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Blood donors treated to a free movie and popcorn

Blood donors treated to a free movie and popcorn

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—They aren’t all on the big screen.

Michigan Blood is getting ready to reward life-saving superheroes right here in the Grand Rapids community. The organization is teaming up with Celebration Cinema to offer a free movie pass and a bag of popcorn to each to person who attempts to donate blood during the holidays.

Michigan Blood needs to collect more than 2,200 units of blood every week to supply patients and hospitals around the state.  Donations traditionally drop around the holidays as people travel.

Days and times for the “Be a Star” donation deal vary around the state.  To find the location near you, visit the Michigan Blood website here.  In Grand Rapids, the following donation drives will take place in Michigan Blood’s Main Donor Center at 1036 Fuller Ave. NE:

Kentwood beer distributor taps into holiday spirit

Kentwood beer distributor taps into holiday spirit

KENTWOOD, Mich.—A West Michigan business is tapping into the Christmas spirit, one dollar at a time.

Throughout the holiday season, West Side Beer Distributing is teaming up with the businesses it supplies to sell paper Christmas ornaments for $1 each. All of the proceeds will go to God’s Kitchen; Love, Inc.; Montcalm County Food Bank; Ionia County Food Bank; South Central Michigan Food Bank in Kalamazoo; and the Lansing Area Food Bank.

West Side Beer Distributing has been donating paper Christmas ornaments for the fundraiser for 19 years.  In that time, the business has collected more than $175,000 in donations to local food banks.

Wake Up West Michigan: Toast 'n Jams

MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM) -- This morning's wake-up comes from the staff of Toast 'n Jams, in Muskegon.

 

http://www.toastnjams.com/

231-737-JAMS (5267)
3462 Henry Street
Muskegon, MI 49441

Wyoming Animal Hospital wins Celebrated Service Award

Wyoming Animal Hospital wins Celebrated Service Award

WYOMING, Mich.--- Wyoming is home to this year’s winner of Celebration! Cinema’s Celebrated Service Award.

Wyoming Animal Hospital won the public vote, which took place Nov. 12- Nov. 26.  The Celebrated Service Award was created by Celebration! Cinema to spark conversation about service in the community. Cinema employees nominated more than 300 businesses for this year’s honor.

“Celebrated service is the magic that happens when people take their work personally,” said Emily Loeks, Director of Community Affairs for Celebration!

Online voting begins for Celebration! Cinemas Celebrated Service Award

Online voting begins for Celebration! Cinemas Celebrated Service Award

MUSKEGON, Mich.— Voting is underway for the top West Michigan business that inspires the community with their service.

This is the third year for Celebration! Cinemas Celebrated Service Award.  The winner is highlighted in a promotion airing before every movie shown at Celebration’s theatres. The prize packages for the six regional winners total more than $360,000 in value, with promotions, workshops, movie watch parties and cash prizes included.

“Genuine and creative acts of service make everyone’s day better,” said JD Loeks, President of Celebration! Cinema.

Local restaurants serve up free meals to veterans November 11

Local restaurants serve up free meals to veterans November 11

Some West Michigan restaurants are honoring miliatry members  this Veterans Day by serving up free meals.

Lakeshore Partnership is also offering a free meal to veterans at 19 of its local McDonald’s restaurants.  Military identification is preferred, but not required.  Participating locations include:

Students rewarded with free Lumberjacks tickets

Students rewarded with free Lumberjacks tickets

MUSKEGON COUNTY, Mich.—When the Muskegon Lumberjacks take the ice on Wednesday, chances are some Muskegon County students will be watching, thanks to a new rewards program.

The program honors those who have excelled in the classroom with free tickets to a Lumberjacks home game. The students sit in a special section reserved and paid for by Community Schools Credit Union, County Teachers Insurance Agency and M3 Investment Services.

“Our partnership with the Muskegon Lumberjacks and area school districts is focused on promoting reading among area students. While many schools will use the tickets to recognize student reading efforts, many others already have student reward programs for positive behavior and academics in place.