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My Town: Feeding America West Michigan Food Bank celebrates record-setting year

My Town: Feeding America West Michigan Food Bank celebrates record-setting year
COMSTOCK PARK, Mich.— With only a few weeks left in what will be its second record-setting year in a row, Feeding America West Michigan Food Bank is asking the community to remember families in need this holiday season.

 

 
“It’s painful to think that our neighbors are dealing with hunger issues at this time of year,” said CEO Ken Estelle. “We’re asking people to think about how they can get involved and make sure everyone is provided for.”
 

 

My Town: A lesson in giving from Parkside Elementary School students

My Town: A lesson in giving from Parkside Elementary School students

ROCKFORD, Mich. -- WZZM 13 is celebrating the end to yet another successful Toys for Tots School Spirit Challenge, thanks to an army of students scattered across West Michigan.

More than 40 schools participated in this year's drive, collecting more than 11,000 toys. Parkside Elementary School brought in 181 toys.

For additional toy totals and videos, visit the WZZM 13 Toys for Tots page.

My Town: Meadow Ridge Elementary students collect hundreds of Toys for Tots

ROCKFORD, Mich. -- WZZM 13 is celebrating the end to yet another successful Toys for Tots School Spirit Challenge, thanks to an army of students scattered across West Michigan.

More than 40 schools participated in this year's drive, collecting more than 11,000 toys. Meadow Ridge Elementary students are donating 347 toys.

For additional toy totals and videos, visit the WZZM 13 Toys for Tots page.

My Town: Consumers Energy Foundation awards $26K to nonprofit groups

My Town: Consumers Energy Foundation awards $26K to nonprofit groups

KENT COUNTY, Mich.— Dozens of nonprofit organizations across Michigan are getting a boost from the Consumers Energy Foundation.

As part of its Volunteer Investment Program, the foundation is awarding more than $26,000 in grants to charities supported by Consumers Energy employees and retirees.  The most recent recipients include:

My Town: WAVE Award winners

My Town: WAVE Award winners

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—The businesses and people who take the Grand Rapids experience above and beyond are being honored.

More than 60 people were nominated for this year’s Way Above Visitor Expectations (WAVE) awards.  A panel of judges whittled down the nominees to just eight who exceled in attitude, attentiveness, performance, knowledge and consistency within the local hospitality industry. 

Guests and employers nominated over 62 individuals in eight categories between April and October. A judging panel evaluated the nominees on a set of criteria, including the individual’s attitude, attentiveness, performance, knowledge and consistency within the local hospitality industry. Winners were selected in the categories of Restaurants/Breweries, Attraction/Events, Lodging 150+ Rooms, Lodging less than 150 Rooms, Nightlife, Retail/Service, Volunteer in Hospitality and Transportation.

The 2014 winners include:

My Town Rockford: Bank damaged by fire celebrates reopening with donation

My Town Rockford: Bank damaged by fire celebrates reopening with donation

ROCKFORD, Mich.—  A bank that was damaged in a fire last year is back open for business.

During the summer of 2013, the Huntington Bank at 6835 Belding Road NE was hit by lightning, sparking a fire.  After undergoing renovations, the bank celebrated its grand reopening last month by donating $500 to the Cannon Township Fire Department.  The check will go to the Great Lakes Burn Camp.

“We have a strong, loyal base of customers here and we really wanted to take advantage of this opportunity to thank the Rockford community for their continued business as we worked to renovate this branch and provide them with a superior banking experience,” said branch manager Bob Jones. “The entire community, particularly the Cannon Township Fire Department, was there when we needed them and this is our chance to thank them for helping us out.”

St. Patrick-St. Anthony Parish to Hold Fair Trade Gift Sale Dec. 6-7

St. Patrick-St. Anthony Parish to Hold Fair Trade Gift Sale Dec. 6-7

GRAND HAVEN, Mich.-- One-of-a-kind crafts and food items from artisans and farmers from 30 developing countries will be available Saturday, Dec. 6 and Sunday, Dec. 7, during the St. Patrick-St. Anthony Parish Fair Trade Gift Sale.

The general public is invited to attend and support artisans and farmers move toward sustainability.

“We are offering this event to promote moral spending, which is a conscious act to support both the artisan and product.  Through the Fair Trade co-operatives in developing countries, chocolate and coffee farmers as well as other artisans receive a fair price for the items they produce and sell here in the United States,” said Sally Moser, co-chairwoman of the St. Patrick―St. Anthony Social Justice Commission.