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My Town Holland: Harbor Humane Society seeks roof donations

My Town Holland: Harbor Humane Society seeks roof donations

HOLLAND, Mich.—The extremely rough winter has taken a toll on Harbor Humane Society.

The nonprofit is now asking for donations to help replace its roof, which was damaged by massive ice dams, leaks and water damage.

“Our roof was already in need of dire repair due to age, the unprecedented snowfalls this season has accelerated the demise of our roof. We were not planning on this unexpected expense now, but we have 200 to 300 furry little faces on any given day who we’re charged with keeping warm and dry and safe,” says Operations Director Jeff Stiegman.

Harbor Humane Society’s goal is to raise $50,000 to replace the roof and repair other resulting damages. If you’d like to help, tax-deductible donations can be made online through the Harbor Humane Society website or by sending a check to:

 Harbor Humane Society

14345 Bagley

 West Olive, 49460

2014 Lenten Fish Fry Listings

2014 Lenten Fish Fry Listings

(WZZM) - Find your 2014 Lenten Fish Fry here!

If you have any questions or need some clarifications, be sure to call the locations ahead of time.

 

Click here to add your organization's Fish Fry. We'll update the list periodically.

 

My Town: Two communities join Great American Meatout Day

My Town: Two communities join Great American Meatout Day

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—The City of Kalamazoo will recognize the Great American Meatout Day this Thursday, March 20.

Mayor Bobby Hopewell recently signed a proclamation encouraging community members to skip the meat and opt for meals filled with vegetables, fresh fruits and whole grains. His proclamation discusses the health, environmental and animal welfare benefits.

This is the 30th year for the Meatout campaign, organized by the national nonprofit Farm Animal Rights Movement.  FARM says the lives of 8,000 can be spared if 30,000 people commit to going meatless for one full day.

Holland’s Thai Palace Restaurant also plans to show its support for the event with a vegan “feed-in” Thursday.  The restaurant plans to serve up free samples of vegan food to patrons. Thai Palace is located at 977 Butternut Drive.

My Town: American Red Cross continues history of helping

My Town: American Red Cross continues history of helping

For 133 years, the American Red Cross has taken the lead in organizing an army of volunteers to help communities devastated by disasters.

Without volunteers, the organization wouldn’t function.  That includes the more than 3.5 million people who volunteered to give blood last year, providing  a life-saving resource for patients in about 3,000 U.S. hospitals and transfusion centers. 

 “While the world changes around us, our mission never does,” said Todd Kulman, communications program manager for the American Red Cross Great Lakes Blood Services Region. “We’re all about helping others during times of great need – and we can do that because of the generosity of countless volunteers and donors—including people who roll up their sleeve and give blood.”

If you’d like to join the efforts, the following blood drivers are scheduled:

My Town Holland: Maple Sugar Time on March 15 & 16

My Town Holland: Maple Sugar Time on March 15 & 16

HOLLAND, Mich.-- The public is invited to experience the spring ritual of making maple syrup at the historic VanRaalte Farm located at 1076 Adams Street in Holland.

On March 15 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and March 16 at 12 p.m., participants have the opportunity to tap a tree, gather the sap, witness how Native Americans made sugar and then a visit the sugar house.  In the old barn, enjoy samples of ice cream topped with homemade maple syrup and check out the collection of maple syrup, maple candy and maple soda for purchase.

Admission is $1.00 per person. No registration is required,  but guests are asked to park in the 16th Street parking lot and walk to the Barn to check in.

For additional information, call (616) 355-1490 or visit www.cityofholland.com and click on the calendar.

My Town Zeeland: Farmer donates winnings to families in need

My Town Zeeland: Farmer donates winnings to families in need

ZEELAND, Mich.--  A Zeeland farmer is doing his part to help Third World  families in need.

Alvern Poest has donated $2,500 to Paradise Bound Ministries to provide food, medical care and housing to struggling families in Guatemala.

“I think this a great opportunity,” Poest said. “This organization builds houses in Guatemala. We went a few years ago, and it was a great experience. This money will give other people in the community a chance to go there and help people that don't really have anything.”

America’s Farmers Grow Communities works with farmers to support organizations like Paradise Bound Ministries. The program offers farmers a chance to win $2,500 which is then donated to the farmer’s nonprofit organization o f choice.  Since its inception in 2010, America’s Farmers Grow Communities has led to more than $16 million in donations to more than 6,500 nonprofit organizations nationwide. 

My Town Holland: West Ottawa to dance for pediatric patients

My Town Holland: West Ottawa to dance for pediatric patients

HOLLAND, Mich.—West Ottawa High School students will be dancing the evening away this Friday to help children at Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital.

This is the second year West Ottawa’s National Honor Society has held the Dance Marathon to benefit pediatric patients.  Hanna Paquette will be among the students dancing from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.

“I dance because if these kids can fight through sickness, the least I can do is support them for six hours," said Paquette, a West Ottawa junior.