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Extreme winter conditions cut into blood donations

Extreme winter conditions cut into blood donations

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—The recent winter storms and extremely cold temperatures are taking a toll on donations to the American Red Cross.

The organization says more than 7070 blood drives were cancelled last month because of the weather—leading to a loss of more than 25,000 blood and platelet donations. On average, the Red Cross must collect about 15,000 pints of blood each day to supply medical centers. 

“While thousands of people from across the country responded to the call for blood and platelet donations issued by the Red Cross in January, there continues to be an urgent need for blood donors with type O, especially type O negative,” said Todd Kulman, communications program manager for the Great Lakes Blood Services Region.

Kulman says the recent uptick in cold and flu cases is also taking a toll on blood donations.   Community members are encouraged to donate blood at one of the following drives:

  • Feb. 4, 12 p.m.

My Town Holland: Hope College students to participate in dance marathon March 7-8

My Town Holland: Hope College students to participate in dance marathon March 7-8

HOLLAND, Mich. – For the 15th consecutive year, hundreds of Hope College students are putting their time and talents into the campus-wide Dance Marathon fundraiser, “Giving Hope to Kids”.

Organized by Hope students, the 24-hour event is conducted on behalf of Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital in downtown Grand Rapids, both to raise funds and to build awareness of the hospital’s work. It will be held at the college’s Dow Center, with the main portion of the marathon beginning with a kickoff celebration on Friday, March 7, at 7 p.m.

Hundreds of people set to volunteer in Holland's SOUPer Bowl

Hundreds of people set to volunteer in Holland's SOUPer Bowl

HOLLAND, Mich.-- On Sunday, Feb. 2, Kids Against Hunger – Grand Rapids will team up with more than 400 members of Providence Church in Holland to package 20,000 meals for hungry children and their families.

The event will take place at the Holland Civic Center located at 150 W. 8th Street.  It's been made possible through fundraising by Providence Church.

During the food packaging, volunteers will also participate in a “Walk for Warmth” through the community,  to raise money for the Salvation Army. 

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

Snow aplenty for Zeeland 'Wintervention'

Snow aplenty for Zeeland 'Wintervention'

ZEELAND, Mich.— They wanted snow, and they got it.

The flakes were in abundance on Saturday, Jan. 25 for Zeeland’s fourth annual Wintervention.  The event was previously cancelled in 2012 and 2013 because of a lack of snow.  This year, only high winds and frigid temperatures led to a few minor changes.

Approximately 50 people came out to join in the festivities and take part in the four-city snowman building competition.  The team of volunteers used plastic trash cans and buckets as molds for their four-foot snowmen.  In all, Zeeland participants built 156 snowmen in two hours, earning the city second place.  Three Rivers took the top spot, creating 421 snowmen on Saturday.  Saline came in third with 123 snowmen, followed by St.

Hope College Concerto and Aria Concert Rescheduled to Jan. 28

Hope College Concerto and Aria Concert Rescheduled to Jan. 28

HOLLAND – Hope College has rescheduled its annual Concerto and Aria Concert featuring student soloists performing with the college’s orchestra to Tuesday, Jan. 28, at 7:30 p.m. in Dimnent Memorial Chapel.

The public is invited.  Admission is free.

The event was originally scheduled for Friday, Jan. 24, but was postponed due to inclement weather.

The concert will feature seven students who were selected through a competition held this past October.  The students and selections they will be performing with the orchestra are:

Rebecca Flinker, a soprano and junior from Leeds, Mass., singing “Art is Calling for Me (I Want to be a Prima Donna)” from the opera “The Enchantress,” by Victor Herbert;

Eve Panning, a violinist and junior from Holland, performing the first movement from the “Violin Concerto in D minor,” by Jean Sibelius;

Tom Renner to receive "Hope for Humanity Award" from Hope College on Feb. 15

Tom Renner to receive "Hope for Humanity Award" from Hope College on Feb. 15

HOLLAND, Mich.– Tom Renner, who retired last month after serving at Hope College for 47 years, will receive the “Hope for Humanity Award” from the college’s alumni H-Club during halftime of the home Hope women's basketball game on Saturday, Feb. 15, at the DeVos Fieldhouse.

The presentation was originally scheduled to take place during the college's Winter Happening on Saturday, Jan. 25, but was postponed due to region-wide inclement weather.

The game on Saturday, Feb. 15, will begin at 3 p.m. and will feature the Flying Dutch playing Trine University.  Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for those under 18, and will be available at the door.

Hope College Winter Happening returns Jan. 25

Hope College Winter Happening returns Jan. 25

HOLLAND – Carcinogens in the environment, a children’s village in Rwanda, the art and architecture of sacred spaces, wolves in Michigan, the Macatawa Watershed and Greek drama in the Americas will all be featured during the annual Hope College Winter Happening on Saturday, Jan. 25.

Winter Happening will feature multiple seminars in two blocks in the morning, a special luncheon program highlighting 47 years of photos and story by retired Hope publicist Tom Renner, and a home men’s basketball game with Kalamazoo College. Open to the general public, the event is sponsored by the college’s office of public and community relations.

Admission to the seminars is free.  There is an admission charge for the luncheon and the basketball game.

The morning will feature six seminars, three at 9:30 a.m. and three at 11 a.m.  The 9:30 a.m.