Motor City Mitten Madness
With the help of the Detroit Receiving Hospital’s Burn Center since 1993, the Wings collect new winter gear (mittens, coats, scarves, hats, etc.) and monetary donations from fans at select home games every November. The items are then distributed to local homeless shelters, including but not limited to the Coalition on Temporary Shelter and Detroit Rescue Mission.
According to the Homeless Management Information System, there were over 86,000 homeless individuals living in the state of Michigan in 2008. The donated winter gear will help to ward off frostbite among the homeless population during Michigan’s freezing winters.
During the 2014-15 season, the Red Wings will host their annual Motor City Mitten Madness Night on Nov. 26 as the club takes on the Philadelphia Flyers at Joe Louis Arena.
The Red Wings held two in-game collections during the 2013-14 regular season. The team’s Motor City Mitten Madness on Nov. 23 brought in 394 pieces of winter clothing and $786 in monetary donations to the Coalition on Temporary Shelter. For each donated item, fans were entered to win Red Wings autographed memorabilia.
The team also hosted the ‘Hockeytown Warm Up’ clothing collection during the 2013 Hockeytown Winter Festival at Comerica Park. During the Alumni Showdown on Dec. 31, volunteers collected 520 pieces of winter clothing for Detroit Rescue Mission to help keep the homeless warm during the winter.