The Lansing Mall Shop offers the needy the essentials free of charge

LANSING, Michigan – Shirley Carter-Powell set out to make a difference 22 years ago by founding Against All Odds, an organization that aimed to help cancer patients get the essentials.

That year, Carter-Powell opened Lillian’s in the Lansing Mall. This business supports not only cancer patients, but everyone in need.

“Lillian’s is a business serving the homeless, cancer survivors, the disabled, families in need,” said Carter-Powell. “And what we do is help them with the essential things they do.”

These include clothing for men, women, and children, toiletries, household items, children’s toys, and other miscellaneous items.

Carter-Powell said one of her main inspirations for helping others is her mother Lillian, who gives the store its name.

“She has 10 children and has always told us that there is someone who has fewer than you,” said Carter-Powell. “So if you’re only helping one person, you haven’t lived your life in vain.”

The shop is only open for a limited time on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays by appointment.

Anyone who makes an appointment with Lillian receives a form in which they enter a list of their needs.

If Lillian’s doesn’t have it all on a visit, Carter-Powell said, that isn’t the end of the process.

“It is not finalized and finalized until we have completed everything on your list,” said Carter-Powell.

Against All Odds depends on donations to stock Lillian’s, but they also work with Walmart 360 which allows them to have lots of items never before used.

Anyone interested in making a donation to Against All Odds can visit the organization’s website or contact Carter-Powell by phone at 517-303-1817 or email at [email protected]

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