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.) from fans at select home games each 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.
The Red Wings held two in-game collections during the 2011-12 regular season on Thursday, Nov. 3, and Saturday, Nov. 5,. Fans were encouraged to bring new winter gear items, including mittens, coats, hats and scarves. For each donated item at either game, fans were entered to win Red Wings autographed memorabilia.
Motor City Mitten Madness brought in 716 items, which was a 28.5% increase from last year, and $801.50 in monetary donations, which was a 15.8% increase from last season's efforts. A complete recap of the the 2011 Motor City Mitten Madness can be read by clicking here.