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American Red Cross looking for more donors during National Blood Donor Month

American Red Cross looking for more donors during National Blood Donor Month

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—January is National Blood Donor Month, and the American Red Cross wants to thank all those who role up their sleeve to help save lives.

“Every day in our country, approximately 44,000 units of blood are needed in hospitals to help treat trauma victims, surgery patients, organ transplant patients, premature babies and patients receiving treatment for cancer and other diseases,” said Todd Kulman, communications manager of the Red Cross Great Lakes Blood Services Region. “As the New Year begins, it is the perfect time to honor donors for their commitment to helping save lives through the simple act of giving blood and platelets throughout the year.”

January can be a difficult month to fill the need for blood and platelet donations because of winter weather and seasonal illnesses.  If you’d like to help, the following blood drives are planned through the next month:

 

American Red Cross looking for more donors during National Blood Donor Month

American Red Cross looking for more donors during National Blood Donor Month

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—January is National Blood Donor Month, and the American Red Cross wants to thank all those who role up their sleeve to help save lives.

“Every day in our country, approximately 44,000 units of blood are needed in hospitals to help treat trauma victims, surgery patients, organ transplant patients, premature babies and patients receiving treatment for cancer and other diseases,” said Todd Kulman, communications manager of the Red Cross Great Lakes Blood Services Region. “As the New Year begins, it is the perfect time to honor donors for their commitment to helping save lives through the simple act of giving blood and platelets throughout the year.”

January can be a difficult month to fill the need for blood and platelet donations because of winter weather and seasonal illnesses.  If you’d like to help, the following blood drives are planned through the next month:

Volunteers invited to package 10,000 meals Feb. 8

Volunteers invited to package 10,000 meals Feb. 8

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.-- On Feb. 8, Kids Against Hunger – Grand Rapids will come together with about 100 community volunteers to package 10,000 meals for hungry children and their families.

The event will take place at St. Matthew Lutheran Church, located at 5125 Cascade Road in Grand Rapids. The public is invited to join the effort  or cheer on volunteers between 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. This event has been made possible through fundraising by St. Matthew Lutheran Church and sponsorship from Thrivent Financial.

With 26 community based events last year, Kids Against Hunger is a productive contributor in the fight to end world hunger. The organization helped feed more than 1,380,000 starving children in 2013 alone.

The meals packaged Saturday will be equally distributed for disaster relief,  third world countries in dire need and local food pantries, including Kids' Food Basket and the John Knox Food Pantry

Courageous girl undergoing surgery for neuroblastoma at Helen Devos Children's Hospital

Courageous girl undergoing surgery for neuroblastoma at Helen Devos Children's Hospital

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.--The family of Brooke Hester is asking for your prayers as she undergoes surgery for complications from the pediatric cancer, Neuroblastoma at the Helen DeVos Children's Hospital in Grand Rapids. 

For more details on Brooke's battle, please visit her site  http://www.BrookeFightsBack.org.

Thank you for supporting our Brooke through her journey!

To learn more about Brooke's foundation, please visit http://www.BrookesBlossoms.org or find her on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/BrookesBlossoms or on Pinterest at http://www.pinterest.com/BrookesBlossoms or Twitter @BrookesBlossoms.

New community center opens to the public Jan. 18

New community center opens to the public Jan. 18

COMSTOCK PARK, Mich.—  A new community center will officially open to the public this Saturday, Jan. 18.

The York Creek Community Center is located at 3999 Alpenhorn Dr. NW.  The center services as a meeting place where local organizations can provide a variety of classes, programs and community events, free of charge.

The new facility features meeting rooms, a common area, a kitchen and a computer room equipped with 10 computers. The center is provided by York Creek Apartments but all classes and programs are run by partner organizations, including:

West Michigan firms among 100 Best Companies to Work For

West Michigan firms among 100 Best Companies to Work For

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Four Michigan businesses have made it onto FORTUNE’s list of 100 Best Companies to Work For, and two of them are right here in West Michigan.

Accounting firm Plante Moran came in at No. 23 on this year’s list.  The Grand Rapids-based business says it’s made the cut 16 consecutive years.  Plante Moran is celebrating its 90th anniversary this year.  The company employs 978 people.  Some perks of employment include on-site child care on Saturdays during tax season, paid time off to support community outreach projects and a “buddy” system for new employees.

Medical device manufacturer Stryker jumped 19 spots to No. 42.  The Kalamazoo-based business is recognized for providing opportunities for employees to see products in action by observing surgeries. Detroit-based Quicken Loans took the top spot among Michigan companies, coming in at No. 5.  Credit Acceptance, based in Southfield, ranked 52.

LaughFest adds new event: FUNderwear Run 5k

LaughFest adds new event: FUNderwear Run 5k

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—  Organizers of this year’s LaughFest are adding a new event: the FUNderwear Run 5k.

The inaugural 5k event, presented by Universal Forest Products, will take place Sunday, March 9.  Participants are encouraged to wear their finest and funniest underwear over their running clothes, to show their support of Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids.  Runners can also support the organization by collecting race pledges for Gilda’s Club through active.com.

The 3.1 mile trek begins at 10 a.m. at the Grand Rapids Community College Ford Fieldhouse.  Registration is $25 prior to Feb. 20; after that date, the cost is $30.  The price includes an official race t-shirt. For more information, visit the event page here.

The FUNderwear Run is best suited for ages 18 and above.