Mittens for Detroit visits William Ford Elementary, other Dearborn Schools

Closeup of gloves piled on the table

Volunteers with Mittens for Detroit put some smiles on children’s faces at William Ford Elementary and other schools around the District on Thursday afternoon.

As the snow, and the temperature, continued to drift down outside, the nonprofit visited 12 Dearborn Public Schools to drop off gloves for students. The group was assisted by volunteers from Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, also known as Motor Citizens.  Some Fordson High School students also stopped by to help younger students find mittens or gloves that fit.

The afternoon started with a public event at William Ford Elementary.

Principal David Higgins said his school has worked with Mittens for Detroit for the last few years to give gloves and mittens to students.

Wendy Shepherd, executive director of Mittens for Detroit, said the group has worked with Dearborn schools for three years, but this is the first year it would visit 12 schools.  Mittens for Detroit distributed 6,200 pairs of gloves and mittens in Dearborn on Thursday.

“We have in 10 years delivered mittens from donations from so many generous people,” Shepherd said, noting the organization has surpassed 250,000 mittens and gloves given away.

Shepherd told the students patiently waiting for their gloves that she was a mother and grandmother, and then gave them some maternal advice.

“Have fun in the snow.  Have fun making a snowman.  Don’t lose your new gloves,” she said.