Focus: HOPE Delivers Holiday Food Boxes to 1,400 Low-Income Seniors, Spreads Joy

DETROIT– Global automotive supplier DENSO, whose N.A. headquarters is located in Southfield, Michigan, was the major sponsor for Focus: HOPE’s Senior Holiday Delivery Program that provided local residents with food, basic needs and joy this holiday season. DENSO is matching $ for $ for all online donations made to the organization by December 31, 2016.

Focus: HOPE’s Senior Holiday Delivery Program made special deliveries to 1,400 low-income, senior citizens with the help of over 400 volunteers, as a way to spread holiday cheer on Saturday, December 17 starting at 8 a.m. from Focus: HOPE’s Food Warehouse, 1200 Oakman Blvd. Detroit, MI. This annual program supports senior citizens in four counties — Wayne, Oakland, Macomb and Washtenaw. The special holiday packages included fresh fruits and vegetables, turkey, stuffing, macaroni and cheese and dessert, as well as gifts for those homes who have young children living in them.  

The seniors who were visited on December 17 are in Focus: HOPE’s food program and receive monthly supplemental food boxes. Focus: HOPE feeds 41,300 low-income seniors on a monthly-basis. Focus: HOPE has delivered over 24 million food boxes since 1971.

“Connecting with our community is important to our company and our people,” said Bill Foy, senior vice president of Sales & Marketing, DENSO International America, Inc. “DENSO is committed to building a strong community where our employees, family, friends and neighbors can grow and prosper.”

DENSO has been a Focus Hope partner since 1999, supporting with monetary donations, the annual Focus HOPE Walk, food program, and workforce development programs. The matching online donations provided by DENSO will also go to support Focus: HOPE’s numerous workforce development and education, food and basic needs and community programs for low-income individuals.

“During the holidays, we want to make sure that our seniors are able to enjoy a special meal in their own home,” said Focus: HOPE CEO, Jason D. Lee. “Although the monthly food boxes they receive contain plenty of nutritious items, this annual holiday box provides them with a holiday meal that allows them to celebrate with their loved ones in their own home.” 

Individuals or companies wishing to take part in DENSO’s Holiday Match Competition can double their donations by going to http://6718.thankyou4caring.org/FocusHopeDonations

 

For the Senior Holiday Delivery Program, volunteers picked up the food boxes between 8-10 a.m. on December 17 at the Focus: HOPE Food Warehouse. There, they were provided with addresses to deliver the packages to, and other staff and volunteers helped load their vehicles for the deliveries.  Individuals were also able to choose to “adopt a senior citizen” for the holidays by donating and delivering fresh food and small gifts to the senior.

 

For more information on Focus: HOPE’s holiday efforts, please call Yolanda Baker at 313-494-4932. Monetary donations can be made online at http://6718.thankyou4caring.org/FocusHopeDonations  and will be matched by DENSO $ for $ through December 31, 2016.

For a full gallery of photos form the event, please go to: https://www.flickr.com/photos/focushope/albums/72157674211561773

About DENSO

DENSO is a leading global automotive supplier of advanced technology, systems and components in the areas of thermal, powertrain control, electronics and information and safety. DENSO’s North American headquarters is located in Southfield, Michigan. In North America, DENSO employs more than 23,000 people at 30 consolidated companies and affiliates. Of these, 28 are manufacturing facilities located in the United States, Canada and Mexico. In the United States alone, DENSO employs more than 15,000 people in Alabama, Arkansas, California, Iowa, Georgia, Kentucky, Michigan, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas. DENSO’s North American consolidated sales totaled US$9.9 billion for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2016. For more information, go to www.densocorp-na.com. Connect with DENSO on Facebook at www.facebook.com/DENSOinNorthAmerica

DENSO Corp., headquartered in Kariya, Aichi prefecture, Japan has more than 200 subsidiaries and affiliates in 38 countries and regions (including Japan) and employs more than 150,000 people worldwide. Consolidated global sales for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2016, totaled US$40.2 billion. Last fiscal year, DENSO spent 8.8 percent of its global consolidated sales on research and development. DENSO common stock is traded on the Tokyo and Nagoya stock exchanges. For more information, go to www.denso.com, or visit our media website at www.denso.com/global/en/news/media-center/

About Focus: HOPE
Focus: HOPE is a nationally recognized civil and human rights organization founded in 1968 after the Detroit riots. Throughout the years, Focus: HOPE has developed numerous programs in its efforts to overcome racism, poverty and injustice that includes Education & Workforce Development, Food & Basic Needs and community revitalization called The HOPE Village Initiative. Through Focus: HOPE, thousands of individuals of all backgrounds and circumstances have achieved financial independence and have been provided opportunities for brighter futures.  For more information, visit www.focushope.edu.

 

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Volunteers from United Way & GM

Volunteers from United Way & GM