Magic Johnson Foundation and UnitedHealthcare Bring Holiday Hope to Michigan Families

November 18, 2016
  • Holiday Hope events provide nearly 5,000 families in Detroit, Flint and Lansing with food, coats, essential living items and toys

On Saturday, Nov. 19, and Sunday, Nov. 20, the Magic Johnson Foundation and UnitedHealthcare will hold three Holiday Hope events to provide Michigan families with food, holiday trimmings, coats, essential living items and toys.

Nearly 5,000 families are expected to participate in the events in Lansing, Flint and Detroit. Earvin "Magic" Johnson, community leaders and UnitedHealthcare volunteers will attend the Lansing and Flint events. Community leaders, UnitedHealthcare volunteers and other partner volunteers will attend the Detroit event.

This is the third year of Holiday Hope events for Magic Johnson Foundation and the second year of a three-year partnership with UnitedHealthcare. An additional $30,000 grant by UnitedHealthcare helped the foundation expand its efforts this year to include Flint.

"Since 2014, Holiday Hope has served more than 24,000 Michigan residents with nearly $2 million worth of food, turkeys, toys, coats and personal care items," said Johnson, founder of Magic Johnson Foundation and Michigan native. "UnitedHealthcare and other community partners have joined us in bringing hope and cheer to Michigan communities. I couldn't enjoy the holidays without providing some help to families in the state where I grew up."

"Since its inception, the Magic Johnson Foundation has worked to improve the quality of life in our communities," said Dennis Mouras, CEO of UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Michigan. "UnitedHealthcare is grateful for the opportunity to support the Magic Johnson Foundation and bring holiday cheer to people throughout Michigan."

Last year, nearly 3,000 Detroit and Lansing families were provided with holiday assistance through the Magic Johnson Foundation and UnitedHealthcare partnership. In total, UnitedHealthcare has donated over $400,000 to support Holiday Hope – the largest multiyear grant to the Magic Johnson Foundation by a corporation in Michigan.

About the Magic Johnson Foundation

The Magic Johnson Foundation, founded by basketball legend Earvin "Magic" Johnson is a 501(c) (3) organization that was established in 1991 as a grantmaker and to raise funds for community-based organizations focused on HIV/AIDS education and prevention. The organization has since expanded its mission and now develops programs that address the educational, health and social needs of ethnically diverse urban communities. MJF has donated over $14 million to underserved communities since inception.  For more information about the Magic Johnson Foundation, please visit

About UnitedHealthcare

UnitedHealthcare is dedicated to helping people nationwide live healthier lives by simplifying the health care experience, meeting consumer health and wellness needs, and sustaining trusted relationships with care providers. The company offers the full spectrum of health benefit programs for individuals, employers, military service members, retirees and their families, and Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries, and contracts directly with more than 1 million physicians and care professionals, and 6,000 hospitals and other care facilities nationwide. UnitedHealthcare is one of the businesses of UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH), a diversified Fortune 50 health and well-being company. For more information, visit UnitedHealthcare at or follow @myUHC on Twitter.