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My Town Walker: IHOP to serve up free pancakes March 4

My Town Walker: IHOP to serve up free pancakes March 4

COMSTOCK PARK, Mich.—Skip firing up your skillet Tuesday, March 4 and head to your closest IHOP for free pancakes.

Participating IHOP restaurants will be serving up a free short stack of buttermilk pancakes in honor of National Pancake Day.   The deal will be good from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. 

In exchange for free pancakes, customers are encouraged to donate to support Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, Shriners Hospitals for Children and other local charities.

"Our guests, our franchisees, their team members, and all of us at IHOP- look forward to National Pancake Day every year. Knowing that every free stack of buttermilk pancakes has the potential to improve the lives of the children in their own community makes serving them and eating them even more enjoyable than usual,” said Julia Stewart, Interim President, International House of Pancakes, LLC and CEO of the parent company, DineEquity, Inc.

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.

New Health Department office too small for drug disposal

New Health Department office too small for drug disposal

GRAND HAVEN, Mich.—Grand Haven residents looking for a place to safely dispose of unwanted medication will have to travel a little farther.

Because of space limitations at its new office on South Beechtree Street in Grand Haven, the Ottawa County Department of Public Health no longer offers medication disposal services at that office.  Residents are encouraged to visit any of the alternative locations in Holland, Hudsonville, Zeeland, West Olive, Grand Haven Township, Coopersville, Allendale and Georgetown Township.  For exact locations, visit the Ottawa County Health Department website here.

According to the Partnership at Drugfree.org, each year, more than 71,000 children in the U.S. are taken to emergency rooms for accidental overdoses of prescription and over-the-counter drugs.

American Red Cross in need of blood after donation drop

American Red Cross in need of blood after donation drop

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—The American Red Cross is trying to rebound after a devastating drop in donations caused by severe winter weather.

From Jan. 2 through Feb. 10, the organization says more than 1,000 of its blood drives nationwide were canceled, leading to a loss of about 35,000 blood and platelet donations.  The Red Cross says the impact is equivalent to the organization shutting down its national operations for more than two full days. 

“On average, the Red Cross must collect about 15,000 units of blood every day to help patients nationwide,” said Todd Kulman, communications program manager of the Red Cross Great Lakes Blood Services Region.  “Regardless of the weather, patients are counting on blood products to be there when needed.”

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.

Organic food delivery company celebrates record growth

Organic food delivery company celebrates record growth

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Despite the harsh winter, a Grand Rapids-based food delivery business is celebrating record growth.

Doorganics recently added another delivery van to its fleet to accommodate a record high number of organic food deliveries last month; nearly quadruple the number of orders it filled the previous year.

“This has been a very challenging winter to run a delivery-based business,” says Mike Hughes, owner of Doorganics. “Our delivery van has been pulled out of snow banks and we’ve had to increase our hours to keep deliveries running, but we are thrilled to be staying this busy to serve our largest customer base yet.”

Hughes credits word of mouth and a new online shopping system for the company’s growth.