'Detroit Helping Detroit' looks to assist those in need

A garage full of clothing, a truck full of bread are waiting to help someone in need.

"Detroit Helping Detroit is a grassroots, we are the middle man between people who would like to donate to people they know need it the most," said Robin Chichester.

Chichester helped start Detroit Helping Detroit less than a year ago after he saw a growing need for things some may take for granted like a hot meal or a winter coat.

"Anything we can do to help Detroit, that's why we're here," he said. "Detroit helping Detroit."

On Mondays and Tuesdays, Chichester says he collects food donations and then prepares everything in his home.

"Sometimes we create a cold meal they can put in their backpacks or bags for later," he said. "But also our concern is to provide a nice, hot, tasty meal and that's what they Appreciate the most."

Chichester doesn't want the organization's name to confuse anyone about who they help.

"Detroit Helping Detroit is an ideology of saying let's help each other let's also take care of our neighbors first before we consider helping overseas or other states or other parts of the country," he said.

If you would like to help out by donating or simply need a helping hand, Chichester says you can call their hotline or find them on social media 

"Some of them are saying I really need help with an electric bill or I'm in need of a refrigerator," he said. "Whatever thesituation is,  we don't ask questions.we just try to provide what they need." 

For more information. go to Facebook.com/detroithepingdetroit or call the Detroit Helping Detroit Hotline 313-784-2842.

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