Last Updated: October 18th, 2019 at 2:14 pm
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Detroit is one of America’s epicenters on Thanksgiving, given that one of POWERHOME Solar’s official partners in the Detroit Lions plays a home game annually on this holiday. Beyond that decades-old tradition, there is another in the Motor City that is gaining steam after starting in 2015 – Gobble Gobble Give – and one of POWERHOME’s customer account managers orchestrates the “chaotic craziness of the magic that it is.”
That person is our Danny Matthews, who has been involved with Gobble Gobble Give’s Detroit chapter since it began. Gobble Gobble Give is an event run out of Bert’s Warehouse in the Eastern Market area, where Matthews and his team of volunteers provide turkey dinners, clothing, toiletries, haircuts and more to those in need on Thanksgiving. Gobble Gobble Give is run in multiple cities throughout the U.S. after originally starting in Los Angeles.
But in Detroit, after starting with approximately 450 volunteers in 2015, Gobble Gobble Give was supported by 1,100 volunteers last year, showcasing the strong desire many people have to give back to those less fortunate. In all, Matthews estimates that 3,450 meals were served in 2018, his third in leading this effort. While Matthews orchestrates getting volunteers to cook turkeys and pumpkin pies, and for others at Bert’s Warehouse to keep that food at temperature utilizing any manner possible (grills, commercial-size warming boxes, etc.), even more people are needed to go out and distribute these dinners to people underneath viaducts, in streets, vacant lots or outside of homeless shelters. This isn’t just about feeding and clothing people who need it – Matthews says it’s about giving hope.
“We’ve all been down on our luck at least once in our lives, and some more than others,” Matthews said. “It’s just a great way to give back and let people know that they’re not forgotten, especially on the holidays.”
Not only is one of POWERHOME’s employees leading the event, the company itself has stepped up to support it by donating $7,500. Because Matthews runs Gobble Gobble Give as a grassroots entity, the donation he received from POWERHOME goes 100 percent back into the event, whether it’s for buying Facebook ads that bring added visibility to the event, or for providing any of the food, clothing or other supplies needed.
“We’re making sure they’re not getting just a scoop of food, we’re making sure they get a full meal,” Matthews says. “It’s turkey, it’s sides, it’s a piece of pumpkin pie, socks and toiletries, things they actually need besides a warm meal in their belly.”
How you can get involved with Gobble Gobble Give
There are multiple ways to get involved with the Detroit chapter of Gobble Gobble Give, especially on the day of the event. The event starts at 10 a.m. and goes until 1 p.m., though Matthews knows his day will start well before that in making final preparations.
Volunteers are needed to deliver food to those in the streets, to package the meals, and to take day-of donations. Those attending the Lions game nearby are encouraged to drop off any donations before going to the game, whether it’s food or clothing, or even to support the effort for as long as they like.
Beyond day-of volunteering opportunities, those interested in participating in advance planning for the event are encouraged to attend the next meeting on Sunday, Nov. 3 at 4 p.m. ET at Bert’s Warehouse.
Matthews gets a lot of satisfaction seeing people come together for the benefit of the community in such a beautiful way. While he’s all in on making this event a success, he’s reluctant to put himself in the spotlight.
“It’s more so hearing the stories and seeing the other people it changes lives for,” Matthews said. “From the kids who start their own charities afterwards to the people who are actually getting the hope, it’s too much to count, it’s too much to think about. … I just want to help, I want to give back, and this is the way that was chosen for me and I do it.”
Let’s help Matthews help as many people as possible this Thanksgiving. Even if those reading this article can’t participate themselves, maybe they know of friends, family or neighbors that want to help out. Share this article, or contact Danny via Facebook or email (he responds early and often!). He’d love to hear from you, and those who end up being helped by this outreach no doubt will appreciate your efforts too.
Gobble Gobble Give Detroit details
Where: Bert’s Warehouse, 2739 Russell St. in Detroit
When: Thursday, Nov. 28 at 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/gobblegobblegivedetroit