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There are unmet needs across the community all year-round, not just during the holidays. But the month from Thanksgiving to Christmas is when many nonprofits bring in a huge portion of their yearly funding, as people get into the giving spirit.

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Around this time every year, as you just start to enter the Village of Spring Lake, a collection of Christmas trees appears at a local church.

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The typical long lines waiting for a warm bowl of soup were nowhere to be found at Thursday’s annual Soup for All lunch.

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FRUITPORT — This year marks the ninth Battle of the Bayou football match between Spring Lake and Fruitport when the two rivals meet at the Trojans’ Doc Pierce Field on Sept. 17.

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The Greater Ottawa County United Way is putting on its annual Stuff the Bus drive through Aug. 4 to provide kids in need with backpacks and school supplies.

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There never really seemed to be a choice when Morgan Briggs and Jose Cuenca were faced with the decision to spend thousands of dollars on risky surgery for their injured dog, or have the young animal euthanized.

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There never really seemed to be a choice when Morgan Briggs and Jose Cuenca were faced with the decision to spend thousands of dollars on risky surgery for their injured dog, or have the young animal euthanized.

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Last year, the Greater Ottawa County United Way was just wrapping up a $2 million fundraising campaign when COVID-19 forced massive shutdowns all over the world.

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The Board of the Grand Haven Area Community Foundation has announced five second-round Community Impact grant awards, totaling $308,000 and in support of Northwest Ottawa County and our surrounding communities.

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Tri-Cities Women Who Care held their first-quarter meeting by Zoom in March and selected Ferry Elementary School’s Experiential Learning Program as the recipient of more than $27,000.

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The Grand Haven Area Community Foundation GHACF has granted $216,231 from its Community Relief & Recovery (CR&R) Fund to 11 area for-impact organizations serving individuals, families, and communities most impacted by COVID-19.

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On May 18, 1971, the Grand Haven Area Community Foundation was formed when 12 community members each wrote a check for $100 to help support various groups throughout the Tri-Cities.

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The food pantries of Love in Action of the Tri-Cities will be able to feed thousands of hungry families thanks to Meijer stores and their customers who participated in the retailer’s spring hunger relief program.

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Love in Action recently announced a partnership with Meijer to provide relief to local families facing food insecurity through the Grand Rapids-based retailer’s customer-driven hunger relief program.

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A year after COVID-19 made The Momentum Center’s 2020 Prom with a Purpose impossible, the event and fundraiser returns next month with both personal and virtual options.

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Volunteers are being sought for a series of events being sponsored over the next few months by Lilley Cares, a foundation set up by local residents Robert Lopez and Patrick Roggenbau to encourage community in the Village of Spring Lake.

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Tri-Cities Women Who Care held their fourth-quarter meeting via Zoom in December and selected Soup For All as the recipient of more than $27,000.

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GRAND HAVEN TWP. — Around Grand Haven High School, Patti Vredeveld is affectionately known as Mamma V.

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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.