DTE Energy employees enjoy doing their best to make the holiday season bright, and this year they did that with help from the DTE Energy Foundation. From Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day – more than 600 DTE Energy volunteers are out in full force – helping to pack, serve and deliver 18,000 meals to vulnerable senior citizens and homebound adults across Michigan.
Since 2009, the DTE Energy Foundation, the philanthropic arm of DTE Energy, has been supporting these annual holiday events to ensure that seniors aren’t alone or hungry during the holidays. This year, the Foundation donated $122,000 to 10 agency partners across Michigan to fund the packing, serving and delivery of:
- 6,000 meals in the City of Detroit
- Nearly 5,000 meals in Grand Rapids, Muskegon and Grand Traverse areas
- Nearly 5,000 meals in Livingston, Macomb, Monroe, Oakland, St. Clair, Washtenaw and Wayne counties
- 900 meals in Gaylord and Buckley
- 600 meals in the Thumb region
In the days leading up to Christmas, about 300 volunteers, their friends and family members focused those efforts to give back to those in the city of Detroit. On Thursday, Dec. 22 volunteers helped to package the cold portion of meals. On Sunday, Dec. 25 the hot portion of the meals were packed and then volunteers donned their Santa hats and delivered the 6,000 meals out into the community.
In addition to the meals, more than 16,000 gifts were included in the packages to help seniors across the state stay warm this winter.
“The Holiday Meals on Wheels program has become a tradition for many of our employees, their families and friends, and we are so appreciative of the time they give to spread holiday cheer,” said Faye Nelson, vice president, DTE Energy, and board chair and president of the DTE Energy Foundation. “The DTE Energy Foundation is proud to bring thousands of meals to our seniors, who depend on the generosity of companies and employee volunteers such as ours to get a hot meal during the holidays, from Thanksgiving to New Year’s.”