Communities, local business come together to add warmth to the holidays through coat drive
Communities, local business come together to add warmth to the holidays through coat drive
Posted on 11/26/2018
Community Leaders behind coat donation boxesThe township’s largest employer, Antolin Shelby, has partnered with Utica Community Schools, Shelby Township and the cities of Sterling Heights and Utica to ensure families in need in Michigan’s second largest school district have new coats, hats and gloves this winter.

Housed in a new, state-of-the-art 368,000-square-foot automotive interiors manufacturing facility at 52888 Shelby Parkway, Antolin Shelby wanted to find a way to show its support for the community this holiday season.

After meeting with Shelby Township Supervisor Rick Stathakis, Antolin Shelby General Manager Joseph McCluskey II, a graduate of Eisenhower High School in UCS, felt supporting the school district was the perfect fit.

“Shelby Township has been extremely welcoming to Antolin Shelby and has been an amazing partner throughout the process of establishing this facility,” McCluskey said. “I don’t think we could have built this facility as fast as we did without the help of the township so I really wanted to express our gratitude and show the community that we support it as well. As someone who grew up in this community and is a proud product of UCS, I understand the importance of the entire community working together to support our youth and maintaining strong neighborhoods.”

“I spoke with Supervisor Stathakis about a number of ways we could do this. It was really important for us to do something tangible to directly impact the people,” McCluskey added. “It’s one thing for a corporation to write a check, but it means more when we get involved as individuals helping each other”

Members of the community can join the staff at Antolin Shelby in the drive as they are invited to donate new coats, hats and gloves for students in grades kindergarten through sixth. Coats will be collected at Antolin Shelby, Shelby Township Hall at 52700 Van Dyke Ave., the Shelby Township Library at 51680 Van Dyke Ave. and at the Shelby Township Police Department at 52530 Van Dyke Ave. until Jan. 4.

“I’m always impressed by the way our residents come together to make our township a more hospitable place during the Christmas holiday,” Township Supervisor Rick Stathakis said. “And I know that we’re going to exceed all expectations in this initiative.

“Every year, at the beginning of the school year, we have backpack drives for families in need so there is definitely a need. I know that ensuring kids have new, warm coats this winter will make everyone feel good.”

“We are fortunate to be part of a community that cares so deeply about its children and schools,” UCS Superintendent Dr. Christine Johns. “Mr. McCluskey’s work reflects a long tradition of individuals honoring the community that raised them by giving back to the generations that follow.”

There will also be collection locations in Sterling Heights at the Richard J. Notte City Center at 40555 Utica Road, the Sterling Heights Public Library at 40255 Dodge Park Road, Sterling Heights Parks and Recreation at 8655 Irving Road Sterling Heights Department of Public Works at 7200 18 Mile Road, Sterling Heights Fire Station No. 5 at 41625 Ryan Road and the Sterling Heights Police Department at 40333 Dodge Park Road.

Utica will have a collection center at the Utica Police Department City Hall at 7550 Auburn Road. All drop-off locations will be open during normal business hours. Police collection centers will be open 24/7. After Jan. 4, Antolin Shelby will collect the coats and deliver them to Utica Community Schools where school officials will distribute them to students in need at the district’s 25 elementary schools.