Oozegiving: Donating a Holiday Feast to Detroit Families in Need
September 28, 2020
Ooze Wholesale ramped up their charitable efforts to give back to the Detroit community this past holiday season. The company donated the proceeds from all pink products to the Shades of Pink Foundation, and hosted a food drive to assist over 200 families for Thanksgiving.
“We have experienced tremendous success this year,” said Ooze Wholesale Chief Financial Officer Vince Ayar. “It’s essential to our business to give back to the community that has given us so much.”
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and with pink being the designated breast cancer color, Ooze put aside 100 percent of the money made from every pink item sold in October on Oozelife.com. This amounted to over $4,800, to be donated to the Shades of Pink Foundation. This money directly benefits Metro Detroit families.
“Shades of Pink provides financial support by assisting with utility bills, rent and mortgage payments, COBRA payments, day care fees, transportation costs and other bills,” said Shades of Pink Executive Director Karla Sherry. “By paying bills directly, thus relieving patients of that burden, we are giving them the opportunity to move forward with cancer treatments.”
Moving into November, Ooze turned their focus to giving back to the broader Metro Detroit community with an “Oozegiving” food drive. Ooze partnered with the Shelby Jane Seyburn Foundation and 18 local dispensaries to collect canned and non-perishable food items. Each participating dispensary had a box for donations and issue done raffle tickets for food items, with a large prize including a TV to be given away at the end.
On Monday, Nov. 25, Ooze hosted a Turkey Drive event in Detroit for 200 families. 200 turkeys, pies and the nearly 2,500 collected food items were donated to families in need.
“We are all Detroit natives, and recognize the work that still needs to be done here for our entire community to thrive,” said Ayar. “The holiday season should be a celebrated time. We want to ease the financial burden that eliminates the joy from this season for many Detroiters.”
By establishing the Ooze Foundation, we plan to host even more events like this for our community. Having an in-house Foundation will make the planning and execution of these events much more streamlined, and having a designated team to run this entity will allow us work with more groups in need, and better address the needs to the Metro Detroit community.
We were finally able to host our big holiday extravaganza, the way it was intended! Oozemas 2022 was a huge success thanks to Santa, the Grinch, a dance party, coney lunch, crafts, and giving away 1,000 gifts.
On December 19th 2021, the Ooze Foundation hosted the third annual Oozemas Holiday Toy Drive for underprivileged kids in the Detroit community. This year we were able to give out 1000 gifts which is the most gifts to date! Learn more about the event in this blog!