Christians, Jews and Muslims join to help others

Posted at 8:56 PM, Dec 25, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-25 23:18:02-05

Metro Detroit's Christians, Jews, and Muslims banded together to bring Christmas joy to families in need on Christmas Day. They gathered early in the morning and, with Santa's help, delivered personalized bags of gifts to hundreds of families in southwest Detroit.

The Christmas gift-giving is part of the Jimmy’s Kids Christmas morning program. The program was started by Jimmy Touman in 1988. Today, he expected to have the help of 2,000 volunteers.

One 12-year-old boy, Jeremy Jenkins raised more than $1,600 and used the money to make more than 150 blankets that were given out today.

It was part of his bar mitzvah project and it was something inspired by his experiences doing this on past Christmases.

"You get to see the smile on their face," Jeremy said. "I remember this one girl who got a blanket and she just wrapped herself up in in and laid down," he said. "It is nice to see."

This year, the Jimmy’s Kids program will serve 25,000 kids. 

You can help support Jeremy's efforts to give out more blankets here.