MCC, Molina Healthcare team up to give students a warmer winter with coats
FLINT — Mott Community College (MCC) welcomed Molina Healthcare to the Flint campus Jan. 23 as part of the Molina HOPE Winter Coat Giveaway.
The company donated 87 new winter coats in children’s and adult sizes to give to MCC students with children.
The Molina HOPE coat drive in Michigan was a six-week partnership between Molina and various local companies who teamed up to collect new and gently-used winter coats at numerous drop-off sites in Detroit and the surrounding area. As a result of donations from the community and Molina’s partners, the coat drive generated more than 4,000 coats.
The success of the coat drive enabled Molina Healthcare to expand its donations outside of Detroit to the Flint area to help MCC students. Students eligible to receive the coats were identified through the Early Childhood Learning Center at MCC and through the Student Life Office. — G.G.
GDL to host Have a Heart, donor registry event
FLINT — Genesee District Library (GDL) will be the first library to offer ongoing district-wide access to the Michigan Organ Donor Registry through a partnership with Gift of Life Michigan. Patrons at all 19 Genesee District Library branches, and visitors to the GDL website, will have convenient, easy access to the donor registry.
To kick off this partnership, the Genesee Valley Library branch will host a reception on Feb. 1 at 2 p.m. Have a Heart will feature guest speakers, including County Clerk John Gleason, GDL Director David Conklin, Jennifer Tislerics from Gift of Life Michigan, Taneisha Campbell, Minority Organ and Tissue Transplant and Education Program (MOTTEP), Valerie Canary, Hurley Medical Center, Shalonda Griffin, GDL Library Assistant, and Greg Jones, who is currently awaiting a kidney transplant.
What makes this partnership valuable is the increased access to the state’s organ donor registry. Typically, people join the donor registry when they visit the Secretary of State’s office every few years. People visit the library far more frequently, increasing exposure for Gift of Life Michigan.
In 2016, 299 people became organ donors in Michigan. As of Jan. 1, there were 3,533 patients waiting for a transplant in the state. In Michigan, about 58% of adults are registered donors; in Genesee County, the percentage is 51 percent.
Gift of Life was incorporated in 1971 by Michigan transplant surgeons to provide a network for sharing kidneys. Today, Gift of Life recovers more than 900 organs every year for transplantation from 300 or more donors, saving hundreds of lives. Gift of Life also works with Eversight Michigan to manage cornea and eye donation.