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More than 3,000 toys were collected and turned over to two local churches for distribution to more than 300 children in the Grand Haven area through the Lakeshore Marine Corps Toys for Tots, according to local volunteer Bill Peake.

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FERRYSBURG — The most challenging months for international students in West Michigan are approaching, as their homesickness intensifies, weather becomes bitter and daylight shortens; along with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic resulting in additional challenges, according to Western Michigan Ch…

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Area firefighters were at several Northwest Ottawa County locations this past Friday and Saturday collecting toys and financial donations for the annual American Legion Goodfellows Crusade for Toys.

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There are 332 days until Halloween 2021, but that didn’t stop local teachers Ian Overway and Josh Walters from extending the costume season.

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School and business closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic continue to have an effect on local non-profit ventures, including the Crusade for Toys, which is put on by the American Legion Goodfellows and area fire departments.

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Patrick Moran, executive director of the Greater Ottawa County United Way, didn’t mince words when describing how COVID-19 has affected his organization.

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For the past 17 years and counting, the Soup For All fundraiser has provided steaming bowls of soups to satisfy grumbling stomachs while also offering aid to West Michigan’s most needy.

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GRAND HAVEN TWP. — The Bucs Care Pantry will continue to serve students despite Grand Haven High School’s switch to online classes until Nov. 30, pantry director Angie Prieditis said.

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HOLLAND — Greater Ottawa County United Way held a virtual luncheon last week to celebrate this year’s Week of Caring – an extension of the organization’s Day of Caring.

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The Grand Haven Area Community Foundation has granted more than $625,000 to area for-impact organizations serving individuals, families and communities most impacted by COVID-19.

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SPRING LAKE TWP. — A yard sale held for the benefit of Operation Christmas Child was rained out Saturday and rescheduled for this coming Saturday, Sept. 19, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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Linda Lewis is about as invested in raising awareness for kidney disease as it gets.

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WEST OLIVE — A lesson in care and giving turned into a bigger production than anticipated when West Olive brothers Ben and Jake handed in their donation recently to the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office.

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In just 15 days, more than 190 individuals and organizations came together to contribute to the Grand Haven Area Community Foundation's $150,000 Restoring Hope Challenge Match, which is raising money for the Community Relief and Recovery Fund.

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Due to the coronavirus closures in March, the Tri-Cities Women Who Care were unable to meet in person, but the philanthropic group still responded to the needs of their neighbors.

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The community coalition created to respond to the COVID-19 crisis has granted an additional $22,000 from the Emergency Human Needs Fund to five area nonprofit organizations that are helping our community in this time of crisis.

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Earlier this year, Grand Haven Area Public Schools administrators asked a challenging question: How can we blend hands-on learning with philanthropy and create an opportunity to engage students who were not already involved in other extracurricular activities?

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The community is being asked to save Seven Steps Up, a local concert venue that is in danger of closing due to revenue loss during COVID-19 pandemic.

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At this time, most vital human services organizations in Ottawa County will remain open and accessible to those seeking assistance. These agencies will continue to ensure vulnerable citizens are housed, fed and healthy during the COVID-19 pandemic, county officials said Tuesday.

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C2C Gallery is hosting a fundraiser featuring art and live music from noon to 8 p.m. Saturday, March 14.

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MUSKEGON — Heidi Naperala admits that she had “no idea what I was getting into” when she agreed to participate in this year’s Dancing with the Local Stars event.

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Gracious Grounds, a Grand Haven-based nonprofit housing organization for adults with unique abilities, says it has received a monetary gift in the “seven figures” to its newly established endowment fund.

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Reading Enables Adult Development (R.E.A.D.) recently announced the appointment of three new board members: Tracy Riley, Aimee Wilson and Susan Lowe.

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The Greater Ottawa County United Way said this week that it has raised 70 percent of its $2.2 million goal for the 2019-20 annual community campaign.

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The Greater Ottawa County United Way said this week that it has raised 70 percent of its $2.2 million goal for the 2019-20 annual community campaign.

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The nonprofit education organization, Do More Good, has announced the addition of two directors to its board beginning in 2020. Paige Riopelle, principal of Riopelle Design Group, and Craig Clark, owner of Clark Communication, will be added to the leadership roster in January.

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The annual Soup for All event took place Thursday, Nov. 21 at St. Patrick-St. Anthony Catholic Church.