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Meijer generates nearly $6 Million for Midwest food pantries in 2014

Meijer generates nearly $6 Million for Midwest food pantries in 2014

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The Meijer Simply Give program – held three times a year – generated nearly $6 million in 2014 for food pantries throughout the Midwest, bringing the program’s overall donation total to nearly $14 million since it began in November 2008.

The retailer’s most recent campaign, which ended in January, was the most successful holiday campaign in the program’s history, resulting in a total of more than $1.8 million for hungry families.

Foster Care Parents Orientation Feb. 2

Foster Care Parents Orientation Feb. 2

REgistration is required to attend an informative orientation to learn about Bethany Christian Services Foster Care Program.

Refugee youth, who have been separated from their families by community violence, war and abuse are desperate to live in a an accepting and loving foster home that helps welcome them to our country and prepares them for future independence.

This orientation takes place Monday, Feb. 2 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Michigan Refugee Services located at 1050 36th Street, Suite 400 in GRand Rapids.

Dinner will be provided. There is no required commitment to this free orientation.

RSVP at (616)365-50096 or visit www.bethany.org/rfc for more information.

My Town: 'The Surprising Story of the Three Little Pigs'

My Town: 'The Surprising Story of the Three Little Pigs'

LOWELL, Mich.-- The community is invited to this hilarious comedy production written by Linda Daugherty.

Daugherty combines three classic fairy tales, “The Three Little Pigs”, “Goldilocks and the Three Bears” and the “Three Billy Goats Gruff" and includes some surprising twists. A cast of 16 local students and adults from Lowell, Saranac, Grand Rapids and Belding brings this fun production to life.

This comedy takes place Saturday, Jan. 24 at 7:00 p.m. at the Lowell High School Performing Arts Center, located at 11700 Vergennes.

Admission is $5.00 and tickets are available at the door. The Box Office opens at 6:30 p.m. Tickets can also be purchased online at https://threelittlepigsjan24.eventbrite.com.

My Town: Mail-in cancer tests, produce programs get state funding

My Town: Mail-in cancer tests, produce programs get state funding

LANSING, Mich. – Making fruits and vegetables more readily available, cancer screenings by mail, health coaches and exercise programs are just several of the local initiatives getting funding from the Michigan Department of Community Health.

The MDCH recently announced 44 projects are getting approximately $1.34 million, including a dozen projects in West Michigan.  The grants include:

My Town: 12 tips to stay safe in this extreme cold

My Town: 12 tips to stay safe in this extreme cold

The Michigan State Police, Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division are sharing their top tips to stay safe in this extreme cold.

"As we saw last winter, these arctic blasts can create hazardous situations," said Capt. Chris A. Kelenske, Deputy State Director of Emergency Management and Homeland Security and commander of the MSP/EMHSD. "Citizens are encouraged to monitor local weather reports and follow the appropriate steps to stay safe during these extremely cold and potentially life-threatening temperatures."

Exposure to these subzero temperatures could potentially cause frostbite and hypothermia, as well as create hazardous driving conditions.

To stay safe during cold weather:

My Town: Goodwill Industries of Greater G.R. offers 'Annie' donation deal

My Town: Goodwill Industries of Greater G.R. offers 'Annie' donation deal

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Clean out your closets, help people find jobs and get a deal on tickets for Broadway Grand Rapids with the new deal by Goodwill Industries of Greater Grand Rapids.

The nonprofit organization is offering $20 off tickets to “Annie” to people who donate gently used clothing or household items to any Goodwill store. You can find the list of locations here. The coupon is good for select seats during the Jan. 13 performance at DeVos Performance Hall.  Goodwill will also be accepting gently used coats at DeVos Hall on opening night.

“Annie” runs through Jan. 13-18.  The musical is centered on a determined orphan who journeys through New York looking for her parents.  Her adventure includes foiling the plots of Miss Hannigan, who runs the orphanage; meeting President Franklin Delano Roosevelt; and finding a new home with billionaire Oliver Warbucks.

My Town: Hospitals get new funding to help newborns survive and thrive

My Town: Hospitals get new funding to help newborns survive and thrive

GRAND HAVEN, Mich.—Several West Michigan hospitals are getting funding to help ensure newborns have a better chance at surviving and thriving at home.

The Michigan Department of Community Health is awarding $10,000 to each birthing hospital to help employees identify and connect families in need to home visiting programs, including the Maternal Infant Health Program and the Children’s Special Health Care Services program.

“Michigan’s birthing hospitals have the unique opportunity help link newborns and their families to important support services as they transition home,” said Nick Lyon, director of the MDCH. “Connecting Michigan families to these resources is crucial to reducing infant deaths, improving the health of babies at birth, during their first year of life, and throughout early childhood.”