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Doris Sutton Memorial Fund for Youth at Crossover

Doris Sutton was a quiet philanthropist, giving generously throughout her lifetime with a passion for helping youth. When she passed away in 2015, a portion of her estate helped to establish the Doris Sutton Memorial Fund for Youth at Crossover.

During her lifetime, Mrs. Sutton was a generous supporter of Crossover Downtown Outreach Ministry in Flint. The organization's mission is to provide free emergency food, clothing, personal care, household items and youth programs to those most in need.

The Fund, established through the Community Foundation, will preserve Doris Sutton's legacy and provide grants for Crossover's youth programs. Character Building Camp, Back to School, and a Winter Coat Program are programs design specifically for youth. In August of 2015, 223 children went back to school with two new outfits, new shoes, a new belt and new backpack filled with school supplies, thanks to Crossover's Back to School program.

"We are blessed and humbled by Mrs. Sutton's faith in our ability to help our neighbors in need," said Craig Leavitt, Executive Director. "We could think of no better way to honor her trust, her memory, and her generosity, than to place her gift in an endowment that will perpetually fund our youth programs."