Ford Motor Company has completed its fourth annual Coat & Jacket Drive, delivering over 1,000 new and gently used coats, as well as hats, scarves, and gloves, to the Salvation Army.
Donated by local Ford employees and brought to the Salvation Army in two new Ford Transit vans, the items will be distributed by The Salvation Army will to needy families in the Detroit area.
“Surviving the cold of a Michigan winter means bundling up in a warm coat with a hat and gloves,” said Janet Lawson, director, Ford Volunteer Corps. “Unfortunately, many of our neighbors struggle each day to stay warm and to find enough food, and we’re hoping we can help ease that burden.”
Ford’s philanthropic arm, the Ford Motor Company Fund, is responsible for organizing the Coat & Jacket drive, with one of the division’s purposes being to give back to the communities where Ford employees live and work. For instance, just a week before the coats and jackets were delivered to The Salvation Army, over 700 Ford employees volunteered in 50 community service projects in eight U.S. states as part of its quarterly Accelerated Action Day. So far this year, more than 27,000 Ford employees and retirees have volunteered on community service projects around the world.
In addition, the automaker notes that it has also invested $1.3 million across the U.S. in grants, vehicles and other assistance to provide hunger relief this fall.