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American Red Cross is out for blood

American Red Cross is out for blood

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—It’s Halloween time, and the American Red Cross is out for blood. 

This month, the organization is partnering up with the Grand Rapids Ballet to offer donors a buy one, get one free coupon to the company’s performance of “Dracula.”

“Much like Dracula needed blood to stay alive, thousands of hospital patients also need this precious resource to survive,” said Todd Kulman, communications program manager with the Great Lakes Blood Services Region. 

This year’s production of Dracula returns with a newly orchestrated score and updated scenery and projections.

The American Red Cross will be holding blood drives at the following locations:

Hope College sports medicine lecture to discuss importance of sleep

Hope College sports medicine lecture to discuss importance of sleep

HOLLAND, Mich. – The importance of sleep to functioning and health will be the focus of an address at Hope College by sleep researcher Dr. James B. Maas on Thursday, Oct. 10.

The presentation begins at 7 p.m. in Dimnent Memorial Chapel. The public is invited.  Admission is free.

Meijer partners with Priority Health to help as open enrollment for health insurance begins

Meijer partners with Priority Health to help as open enrollment for health insurance begins

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (Meijer) – Meijer, the Grand Rapids, Mich.-based supercenter chain, announced today that it is partnering with Priority Health, Michigan's leading health plan, to raise awareness and help customers obtain information regarding their options as open enrollment for health insurance begins under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). 

The Michigan-based entities have unveiled a Health Reform and You! website at http://www.meijer.com/aca and are also providing informational brochures for customers at 203 Meijer pharmacy locations in Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and Kentucky.

Help save lives with a 'Night of Nets'

Help save lives with a 'Night of Nets'

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Enjoy a “Night of Nets” while helping prevent malaria in Zambia during next week’s Cornerstone University games. 

Cornerstone is teaming up with Hope and Calvin colleges to purchase bed nets that prevent infected mosquitoes from spreading malaria.  The first of five fund-raising games took place Saturday, September 14.  The next benefit is Tuesday, October 1 at 7 p.m. during the Cornerstone men’s soccer game against Siena Heights.  The last match-up to prevent malaria will be Wednesday, October 2, as the Cornerstone women’s volleyball team takes on Aquinas. 

Each suggested donation of $6 will provide a bed net for a family in Zambia.  Over the past three years, the Night of Nets campaign has generated more than $35,000 to purchase nearly 6,000 bed nets for families living in sub-Saharan Africa.  Cornerstone’s goal this year is to raise $30,000 for the project.

Car wash and bake sale for man in need of organ donation

Car wash and bake sale for man in need of organ donation
HOLLAND, Mich.—A car wash and bake sale will take place at Lakeshore Transmissions this weekend, to help a Grandville man in need of a liver transplant.

John Castaneda was diagnosed with liver cancer last year.  While he awaits a transplant, Castaneda, 57, faces steep medical bills.  The average liver transplant costs approximately $575,000, and that doesn’t include a lifetime of follow-up care and daily anti-rejection medications.  Castaneda will also be forced to temporarily relocate 150 miles from home during recovery, leading to substantial expenses for food, travel and lodging.

Three-county campaign to Take the Stairs kicks off September 3

Three-county campaign to Take the Stairs kicks off September 3

Organizations in Kent, Ottawa and Muskegon counties are teaming up this week to encourage people to take the stairs.

Take the Stairs Week runs September 3 through September 6.  The three-day campaign is meant to encourage people to become more physically active while saving energy.  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, graphic designs promoting healthy behavior have been shown to motivate stair users; that’s why Kendall College of Art and Design at Ferris State University created images for this campaign.  Free color signs are available at the Heart of West Michigan United Way for businesses and organizations with escalators or elevators.

Participating agencies include:

The American Institute of Architects, Grand Rapids Chapte

Come hungry, leave full: Free food distribution August 23

Come hungry, leave full: Free food distribution August 23

Hundreds of struggling families will fill their cupboards with free food Friday, August 23.

The Ottawa County Community Action Agency will visit four communities to distribute food to low-income residents, including:

  • Community Action House, 345 West 14th Street, Holland (1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.)
  • Love, Inc., of Southeast Ottawa County, 3300 Van Buren, Hudsonville (1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.)
  • St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, 920 Fulton, Grand Haven (10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.)
  • V.F.W. Post 5598, 511 North 68th Avenue, Coopersville, (10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.)

 The food distribution is made possible through the Emergency Food Assistance Program.  Each family can take home one box containing applesauce, beef stew, carrots, canned chicken, corn, cranberry sauce, dry mixed fruit and nuts, cranberry-apple juice, mixed fruit, orange juice, pears, canned pork, potato flakes, tomato sauce and diced tomatoes.