MIC hosts biannual blood drives and has been recognized by the New York Blood Center for corporate employee donations.
The nation's largest independent blood distribution and services organization, NYBC provides blood and blood products for more than one million transfusions annually, nearly ten percent of the national supply. It serves more than 200 hospitals and 20 million people in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut. In addition, employees are encouraged year-round to donate blood.
Employees celebrate the spirit of the season by participating in a regional toy drive for New York Cares Secret Santa.
Every winter, agencies that work with at-risk and underserved children and teens send New York Cares handwritten "Dear Santa" letters. MIC volunteers anonymously answer the children's wishes by sending gifts to the program. The gifts received through the Santa Program are often the only gifts received by the children and teens in the program.
Additionally, every December, MIC employees donate coats to The New York Cares Coat Drive. New York Cares Drive has collected more than half a million coats since its inception in 1989. The coats are distributed to struggling men, women and children at homeless shelters, community organizations, and centers for battered women and agencies servicing seniors. This drive has been a lifeline for New York's neediest citizens during the cold winter months.
MIC employees annually contribute food to City Harvest via its New York for Kids and Turkey Drives, as well as a MIC-organized Holiday Food Drive.
City Harvest, a non-profit organization founded in 1981, is the largest and oldest food rescue program in the world.
It is estimated that 50 million pounds of good, edible food is thrown away each year by New York City food businesses. At the same time, an estimated 1.5 million people are hungry, one third of them children. City Harvest is the link between those who have so much and those who have too little.
The New York for Kids Food Drive is conducted from Mother's Day to Father's Day. This year City Harvest collected over 273,000 pounds of kid-friendly food from various companies, for delivery to community food programs that serve children.
Via the City Harvest Turkey Drive, 11,672 turkeys were donated this year, including 4,717 certificates valued at over $35,000 from various companies that went to food pantries in their network, allowing the families they serve to select their own turkey at a local market.