To the Editor:
I am blessed to be part of a wonderful organization, Love INC. We consistently see about 30 families each day, six days a week from our community seeking assistance. These needs can be anything from needing food, shelter, clothing or any other basic needs most of us take for granted.
Donations haven't been keeping up with the need. One of the areas where it is so apparent is in our food pantries. You could see empty shelves in our pantries.
Meijer ran a two-day event called "Simply Give," in which each $10 donated to Love INC pantries became $30. To promote this event, I asked our newspaper, the Grand Haven Tribune; and our radio station, WGHN, to help get the word out. I just want to send a quick note to let you know how much we appreciated the coverage of the food pantry needs for Love INC.
As a result of the coverage in the Tribune and WGHN, it made a couple of things real obvious: There are a lot of people who appreciate and read the Tribune and listen to WGHN. Your stories are relevant and cause a reaction from its readers and listeners. The Tribune and WGHN are used to do good in our community. We live in a great community where people really do care about each other and respond when they are made aware of the needs.
We have also received financial donations in the mail with a copy of the front-page article from the Tribune.
We aren't out of the woods yet; we still can use more donations. But what Meijer, the Tribune and WGHN did helped make a huge difference to help feed people. Most importantly, we owe it to our wonderful community. Our local media got the word out and our community responded with its time-tested, consistent generosity.
Kevin Hook and Eric Kaelin: thank you very much for providing a quality hometown paper and radio station that really cares about our community. God bless you.
— Eric Morgan, President/CEO/Love INC Tri-Cities