Molina Healthcare of Michigan and its event partners hosted the largest Molina HOPE Winter Coat Giveaway in its four-year history on Saturday, November 2. Over 5500 new coats in addition to hats, gloves and scarves were provided to preregistered attendees and the public on a first-come, first-served basis.
“We’re so pleased with the huge turnout during Molina’s annual HOPE Coat Giveaway event, and grateful to our generous partners and volunteers,” said Christine Surdock, president of Molina Healthcare of Michigan. “Over 300 volunteers handed out more than 1100 coats per hour during the five-hour event. Employee and partner volunteers worked tirelessly weeks before and during the event because each one of them cares about our community like family.”
The Molina HOPE initiative launched in 2016 and since that time over 22,500 new coats have been distributed. According to the Detroit Partnership on Economic Mobility, the City has a poverty rate nearly three times higher than the national average, roughly 35 percent; the child poverty rate is even higher, at more than 50 percent.
In addition to the thousands of brand-new coats and other winter necessities, event attendees enjoyed refreshments, face painting, arts, crafts and more. The Molina HOPE Coat Giveaway took place at Renaissance High School in Detroit.
Partner organizations included Magna International, FBI, Detroit Public School Community District, Salvation Army of Metro Detroit, Clothes4Souls, Macy’s, Premier Relocations, Fresh Thyme Markets, and Doors of Success.