By: The Oakland Press

Service First Logistics Inc. (SFL) of Auburn Hills and Cincinnati, donated 519 new children’s coats to local organizations, this year. The recipients of the coats are Rochester Area Neighborhood House (RANH) of Rochester and the Brighton Center of Newport, Kentucky.

SFL is a third-party logistics firm which was formed in 2011. The firm started the coat donation program in 2012 and has increased the number of coats every winter.

“Our team is dedicated to making a positive impact within our surrounding communities,” Royce Neubauer, founder and CEO, said in a news release. “We feel very blessed and fortunate to be in a position to be able to give back to the communities we live and work in.”

The following organizations are accepting donations through the holidays:

  • Somerset Collection’s Holiday Book “Rock n’ Rolls” can be purchased through Detroit’s Music Heritage Original Records at The Detroit Shoppe at Somerset Collection for a $20 donation to the Clark Park Coalition of Southwest Detroit’s youth programming,
  • Non-Profit Network’s Annual Wish List for more than 50 local charitable organizations’ Wish List includes items ranging from postage stamps and cases of water to computer equipment and toiletry items and services, For information, call Jody House, 248-641-8151.
  • The Rainbow Connection, 621 University in Rochester, is holding a toy donation drive 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Thursday, through Dec. 22. Gift suggestions include Nerf guns and toys, gift cards, adult coloring books and colored pencils, makeup and accessories, sports equipment (basketballs, footballs) and memorabilia and more,
  • The Bottomless Toy Chest is looking for donations for teens this holiday season with requested items such as nice journals and pens, amazon gift cards, nail polish and manicure sets, teen and adult coloring books, art kits, remote control vehicles and batteries. Call 248-646-8931 or email before dropping off items at its warehouse at 425 Elmwood in Troy,
  • Macy’s is donating $1 to Make-A-Wish for every letter to Santa that it receives, up to one million dollars. Letters can be dropped off in red letter boxes at stores, or online at, #MacysBelieve.
  • Beverly Hills Club has joined with the Salvation Army and it’s Coats For Kids Program. For each new or gently used coat, hat or pair of gloves donated by or on behalf of a child, age 2-5 years old, a free tennis or swimming lesson will be given to that child. Children 3-5 can take advantage of a tennis lesson and children 2-5 years old can enjoy a swimming lesson, register at Beverly Hills Club is at 31555 Southfield Road in Beverly Hills.
  • My Brother’s Keeper is hosting Warm Heart Giveaway by collecting blankets and monetary donations for Flint. A collection box has been set up at Keller Williams in Clarkston and other locations, 810-234-1163.
  • AirTime Mitten Drive is through Jan. 31 at Airtime Trampoline and Game Park locations at 44255 12 Mile Road, Novi; 662 East Big Beaver Road, Troy, and Sterling Heights and Westland, collecting pairs of new mittens and gloves of all sizes for Mittens for Detroit, 248-918-0909,
  • Tapper’s Diamonds & Fine Jewelry is hosting Stars Give Back campaign for charity. Tapper’s will donate $1,000 to nine organizations and another $2,500 to the organization that raises the most money by Dec. 31,
  • Paragon Properties is hosting a toy drive for Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation at its 11 apartment communities throughout Michigan as part of the organization’s Snowpile program. Local donation sites are at Franklin River – 28733 Franklin River Drive, Southfield, 248-436-4094; Park Lane Apartments- 23344 Park Place Drive, Southfield, 248-436-4087 and Three Oaks- 4154 Three Oaks Boulevard, Troy, 248-237-4769.

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