Mittens for Detroit Launches Fifth Year of

Warming Hands and Hearts of Detroiters


DETROIT, MI (October 1, 2014) — Today, Mittens for Detroit (MFD) launches its fifth year of providing new mittens and gloves to Detroit children and adults in need this winter. The collection season runs from October 1, 2014 through January 31, 2015. Last year’s collection provided 17,500 new pairs.

“The successful launch of our fifth season of Mittens for Detroit is one of many examples of the Detroit spirit of giving,” said Erin Cummings, actress and founder of Mittens for Detroit. “What started as a simple community initiative has inspired thousands of people to help provide the most basic need we have in our harsh winters – warmth. With the support of companies and organizations like Starbucks, Chrysler, American Coney Island, and the Detroit Tigers, amongst others, we are confident that we’ll be able to provide support to even more charity partners and schools this winter.”

MFD was founded in 2010 by actress Erin Cummings (Spartacus: Blood & Sand, Mad Men, Masters of Sex, the upcoming ABC series Astronaut Wives Club, and many more) while she lived in Metro Detroit while working on Detroit 1-8-7. In its first four years, MFD collected and purchased more than 55,000 new pairs of mittens and gloves, distributing them to 13 Detroit-based partner agencies, including Alternative for Girls, The Children’s Center of Wayne County, COTS, Covenant House of Michigan, and the Michigan Veterans Foundation. A complete listing of charity partners can be found at Each year, several special projects are chosen – this year they include Detroit Public Schools Homeless Program, Capuchin Soup Kitchen, and Operation Get Down.

The largest public collection partner for the second consecutive year is Starbucks, with boxes in nearly 90 stores around the state. The largest private collection partner this year is Chrysler Group, collecting in 11 manufacturing plants across Metro Detroit and at the Chrysler Group World Headquarters in Auburn Hills.

“The employees at Chrysler know how fortunate they are to have good paying jobs that allow them to heat their homes and provide warm clothing for their families during Michigan’s cold winters. But we also know that not everyone is in a similar position,” said Mauro Pino, Vice President – NAFTA Manufacturing, Chrysler Group LLC. “That’s why we’re so pleased to partner with Mittens for Detroit to warm both hands and hearts this season. There are no more generous people in this community than Chrysler employees and together we will ensure that thousands of our neighbors get the new pair of winter gloves they deserve.”

“The involvement of corporations like Starbucks and Chrysler not only brings in many, many pairs,” said Wendy Shepherd, MFD Executive Director, “it also helps to create awareness of the cold weather needs of so many of our neighbors in Detroit.”

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 more than 150 MFD collection box locations, including American Coney Island, Starbucks, and Weight Watchers. For a full listing of all public collection box locations, visit
  • Hold an in-house MittenRaiser at your office, organization, or school, or collect pairs at your next holiday or birthday party.
  • Make a tax-deductible donation. MFD purchases new mittens and gloves through its product partner, Broner Hat and Glove (Auburn Hills, MI). Donations can be made online at

For more information about Mittens for Detroit, please visit,

About Mittens for Detroit

Mittens for Detroit is a charity whose sole purpose is to collect, purchase, and distribute new, unused mittens and gloves to children and adults in need in Detroit. MFD operates under the fiscal sponsorship of the North Woodward Community Foundation, a publicly supported, non-profit, tax-exempt charitable organization (tax ID 38-3390605). For more information about how to get involved, please visit or contact Wendy Shepherd, MFD Executive Director, at or 586-913-5690.


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