Mittens 4 Detroit hosting special event Saturday night

Former Spartan Jackie "The Jokeman" Martling to join

DETROIT - With all the snow and cold temperatures this winter, people need to protect themselves. A pair of gloves or mittens are almost a necessity in this type of weather, but not everyone has the luxury of owning them.

Since 2010, one local organization called Mittens for Detroit has made it its mission to make sure there are no hands left out in the cold.

"One Halloween night a young girl came to the door missing a glove and she was shivering and crying," said Mittens for Detroit Founder Erin Cummings. "My friend invited her and her family into the house to get warm and gave her a spare pair of gloves."

Cummings said she realized that such a simple act of kindness that doesn't take much time or money could really make a difference for people like that little girl and her family.

"I woke up the next morning and said I want to get gloves, give them to as many people as we can," Cummings said. "So far we've given out over 40 thousand pairs of gloves in the past several years."

Mittens for Detroit has already given out over 12 thousand pairs of gloves just this year, but it hopes to give out many more to help the cold people around the city.

Several companies, like Starbucks, Weight Watchers, and American Coney Island, work with Mittens for Detroit and offer customers the opportunity to drop off mittens to donate to the organization.

Though Mittens for Detroit is happy to accept any type of gloves, as long as they're brand new, there is a glaring need for men's gloves.

"Everybody wants to buy the kids gloves because they're cute and they're little, and I get that," Cummings said. "But we have a lot of adults in Detroit that are really in need so if you can and are able to we would really appreciate men's gloves."

Saturday, January 25th, Mittens for Detroit will host "A Night of Giggles & Gloves" in the MGM Grand Detroit Ballroom. Former Michigan State Spartan and comedian Jackie "The Jokeman" Martling is joining Mittens for Detroit for the event, which starts at 8:00 p.m. The doors open and there will be a silent auction with Red Wings and Tigers merchandise at 6:30 p.m. General admission is $50 and VIP admission is $100. Gloves and other donations will be accepted during the event.

You can buy tickets to the Saturday event, donate to the organization, or find more information by visiting

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