The Detroit Red Wings celebrate the holidays by giving back to the community during the holiday season

  
The Detroit Red Wings donated a Red Wings-theme Christmas tree to the Festival of Trees as part of its auction to benefit Children's Hospital of Michigan.

The Detroit Red Wings donated a Red Wings-theme Christmas tree to the Festival of Trees as part of its auction to benefit Children’s Hospital of Michigan.

Earlier this month, I was lucky enough to attend the Red Wings’ annual visit to Children’s Hospital of Michigan in Detroit. This is something they do every year as a team. It was an amazing experience on several levels because it’s so easy to see how the kids inspire the players just as much as the players inspire the kids.

Valtteri Filppula stops for a photo with Grant, a patient at Children's Hospital of Michigan

Valtteri Filppula stops for a photo with Grant, a patient at Children's Hospital of Michigan

Many families travel from throughout the region for the kind of specialized care they receive at Children’s Hospital. The Red Wings, and especially Coach Babcock, have always made visiting the children at Children’s Hospital a priority.

While the entire team makes it a point to visit during the holidays, the relationship between the Detroit Red Wings and Children’s Hospital of Michigan lasts all year.

Help the Red Wings support Children’s Hospital of Michigan while making wishes come true:

The Red Wings Wish Club allows fans to surprise a friend or loved one with personalized greetings during the games.

Through the Red Wings Wish Club, donations made to the Children’s Hospital of Michigan give fans the opportunity to make a personalized birthday, anniversary or get well wish to a loved one on the Joe Louis Arena scoreboard for a minimum $50 donation. Marriage proposals are $100 and live marriage proposals are $250 when you schedule your wish at least 48 hours before the game.

Download a Red Wings Wish Club Wish Application Here.

Join the Red Wings Virtual Red Kettle Team

Earlier this season, I tagged along with Darren McCarty, Kirk Maltby and Niklas Kronwall while they worked as volunteers, passing out meals on The Salvation Army’s Bed and Bread Truck, but the team’s support of the organization extends through the holidays with The Salvation Army’s Red Kettle campaign. Several players, along with Coach Babcock and General Manager Ken Holland, volunteered as bell ringers for the southeast Michigan chapter of The Salvation Army. 

The team also has an online Red Kettle as part of The Salvation Army’s Virtual Red Kettle campaign. It’s not too late to give. Every day of the year, The Salvation Army offers help and hope to thousands of people. From the victims of disaster, addiction and homelessness to youth, families and senior citizens.

This year, each team in the NHL has their own kettle. You can donate online as part of the Red Wings Virtual Red Kettle Team here

May the gifts you share this season bring much joy. Happy holidays to you and your loved ones from all of us at the Detroit Red Wings. 



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About hockeytownusa

I am the Creative Content Coordinator for the Detroit Red Wings and editor of the Official Hockeytown Blog for the Detroit Red Wings.
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