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Socks and underwear needed

Socks and underwear needed

While my husband and I were at church Sunday, he received a small flier about an event called the “F ‘undie’ and Sock Gala”.  This is a fun event that was started by some members of our church, Genesis United Methodist in Cascade, more than a decade ago.  It has turned into a charity effort to collect new underwear, socks and cash donations for Mel Trotter Ministries, which serves the homeless and other people in need.

It started out as a project that a group of cycling buddies could do together.  It has turned into something much bigger.  The Priority Health Cycling Team is now sponsoring the event.  This year, the group set up bins for the donations at local bike shops:  the Ada Bike Shop and Village Bike Shop in Cascade. 

The “F’undie’ and Sock Gala” is being held at MacFadden’s at 58 Ionia Avenue in Grand Rapids on Thursday, December 16 between 7pm and 11pm.  The price for admission is a new package of underwear or soc

Adopt a Family program has 25 families on waiting list

Adopt a Family program has 25 families on waiting list

by United Way's Volunteer Center (Volunteer Center GR) on Wednesday Dec 8th, 2010 in NON-PROFIT

With Christmas just 17 days away, Heart of West Michigan United Way's holiday Adopt a Family program is still seeking groups, companies, and families willing to spread a little hope and cheer by adopting a family.

Currently, there are still 25 low-income families on the...


Opera Grand Rapids launches community-wide coat and clothing drive

Opera Grand Rapids launches community-wide coat and clothing drive

From: Opera Grand Rapids

Opera Grand Rapids is sending a message this holiday season, “the more you give, the more comes back.” Starting December 1 the professional opera company will be collecting warm winter coats and business clothing at the Betty Van Andel Opera Center. For each item dropped off, members of the community will receive a coupon for the Company’s February production of Puccini’s MANON LESCAUT.
Called “Warm Up With Opera Grand Rapids” the community wide coat and clothing drive will benefit the clothing pantries of the ICCF Family Homeless Shelter and the Women’s Resource Center.
“Often at this time of year people think about donating toys and food. While these are important, there is also a huge need in the community for warm clothing and business clothing,” said Sarah Mieras Opera Grand Rapids Communications Manager.

Live Nativity at Marywood

By Dominican Sisters ~ Grand Rapids in Non-Profit

Instruments of Hope will be hosting a Live Nativity event on Sunday, December 12 at 5:30 p.m. on the Marywood campus, which is located at 2025 Fulton Street East.

Ford Museum tree lighting

Start the holidays out by attending and joining in the fun at the Gerald L. Ford Presidential Museum when they light up their annual display of decorated trees on November 18th at 7pm. This is a free admission outdoor event along with a sing-along and refreshments.

Food drive for God's Kitchen

From: Joanne Klukowski, Catholic Charities West Michigan

During the month of November, Fox Motors is sponsoring a non-perishable food drive to support the growing needs of God’s Kitchen, a program of Catholic Charities West Michigan. The agency’s hot food programs served no-cost meals to over 226,000 people in 2009.

The donations will be used for God’s Kitchen programs including Capitol Lunch, Meals on Wheels, and nine outreach food sites that provide no-cost hot meals once a week to anyone. The nine outreach sites are St. Alphonsus Parish, First CRC/Bates Place, New Beginnings Church, Divine Grace Church, and Bread of the World Church in Grand Rapids, Our Lady of Consolation Parish in Rockford, St. John Vianney Parish in Wyoming, St. Charles Parish in Greenville, and St. Mary’s Parish in Big Rapids.

Grand Rapids Santa Claus Parade-November 20, 2010


For more than 100 years, the downtown Grand Rapids Santa Claus parade has been the signal to everyone that it is time for shopping and holiday festivities.

Once again, on Saturday, November 20, 2010 at 9:00am, you will see almost 100 entries and floats along with a visit from Santa Claus start the parade at the corner of Michigan and Monroe Ave. They will travel south on Monroe, left onto Monroe Center, right onto Division, right on Fulton, ending up with a left at Market Ave.

Bundle up, take along that cup of hot coffee or hot chocolate and go downtown and enjoy one of the highlights of the season.