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My Town: Prepare for disaster by making a life-saving donation

My Town: Prepare for disaster by making a life-saving donation

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LANSING, Mich.—The American Red Cross is among a coalition of organizations encouraging Americans to observe National Preparedness Month this September by doing simple things that make a difference when every second counts.

The Red Cross recommends three things most everyone can do to prepare for disasters or other emergencies: Get a kit. Make a plan. Be informed.

“The beauty is, those steps can be taken in advance, helping most everyone to be prepared,” said Todd Kulman, Communications Manager for the Great Lakes Blood Services Region of the American Red Cross.

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 Coopersville: Continental Dairy "cows" help Relay For Life break fundraising goal

My Town Coopersville: Continental Dairy "cows" help Relay For Life break fundraising goal

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.— Organizers of Relay For Life of Allendale-Coopersville are not only celebrating hitting their goal- but more than doubling it.

This past weekend, nearly two dozen teams raised just under $64,000.  Chloe Pakalnis with Continental Dairy Facilities says the original community goal was $30,000. 

Continental Dairy was pivotal in raising funds for this year’s Relay For Life, holding a competitive cow milking fundraiser during the day of the event.  The company also put one of its supervisors in “jail”, forcing him to raise $20 to get free.  Earlier this year, Continental Dairy also raised money for Relay For Life with the help of a “herd.”   The cardboard cows moved from yard to yard, based on property owner donations.

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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 Marne: Walkathon to help children with disabilities

My Town Marne: Walkathon to help children with disabilities

MARNE, Mich.--  The upcoming Lori's Voice Walkathon will be helping children with disabilities.

The Walkathon will take place at  the Berlin Raceway and Entertainment Complex in Marne on June 14, 2014. The benefit will also feature face painting, a yogurt truck, race cars and fire trucks.  Children are also encouraged to bring their bicycles.

Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. and the walk is from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.  Registration is $10 per person or $25 per family and includes a t-shirt for each registered walker.  For a registration form or pledge sheet, visit the Lori's Voice website here.

My Town: Mark Memorial Day season by making a life-saving donation

My Town: Mark Memorial Day season by making a life-saving donation

KENT COUNTY, Mich.—The American Red Cross is encouraging Americans to honor service men and women this Memorial Day season by making a life-saving donation of blood.

“Your blood donation at this time of year works as both a tribute and a testament to our nation’s armed forces,” said Todd Kulman, communications manager for the Great Lakes Blood Services Region of the American Red Cross. “By rolling up your sleeve, you’ll also help maintain a strong blood supply at a time of year when blood donations traditionally decline.”

Every two seconds, someone in the United States needs blood. While that need is constant, the number of people donating blood can fluctuate, particularly over the summer, when schools no longer host blood drives because they are shut down for the summer. 

If you would like to donate, visit any of the following blood drives:

My Town: Rock & roll nutrition show tours West Michigan

My Town: Rock & roll nutrition show tours West Michigan

HOLLAND, Mich.—A rock and roll nutrition show has arrived in West Michigan.

“Jump with Jill” kicked off a series of performances at five area schools Monday, with a live show at Thomas Jefferson School in Holland.  It’s one of five schools that won a statewide contest, thanks to the generosity of Michigan’s dairy farmers and milk processors and the United Dairy Industry of Michigan as part of their Fuel Up to Play 60 program. 

“Dairy is one of easiest and richest ways that kids can get the calcium they need for strong bones,” says Amy Viselli with the United Dairy Industry of Michigan. “Jump with Jill has serious fun with a serious message. They even dress up a milk jug as a rapper named Calcium.”