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Community organizations like The Boys & Girls Clubs of Southeastern Michigan have long been vital to supporting families across Detroit. For nearly a century, they have helped foster youth development by giving kids a safe, stable environment in which to grow and thrive.

In partnership with this remarkable organization, the Detroit Red Wings joined kids from the Boys and Girls Clubs to take part in Hometown Holiday Assist, sponsored by Meijer, in which players and their little helpers purchased toys for patients at Children’s Hospital of Michigan. These gifts were distributed through the hospital’s Snowpile program, which eases the burden on families during the holidays by providing gifts for hospitalized children and their siblings.

Kids from Boys and Girls Clubs enthusiastically joined players, including Luke Glendening, Darren Helm, Jimmy Howard and more at Meijer, a Detroit Red Wings partner. Together, they strolled the aisles for this year’s most popular toys to give to the children. And little did they know there was a surprise waiting.

After the fun shopping spree wrapped, Glendening revealed to the Boys and Girls Club kids they too would receive well-deserved gifts for their hard work and commitment to giving back this holiday season.

Hometown Holiday Assist is a partnership between the Detroit Red Wings Foundation and Meijer to support the community during the holiday season. To learn more about the Detroit Red Wings Foundation, visit DetroitRedWings.com. Learn more about the Children’s Hospital of Michigan’s Snowpile program and how you can help at ChildrensDMC.org. More information about the Boys and Girls Clubs of Southeastern Michigan can be found at BGCSM.org.