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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.

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.

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:

Spanish presentation of Living with Diabetes Jan. 19

Spanish presentation of Living with Diabetes Jan. 19

HOLLAND, Mich.—An estimated 25.8 million Americans are living with diabetes, and Hispanic adults are 1.7 times more likely than Caucasian adults to be diagnosed with the condition.

That’s why Holland Hospital is teaming up with St. Francis DeSales Church to host “Living with Diabetes” in Spanish.  The presentation will take place at the church, located at 171 W. 13th Street on Sunday, Jan. 19 at 2 p.m.  A registered nurse from Holland Hospital’s Center for Good Health will be leading the presentation, which is free to the public.

No registration is necessary.  For more information, contact St. Francis DeSales Church at (616) 392-6700.

Underage drinking and health resource app among grant winners

Underage drinking and health resource app among grant winners

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.---  More than $1 million in state funding will go to health care providers looking to improve service and patient outcomes.

The Michigan Department of Community Health announced the winners of the Health Innovation Grant this week.  MDCH will fund 42 projects statewide including:

Ottawa County Department of Public Health opening new office

Ottawa County Department of Public Health opening new office

GRAND HAVEN, Mich.—The Ottawa County Department of Public Health is getting ready to move into a new space in Grand Haven.

The office located at 1207 South Beechtree St. will open to the public Feb. 3.  The health department says the move is part of the county’s cost-cutting plan.

“We are moving into a new facility that better matches the services we provide in Grand Haven, while reducing costs,” said Donovan Thomas, deputy health officer of the Ottawa County Department of Public Health. “The move will also allow us to modernize our clinic and move closer to the city and better serve our residents.”