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FRUITPORT TWP. — The COVID-19 pandemic has left hundreds of thousands of Michigan residents out of work and in need. Specifically, the nation’s food banks are under tremendous strain and donations are down. And with schools closed across the country, many children are at greater risk of hunger.

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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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One night in late May, Wendy Bohon and her mom were piecing a puzzle together at the dining room table when they heard from the living room a news anchor’s somber voice, prepping his audience for what they were about to see.

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Thursday would have been Vera “Petie” Oom’s 84th birthday, so a few of her family members gathered in front of her favorite local “restaurant,” Pronto Pups, to remember Petie, who died late last month.

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FRUITPORT — A month after it was originally scheduled to begin, Dancing into the Sunset was given the go-ahead by the Village of Fruitport to start the outdoor activity on Thursday, July 2.

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In looking back on his 80 years, George Barfield says he feels like the world around him puts less value on his life than others because he’s black.

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Several hundred people gathered at Central Park in Grand Haven on Thursday for a Demonstration for Racial Justice and Equality. At 4, 5 and 6 p.m., participants knelt for 8 minutes — the amount of time a Minnesota police officer knelt on George Floyd's neck, resulting in Floyd's death. 

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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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Standing up for peace is nothing new for Chrys Moelter-Gray she’s been doing it for the past year.

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Now that Michigan’s governor has given the go-ahead for libraries to open, on June 8, you should be able to return that pile of books that has been sliding around in your car for the past couple of months. Right?

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Due to the current COVID-19 concerns, the board members of the Wednesday night dances held at the Lynne Sherwood Waterfront Stadium have decided to cancel the June concerts.

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PHILADELPHIA — Jennifer Merves Robbins never really considered herself an anxious person. She even — for the most part — didn’t find it too stressful to shelter-in-place when she started working from home, helping her two kids transition to online school, and cooking dinner every night. She …

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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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Spring Lake High School’s seniors have overcome enough adversity over the past few months – they weren’t going to let a little rain dampen their spirits.

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When sisters-in-law Skylar (Bench) Garrison and Jacque (Garrison) Miller found out they were pregnant, they were excited to share the experience together.

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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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GRAND HAVEN TWP. — Amid the heartbreak in losing their son, the Yonker family agonized over the fact that, due to COVID-19, they wouldn’t be able to hold a funeral for Pierce.

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Weaving together culture, religion and life experiences, music therapist Miranda Eden helps the families of Emmanuel Hospice compile the soundtrack of their loved one’s life.

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The Tri-Cities Family YMCA partnered with several West Michigan nonprofit agencies to provide meals to residents age 60 and older during a Senior Meal Curbside Distribution event last week.

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The Michigan League for Public Policy today released the 2020 Kids Count in Michigan Data Book, which looks at key indicators in health and safety, education, economic security, and family and community.

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Last Friday, the local YMCA partnered with the American Red Cross to host a blood drive in which 37 community members donated blood that could potentially go to local hospitals.