The temperatures outside are dropping and soon enough the snow will be falling. For many families, this means bundling up the kids for sledding, snowball fights and other fun outdoor activities. When Old Man Winter is really bearing down, a heavy coat, gloves and hat are a must. But for some families, right here in the Metro Detroit Area, the falling temperatures raise the very real concern of being able to attain proper cold weather attire.
Enter amazing organizations such as Coats for Kids, Operation Warm and Mittens for Detroit. Coats for Kids started in Virginia back in 2004 and quickly caught on in other states, including Michigan. Since then, they have distributed more than 38,000 coats to children in need and are now part of a bigger organization, Operation Warm. Operation Warm is a nationwide foundation that shares the same commitment to keeping individuals warm each and every winter. Last year, Coats for Kids and Operation Warm reached over 225,000 children throughout the country.
Mittens for Detroit was started by Detroit 187 star, Erin Cummings, in 2010. The mission of Mittens for Detroit is to collect and distribute new and unused gloves and mittens to those in need around the city of Detroit. In the past 2 years, they have distributed over 20,000 pairs to adults and children in Metro Detroit.
It is not easy to think of an adult or child out in the freezing Michigan weather without a coat or gloves. By working together, we can make sure that no one is cold this winter. Even if you don’t go through one of the aforementioned charities, keep a close watch in your neighborhood. It is not unusual to see drop boxes or establishments collecting coats, gloves and hats for donation.