It may be the thought that counts, but some gifts have more thought behind them than others. There are many Detroit families in need of a little assistance to have a Merry Christmas this year. If you want to help, here are a few ideas:
- Athletes Adopting Families for the Holiday is a fundraising event aimed at improving the Christmas of 50 families across the metro area. As the name implies, notable Detroit athletes will be on hand offering items in a silent auction and signing autographs. General admission is $65. If you can't make the December 15th event in Novi, you can also adopt a family outright through Volunteers of America Michigan.
- The Archdiocese of Detroit has an Adopt a Family for Christmas program aimed at helping local families with basic needs, including food, rent and utilities.
- Matrix Human Services has several programs this holiday season. In addition to a winter clothing drive, the organization sponsors the Angel Tree Holiday Program through which donors can buy and provide gifts to individuals and/or families in need.
- Last but not least, the Marine Toys-for-Tots program continues to connect toys with, well, tots for the holiday season. You can either drop off a toy at one of several locations throughout the Metro-Detroit area or attend a fundraising event. The 7 Million Jigawatts and Kevin Roney will be on hand at the Hard Rock Cafe in downtown Detroit on December 10th. Admission is either a new, unwrapped gift or a $5 donation. Alternatively, the Oakland County Sportsmen's Club is sponsoring an event that will feature two stages of live music on December 6th. Again, admission is either a new, unwrapped gift or a $10 donation.
Know of any more?