Mittens for Detroit Launches Fourth Year of Collection Efforts to Warm Hands and Hearts of Detroiters

DETROIT— Mittens for Detroit (MfD), a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, launched its fourth year of collection efforts to provide new mittens and gloves to Detroit children and adults in need this winter.  Collection efforts will run November 1, 2013 to February 28, 2014.

To kick off the new season, MfD is partnering with Detroit Public Schools and will deliver 6,200 new texting gloves to reward students in the 11th and 12th grade for staying in school. The donation, which has a retail value at $62,000, was made possible through the financial support of Live Nation as well as Equality for a Cause. The deliveries, which will take place at various DPS locations on Friday, November 1st, will be made by MfD Founder, Erin Cummings along with MfD volunteers.

“As we enter our fourth season of Mittens for Detroit, I continue to be overwhelmingly inspired at what started as a short-term community initiative into the full-fledged non-profit organization that it is today,” said Cummings. “We are so pleased to continue the mission we started here in Detroit and are especially excited about our expanded partnership with DPS. Our thanks to our kick off partners, Live Nation and Equality for a Cause, which made our DPS gift possible.”

“We are extremely grateful to partners like Mittens for Detroit who are working with Detroit Public Schools not only to offer assistance to our students in need but also to reward our students for staying in school to better their future,” said Superintendent of Academics Karen Ridgeway.

MfD was founded in 2010 by actress Erin Cummings, who had relocated to the Detroit area for her role as Dr. Abbey Ward on Detroit 1-8-7.  Over the past three years, MfD has collected more than 40,000 new pairs of gloves and mittens, and distributed them to residents in need through 12 Detroit-based non-profit partners, including COTS, Covenant House of Michigan and the Michigan Veterans Foundation.  A complete listing of charity partners can be found at mittensfordetroit.org/charities/.

To support MfD this season, groups and individuals are encouraged to donate several ways:

  • Drop new pairs of gloves and mittens for children and adults at one of the 100 MfD drop box locations conveniently located throughout metro Detroit, including at all local Weight Watchers, Just Baked and ACO Hardware stores.  For a full listing of drop box locations, visit www.MittensforDetroit.org/locations/.
  • Make a financial contribution allowing MfD to purchase new gloves and mittens through its product partner, Broner Hat and Glove Company. Donate online at www.MittensforDetroit.org.

About Mittens for Detroit

Mittens for Detroit is a community initiative whose sole purpose is to collect and distribute new, unused gloves and mittens to those in need – both children and adults – in Detroit. Created and launched on Nov. 1, 2010 by actress Erin Cummings, MfD is a nonprofit, 501c3 charity which is fiscally sponsored by the North Woodward Community foundation, a publicly supported, non-profit, tax-exempt charitable organization. For more information about how to get involved, please visit www.mittensfordetroit.org or call 248-252-1687.

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