December 21, 2015 - 12:41 PM EST
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DTE Energy Foundation donates $60,000 for Detroit-area holiday Meals on Wheels programs

Grant provides nearly 10,000 meals to needy seniors in metro Detroit on Christmas Day

This holiday season, the DTE Energy Foundation is helping to give one of the greatest gifts of all – a hot meal to Detroit's vulnerable senior citizens. The Foundation, the philanthropic arm of DTE Energy, is providing a $60,000 grant to the Detroit Area Agency on Aging to fund the packing, delivery and serving of nearly 10,000 meals to seniors in the Detroit and metro Detroit area.

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On Christmas morning, more than 200 DTE Energy employees, their friends and families, will help package the meals, load up their vehicles and don their Santa hats to deliver 5,500 meals and blankets throughout Detroit. Employees will be packing at Valley Services, and the DTE Energy Caniff and Warren Service Centers.

An additional 4,000 meals will be packed and distributed throughout metro Detroit, including Livingston, Macomb, Monroe, and Oakland, St. Clair, Washtenaw and Wayne counties. In total, upwards of 600 employee volunteers will serve the Detroit and metro Detroit area seniors.   

This effort is part of a larger grant from the Foundation that benefits Holiday Meals on Wheels programs throughout the state. In total, the Foundation is donating nearly $110,000 dollars for 10 agency partners, which will provide nearly 18,000 meals in its service territories. DTE Energy also is donating more than 13,000 blankets to the seniors.

Faye Nelson, vice president of Public Affairs, DTE Energy; and president of the DTE Energy Foundation
Paul Bridgewater, president and CEO, Detroit Area Agency on Aging
DTE Energy employee volunteers, friends and family

Christmas Day, Friday, Dec. 25
6 to 8 a.m.

Valley Services Inc.
1980 Bagley
Detroit, MI 48216

Note to editors -- Plenty of good visuals of employees packing meals for delivery to needy, homebound seniors.

About the DTE Energy Foundation
The DTE Energy Foundation is the philanthropic arm of DTE Energy, continuing the legacy of community support and involvement of its electric and natural gas utilities, which serve 2.1 million electric customers in Southeast Michigan and 1.2 million natural gas customers in Michigan. As one of Michigan's leading corporate citizens, DTE Energy is a force for growth and prosperity in the 450 Michigan communities it serves in a variety of ways, including philanthropy, volunteerism and economic progress.

For further information, members of the media may contact:
Randi Berris or Stephanie Beres, DTE Energy, 313.235.5555

/PRNewswire -- Dec. 21, 2015/

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