Food deliveries reached 1,000 seniors

Motor City Cruisers

Even a major snowstorm didn't prevent volunteers from delivering food to more than 1,000 homebound senior citizens as part of Focus: HOPE's annual Special Holiday Delivery on December 14.

Seniors from Wayne, Oakland, Macomb and Washtenaw counties received a box of fresh food along with their regular monthly box of canned and packaged food. Items included Cornish hens, potatoes, apples and other fresh food for a holiday meal.

Volunteers included regulars -- like the Motor City Cruisers who made deliveries for their eighth year in a row -- to newcomers like colleagues from White Cloud Natural Spring Water who delivered to 71 seniors located in two apartment buildings.

Donors who helped make the event a success included Christ Church Cranbrook, Ford Motor Company, Holy Family Church, Mercy High School, Ratheon, Quicken Loans, and White Cloud Natural Spring Water.




Motor City Cruisers delivered to 39 seniors. It was their eighth
year participating in our Special Holiday Delivery.

The seniors are among the 38,000 participants in Focus: HOPE’s food outreach program.

“This special delivery puts everyone in the holiday mood," said William F. Jones, Jr., CEO of Focus: HOPE. “The generous donations we have received from schools, businesses and individuals allow us to give back to seniors who truly need our help.”

As important as the holiday food box is for these seniors, being able to spend some time with the Focus: HOPE volunteers delivering the packages is just as valuable. Many of the seniors live alone and don’t have regular visitors, said Frank Kubik, director of Focus: HOPE’s Commodity Supplemental Food Program.

“This is an activity that truly warms our volunteers’ hearts,” said Kubik. “We assist these seniors throughout the year, but the holidays can be especially difficult and lonely for them. It’s wonderful to see how a holiday meal and a little companionship brightens their day.”