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Christmas in Detroit: Charitable Gift Giving

By December 2, 2009

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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?


December 2, 2009 at 12:16 pm
(1) Mark Pischea says:

Yes — check out Christmas in Detroit. A CD of local talent performing original and traditional holiday songs. There are 42 songs — 17 new and the rest from previous holiday CDs. It costs just $20, and all revenue is dedicated to supporting Mitch Albom’s S.A.Y. (Super All Year) Detroit charity to help fund homeless projects in the city. It’s produced by the boys at Harmonie Park, and the talent includes Mitch Albom, Devin Scillian, Jeff Daniels, Mitch Ryder, Stewart Francke and many, many more. It’s a great holiday present, and a wonderful idea for businesses who buy gifts for employees and clients. CDs will also be available after 12/11 at metro-Detroit Tubby’s, National Coney Island and Biggby’s Franchises.

August 26, 2011 at 1:02 am
(2) donate a gift says:

Purchase, donate, and ship much needed items all in one stop! http://www.donateagift.org

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