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 metro Detroit. Money raised for Mittens For Detroit will be used to purchase gloves from Michigan-based Broner Hat & Glove Company. Mittens For Detroit has been warming hands and hearts since the organization was founded in November 2010 by Erin Cummings, star of ABCʼs Detroit 1-8-7, and a dedicated team of volunteers. A community initiative, MFD exists solely to provide new, unused mittens and gloves to those in need - both children and adults - in metro Detroit. Mittens and gloves are collected in drop boxes at a constantly growing list of merchants and businesses throughout metro Detroit. Cummings, who relocated to Detroit in July 2010, was inspired to create MFD while passing out candy on Halloween with her cousin, Kathy Moss, who lives in Southfield. Two young girls and their mother came to the door trick-or-treating, and one of the girls was crying. Moss noticed the girl was missing a glove, and without thinking twice, invited the family inside, found an extra pair of gloves, put them on the little girlʼs hands and sent the family on their way to enjoy the rest of their Halloween night. Cummings, who had been looking for a way to give back to her new community, was struck by the simplicity and generosity of her cousinʼs actions, and the Mittens For Detroit initiative was born. "I know that times are tough and some may feel discouraged from giving because of their own financial circumstances," Cummings says. "We're keeping it simple. All we want is gloves. Big gloves, little gloves, fancy gloves or dollar store gloves. As long as they are new and will keep a pair of hands warm, we will take them."