A nationwide pizza chain and a local church in Detroit are partnering together this winter to give away 4,000 free brand-new winter coats for low-income youth.
Since 2009, Happy’s Pizza and Greater Grace Temple have joined forces to assist struggling families who have been hit hard by the economy.
“It is always a great feeling to assist people with some basic needs in life and we are excited to provide thousands of kids this winter with a brand new coat,” Greater Grace’s Senior pastor Bishop Charles H. Ellis III said in a statement.
“Happy’s Coats For Kids” has provided more than 10,000 free winter coats since its inception. Retired Detroit Lion football player Lomas Brown has also partnered with the restaurant chain. This year, the Lions’ Maurice Morris will also make a special appearance.
Volunteers from Bank of America and City Year will assist in the giveaway as well.
“Each year huge crowds come out to get the coats and it’s certainly a win for Happy’s because it shows that they want to do more than just take money out of the community,” Melvin Epps, the communications director for Greater Grace, told The Christian Post.
“They are a community partner and sincerely want to help and give back to those who are struggling,” Epps said.
Happy’s Pizza first approached the Detroit megachurch with the idea for the winter coat giveaway.
“They wanted to show they cared and had envisioned the coat giveaway, but weren’t sure how to do it,” Epps detailed.
Source: Christian Post | Eryn Sun