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My Town: Need for life-saving blood donations doesn't take a vacation

My Town: Need for life-saving blood donations doesn't take a vacation

GRAND HAVEN, Mich.—Many families are celebrating summer by taking a trip, but the need for life-saving blood donations does not take a vacation.

The American Red Cross says during the summer season, each of its blood drives falls short of meeting the needs of patients by approximately two donors.  Further complicating the issue is the short shelf life of red blood cells and platelets, which are no longer good after 42 days and five days respectively.

The American Red Cross is accepting much-needed donations during the following drives:

My Town: 'The Beauty Within' retreat for young women to be held Aug.13

My Town: 'The Beauty Within' retreat for young women to be held Aug.13

GRAND HAVEN, Mich.― Members of the St. Patrick–St. Anthony Parish and several other area churches are planning a free retreat event titled “The Beauty Within” for Wednesday, Aug. 13 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

The event will be held at Grand Haven Community Center, 421 Columbus Avenue in Grand Haven.

“This will be a grace-filled evening designed especially for young women between the ages of 16 and 23,” said Jeff Andrini, director of faith formation with St. Patrick―St. Anthony Parish. 

A light dinner will be served and attendees will hear personal testimonies to help them grow their spiritual strength and faith.

“The topic of brokenness and God’s healing power will be shared, as many individuals have experienced struggles in their lives,” added Andrini.

My Town: Consumers Energy Foundation awards nearly $39K to nonprofits

My Town: Consumers Energy Foundation awards nearly $39K to nonprofits

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Dozens of nonprofit organizations that are close to the hearts of Consumers Energy employees are getting a financial boost.

The Consumers Energy Foundation recently awarded 78 grants worth $38,350 to organizations in Michigan where Consumers employees and retirees volunteer.  Last year, nonprofits in the state received more than $8 million from Consumers Energy and its employees, retirees, foundation and parent company, CMS Energy.  

The 2014 second quarter grant recipients include:

Allegan County

  • $450 to Fennville Public Schools Youth Baseball (Loren Barnes)
  • $550 to Fennville Public Schools Youth Football (Loren Barnes)

Ionia County

  • $550 to Portland Public Schools Wrestling Club (Chad Miller)

Kalamazoo County

My Town: Survey underway to help Ottawa County be healthier

My Town: Survey underway to help Ottawa County be healthier

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OTTAWA COUNTY, Mich. (Ottawa County Health Department)Ottawa County residents, 18 years of age and older, have an opportunity to give input about local health related needs and concerns.

My Town Grand Haven: Essential oils program offered at Loutit District Library

My Town Grand Haven: Essential oils program offered at Loutit District Library

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. – Lifelong West Michigan resident and essential oils specialist Nancy Ladd will present a program at the Loutit District Library, Thursday, July 10, about medicinal and therapeutic benefits of certified pure essential oils.  

Ladd’s program, titled “How Essential Oils Can Help Your Health,” will demonstrate how to diffuse aromatically, apply topically, or cook with blends and single essential oils.

With more than16 years experience in holistic therapies and consulting practices, Ladd provides a wealth of knowledge in essential oils. She has overcome illness with healing modalities, as well as attended classes, trainings, lectures and workshops for continuing education.

The program is free and will be held in LDL’s Program Room A from 7-8:30 p.m. For more information, visit LDL’s website, www.loutitlibrary.org.

Caught Being Safe program launches statewide

Michigan State Police, local law enforcement and Michigan’s Field Neurosciences Institute have teamed up with McDonald’s of Michigan to once again launch “Caught Being Safe,” a statewide bicycle/scooter helmet safety program. Kids wearing helmets and “caught being safe” by participating law enforcement officials will treated to a free ice cream cone or Apple Dippers at McDonald’s. 

According to the Field Neurosciences Institute (of Michigan): “Caught Being Safe! has shown a significant increase in both helmet utilization and public awareness regarding the critical importance of wearing a bicycle helmet. This program has impacted not only children but adults as well.” 

My Town: Celebrate Independence Day by making a life-saving donation

My Town: Celebrate Independence Day by making a life-saving donation

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Americans are encouraged to celebrate the upcoming Independence Day by rolling up their sleeves to make a life-saving donation.

Blood and platelet donations from all types of donors are needed, as the American Red Cross deals with a summer shortage.

“Vacations and other summer activities often conflict with donation appointments for regular blood donors, which makes summer a very difficult time to collect blood donations,” said Todd Kulman, communications manager for the Great Lakes Blood Services Region. “Donations decline further near summer holidays like Independence Day. A blood or platelet donation now can help sustain an adequate blood supply this summer.”

 The Red Cross must collect 15,000 blood donations daily to meet the needs of patients across the country.  From June 30, through July 7, all donors will receive a commemorative Red Cross t-shirt, while supplies last.