It’s been a very long and challenging year in the state of Michigan and in Motown in particular. But we’re a tough and resilient city and at this time of year it’s more evident than ever that we’re most definitely a city of people that looks out for our neighbors. Gleaners Community Food Bank receives a few more envelopes from people who dug deep in their pockets so those in need will have a holiday meal. A few more bags of coats show up at the front door of the Detroit Rescue Mission so no one will be cold as temperatures begin to drop. And Santas from around the Metro Detroit area converge on Children’s Hospital to make sure some of our youngest residents have a Merry Christmas.
The Mullen Detroit office, feeling very fortunate to have had a good year with some amazing clients, subscribed to the belief that “to whom much is given, much is expected” and partnered with Southwest Solutions once again to become surrogate Santas for the Sanchez family. Southwest Solutions, a family literacy program dedicated to serving low-income, Hispanic families with young children in Southwest Detroit, presented us with the opportunity to help Juana Sanchez and her husband, Enrique, fill their stockings and put gifts under their tree. We divided up the wish list, gassed up the sleigh and hit the stores searching for gifts for their family. Yesterday afternoon the mullenteer elves made an early delivery to the Sanchez family. The parents were grateful for the assistance and the children couldn’t wait until Christmas day to see what Santa brought them. And the mullenteer elves were reminded that it truly is better to give than receive.
Happy holidays from the “D” with hopes for a brighter 2010 for everyone.
note: thank you to Ashleigh Rainko for help with this project and this post.