Michigan Medicine engages the community’s giving spirit during holiday season

December 24, 2020  //  FOUND IN: Our Employees

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It has truly been the season of giving at Michigan Medicine.

The Michigan Medicine team — and the surrounding community — came together over the past week and a half to collect 5,552 pounds of food and personal care items and $19,502 in donations for Food Gatherers. The cash donations are enough to provide 58,506 meals for those facing food insecurity, while the food itself is equivalent to 63,835 meals.

“During such a challenging year, it’s heartwarming to see us step up time and again to help our neighbors in need,” said Tony Denton, senior vice-president and chief operating officer for the U-M Health System.

Indeed, this was the third drive the organization has sponsored during the 2020 pandemic, with volunteers collecting donations at a vehicle drop-off at the North Campus Research Complex. Those who donate never have to leave their vehicles.

The first two drives collected the equivalent of more than 151,000 meals for Food Gatherers to distribute to more than 170 agencies that serve people throughout Washtenaw County and beyond. That brings the total number of meals collected in 2020 to 215,500. In addition, generous individuals have also given thousands of personal care items, from diapers to toothbrushes.

This year’s efforts have been especially helpful, given that Food Gatherers and other agencies have faced a surge in demand from people impacted by the economic effects of the pandemic.

“While prioritizing safety and simultaneously battling the pandemic in our hospitals and health clinics, we’ve shown how kindhearted and deep our commitment is to the community,” Denton said. “These drives exemplify one of our organization’s core values of caring. I am grateful and proud that we are making a positive difference in the lives of others in so many ways. Go Blue.”