afternoon,” Little said.
In addition to everything else, Little did a little bit more for the city — he donated $1,000 and his own time at the Pinconning Food Pantry at the United Methodist Church with his mother, and helped out at the Boys & Girls Club of Pinconning.
Little’s experience with adopting a family this year has led him to purchase a website he titled “Rob Little’s Adopt a Family,” which he hopes to build himself over the next few weeks using his experience as a web developer.
He said he plans on telling all about his adopted family, listing and thanking the people who donated and helped out, and putting up a few photos. Additionally, he hopes to have information and applications available to people interested in adopting a family as well, which he plans to pass along to the appropriate parties.
“I wish I’d known about this sooner,” Little said. “This is fun!”