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Holland organizations receive grants from Ronald McDonald House Charities
Holland organizations receive grants from Ronald McDonald House Charities

The holidays have come early for two Holland-area organizations focused on improving the well-being of children and teens, thanks to grants totaling $22,990 from the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Outstate Michigan (RMHC).

Heights of Hope, Inc. received $12,900 for its Youth Development program which serves approximately 100 at-risk elementary and middle school students from the Holland Heights neighborhood.  The grant will provide much-needed supplies for its afterschool tutoring and creative arts programming, such as tennis shoes for exercise activities, art supplies, camp scholarships and iPads for group instruction.

Life Services System of Ottawa County, Inc. received $10,000 for its “Families United for Success” program which operates Deanna’s Playhouse, a 15,000 square-foot, barrier-free, creative play space for families with young children. With federal funding cuts, continuation of the Playhouse and its Life Services Parent Center means that high-need families --- those facing the loss of income, health needs or other crisis -- will continue to receive access to this valuable community resource.

“We are thrilled to provide grant awards to these two deserving organizations that are fully committed to the betterment of our community’s families,” said Tony Castillo, a long-time owner/operator of three Holland McDonald’s restaurants and a member of the RMHC board of directors.  “It is often said that youth are our greatest resource and the RMHC is dedicated to improving the lives of children.  We salute both of these organizations that are on the front lines of this important work.”

Any tax-exempt, 501 (c ) (3) charity that strengthens the social, physical or emotional well-being of children from newborns to age 18 is eligible to apply for a grant from the RMHC, which are issued quarterly.  Funds for the grant awards come from the red donation boxes at your local participating McDonald’s restaurant which collectively raise approximately $600,000 annually for RMHC grants, its college scholarship program and support for the Western Michigan Ronald McDonald House and the Mid-Michigan Ronald McDonald House.  For more information, please visit rmhcoutstatemi.org or find us on Facebook at facebook.com/RMHCOutstateMI.