Sheriff Raphael Washington hit the streets of Detroit with trucks filled to the brim with warm blankets for cold Detroiters. The Sheriff’s caravan of warmth included Radio Icon Mildred Gaddis (105.9 fm), Geniene Holmes (Founder of Hearts of Humanity Michigan which donated the 1,000 blankets and also warm scarfs) and a cadre of volunteer Sheriff’s CERT Reserves and WCSO volunteers. The cold temperatures were unable to dampen the warm spirit that flowed as grateful citizens accepted the blankets and well wishes.

The team visited local missions, shelters and a church, all known to help individuals in need and even stopped by the Rosa Parks Transit Center to catch up with riders enroute to their destinations. Sheriff Washington intends to conduct more giveaways to citizens in need throughout Wayne County, especially during times of hardship like the current bitter cold snap.

“We hope to get as many blankets as we can to individuals in need at targeted locations,” said Sheriff Washington. “If we have any left we’ve communicated with several social service agencies and shelters to make sure they’re distributed. We don’t want anyone succumbing to these numbing temperatures. We know those who are homeless need them, but we also don’t want to forget those who have homes but may be suffering from inadequate heating.”


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