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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:

Free workshop for plant-based lifestyles Jan. 18

Free workshop for plant-based lifestyles Jan. 18

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.—Those who are vegetarian and vegan curious are invited to visit the Coopersville Area District Library for a free workshop Saturday, Jan. 18.

The event will include demonstrations on detoxing, juicing and creating satisfying and healthy smoothies.  There will also be information on how to kick off a plant-based lifestyle.

The workshop runs from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.

Banking on Goodwill: ChoiceOne helps the hungry

Banking on Goodwill: ChoiceOne helps the hungry

SPARTA, Mich.—Employees of ChoiceOne Bank are helping to end hunger in West Michigan, one can at a time.

The Sparta-based bank began a can collecting contest at all of its branches Nov. 11.  Staff and customers at each of the bank’s dozen branches were encouraged to donate 100 cans or more to help families in need during the holidays. Overall, ChoiceOne collected 1,743 canned goods for four area pantries.

 “We value the families in our communities,” said James Bosserd, president and CEO of ChoiceOne Bank. “It is our hope that our families live and grow in a community supporting each other. This contest helps to truly begin to think about the importance of community. It’s a local thing.”

The branch with the most cans was also awarded extra funding to donate to their local pantry.  

Irwin Seating helps to connect the dots

Irwin Seating helps to connect the dots

Earl Irwin smiles when he walks a section of the bike/walking trail west of Irwin Seating, located near Four Mile Rd NW & Fruitridge Ave NW.

Not too long ago, Irwin donated land to help with the nearly completed connection of the Fred Meijer Pioneer Trail, the Musketawa Trail in Ottawa County and the Fred Meijer White Pine Trail in Kent County. Irwin Seating has also dedicated a parking lot on the north side of Irwin Seating as a Trail Head for people using the trails and a place to park their vehicles while on the trails.

What use to be a wood chip trail for employees to walk has now become a trail for everyone to use, according to Irwin. The former trail was built to encourage Irwin Seating employees to take advantage of a walk on their breaks, lunch hour or after work.

Through the efforts and private donations such as this, all these trails are available to the public to use and enjoy.

Schedule of American Red Cross blood drives

Schedule of American Red Cross blood drives

 

 

Schedule of American Red Cross blood drives in

Allegan, Kent and Ottawa Counties

 

In Doubt About Giving Blood? You Could Be Eligible.

Some health concerns not an issue when donating

 

Lansing, MI—October 25—Think you’re not a good candidate for blood donation? Think again. Sometimes, people with high blood pressure and diabetes suspect they are not eligible to give blood. Many cancer survivors also believe they will be deferred because of their previous illness.

 

“But that’s not always the case,” said Todd Kulman, Communications Program Manager for the Great Lakes Region of the American Red Cross.

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

Mayor to honor rescuers who saved girl's life

Mayor to honor rescuers who saved girl's life

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.—On Monday, Mayor Kenneth Bush is expected to honor an Ottawa County deputy who helped save a teenager’s life.

On July 23 around 5:40 p.m., a 14-year-old girl suffered a seizure on the soccer field of Coopersville Public Schools.  Deputy Chris Reuwer was first to arrive on scene and found the girl was not breathing.  He began administering CPR with the help of Coopersville Rescue Squad 471 members Jason Karell, Joshua Swart, Patti Eldred, Adam Sherman and Erica Acton.  When the girl did not respond, Reuwer grabbed the automated external defibrillator from his patrol vehicle and shocked her heart once.  The rescue team then continued CPR until the girl’s pulse returned.  She was breathing on her own as she was taken to Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital.

 On July 29, the 14-year-old girl was released from the hospital and is expected to make a full recovery.