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(CBS DETROIT) – Hood’s Tire Service is a long-standing business on Mack Avenue near Cadillac on Detroit’s east side.

It’s one of the very few operations left along the road.

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“For the last 65 years, 1957, my grand-father started this place,” said Eric Hood Sr.

, owner of Hood’s Tires.

The shop is nestled in the 48214 zip-code; a section that’s 46% below the National Median Income, which reflects a great need for resources in the community.

Eric Hood Sr. and his son, Eric Jr. say they recognize that need and want to give back by offering free winter coats for families.

Because it’s my son’s idea,” said the proud father.

“Good job boy, but bring them coats!”

The family-owned business is collecting donations for its First Annual Coat Drive.

Donors can drop off new coats and winter gear now through Sunday ahead of the big giveaway this weekend.

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Come get some food, come get some coats for your kids,” said the Jr. and co-owner.

“Come get a coat for yourself and just have a good time and just see that we’re trying to restore the community in a different way.”

The Hood family says it’s not uncommon to see neighbors bearing the brutal cold in little to no wraps, and they want to keep as many people warm as possible.

I mean it gives me the chills,” said Hood Sr.

“I mean for you to be out here in this cold like this, I mean it’s not good. So, whatever I can do to help anyone. I mean, that’s what we’re here for.”

The coat drive is happening Sunday, November 28th from 1pm-4pm at Hood’s Tires.

The address is 10401 Mack Avenue.


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This George Clinton-approved Detroit childrens choir will funk you up this holiday season

“One Nation Under a Groove” music video by the Detroit Academy of Arts & Sciences choir

The Detroit Academy of Arts & Sciences (DAAS) choir is a reason to be happy this holiday season. Angela Kee is their fearless leader and, under her direction, the choir has performed at tourist conventions, opened Pistons and Lions games, and even sang at the White House for President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama—and 80% of the students at DAAS live at or below the poverty level. 

"What we do to inspire them here is we infuse the arts into the programming," Morton said. "We use the arts to get them excited about learning. And they do a great job."

This year, the choir decided to their version of George Clinton’s “One Nation Under A Groove,” and the reaction has been more than they expected. 

Renee Monforton, vice president of marketing and communication for Detroit Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau (Visit Detroit) tells Blac she brought the idea for the choir to do a fun holiday greeting for the city, but was not expecting the enormous reaction it garnered. 

“We brought the idea to Kee as a virtual holiday card at first, something to highlight both the best tourism spots and Detroit’s talented kids. Then people kept sharing and liking, and before we knew it the video was playing on the street screen at Cobo Hall and had a million views online,” Monforton says.

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Father of funk, George Clinton, even gave the DAAS kids social media props for their remix of the 1978 anthem. 

"Giving you more of what you're funkin’ for!" Clinton wrote in the shared post.

Detroit Academy of Arts and Sciences has 694 students in kindergarten through fifth grade.

According to U.S. News & World Report, the school’s student body is 100% children of color and the student-teacher ratio is 32 to 1. 

In 2002, the choir was a small after-school club that scavenged chairs from other rooms. In 2020, kids enroll at DAAS just for a chance to sing with the choir.

“They have fun and they make a positive impact on people who hear them because the love is there,” Kee tells Blac. “But they don’t get overwhelmed by the fame. The main thing they’re worried about is whether there’ll be pizza afterward!”

Kee adds that the reputation of the choir is one built on dedication, presentation, and pride in every aspect of their performance, and since 2001—when the choir was just a small group of kids singing for the holidays—Kee has stressed those values.

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