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My Town: Suit up and get ready to sweat during 'Go Santa Go' 5k

My Town: Suit up and get ready to sweat during 'Go Santa Go' 5k

COMSTOCK PARK, Mich.—Work off those Christmas cookies while helping families in need when the “Go Santa Go” 5k comes to Walker next month.

The family friendly 5k run/walk will unfold at Millennium Park.  A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Feeding America West Michigan Food Bank, which will be providing food to local families in need this holiday season.  Participants may also win prizes for best costume. 

For more information, visit the event page here.

My Town: Christmas Lite Show to feature more than 30k lights

My Town: Christmas Lite Show to feature more than 30k lights

COMSTOCK PARK, Mich.-- Bring holiday magic to your family this winter season with the largest Michigan animated drive-through light display, which opens at Fifth Third Ballpark Nov. 26.

The one mile tour featuring more than 30,000 trail lights and 50 displays will be open 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. through Jan. 4.  The cost is $15 per vehicle, but discount coupons are available at www.ChristmasLiteShow.com.  

Fifth Third Ballpark is located at 4500 W. River Drive in Comstock Park.

My Town: Lake-to-Lake Food Drive kicks off with turkey donation

My Town: Lake-to-Lake Food Drive kicks off with turkey donation

GRANDVILLE, Mich.—Lake Trust Credit Union will kick off its annual Lake-to-Lake Food Drive this Friday, Nov. 21 with a donation of 400 turkeys by Firekeepers Casino Hotel.

Now through the holiday season, community members are encouraged to drop off non-perishable food donations at any of the credit union’s 21 branches, including locations in Grandville, Holland and Grand Haven. The donations will go toward restocking pantry shelves at local food banks.  In the past two years, the holiday campaign has brought in more than 45,000 pounds of food.

In addition to Firekeepers Casino Hotel, Lake Trust is partnering with the Greater Lansing Food Bank, Feeding America West Michigan Food Bank, Food Gatherers, Gleaners Community Food Bank of Southeastern Michigan and Isabella Community Soup Kitchen and Two Men and a Truck.

My Town Comstock Park: Casino filling plates for the holidays

My Town Comstock Park: Casino filling plates for the holidays

COMSTOCK PARK, Mich.—Hundreds of families will have turkey on the table this Thanksgiving, thanks to a local casino.

FireKeepers Casino Hotel is donating 1,000 birds to area food banks.  That’s 200 more turkeys than when the Battle Creek casino began its annual donation in 2010.

“We are excited for the opportunity to partner with the local food banks for the fifth consecutive year,” stated R. Bruce McKee, CEO of FireKeepers Casino Hotel.  “The food banks continue to put forth a tremendous effort year-round providing meals to those in need, and this extra assistance from FireKeepers during the holiday season will benefit many families in these communities.”

My Town: Hunting for the hungry

My Town: Hunting for the hungry

LOWELL, Mich.—Deer firearm season is here and Flat River Outreach Ministries is ready to take your meat donations.

The pantry is accepting venison that’s been processed at a USDA certified facility. The closest location to FROM is Jones’ Farm Market LLC, located at 7965 Potters Road in Saranac. 

Donating venison to families in need is not a new concept. Over the past several years, Sportsmen Against Hunger has provided more than 100,000 meals annually.  Michigan Sportsmen Against Hunger has compiled a list of its participating processors, which includes Blue Star Meats in Holland, Sage’s Meat Processing in Greenville, Barb’s Deer Processing in Comstock Park.  

My Town: Diocese of Grand Rapids boosts tuition assistance; deadline nears

My Town: Diocese of Grand Rapids boosts tuition assistance; deadline nears

The Diocese of Grand Rapids is boosting tuition assistance for students, but time is running out to apply for it.

The deadline for applying for first round funding is Nov. 22.  The first round of grants will be announced in early February and distributed in early fall.

Bishop Walkowiak recently announced the Diocese is more than quadrupling tuition assistance, from $240,000 to $1 million each year.  The funding boost, made possible through donations and diocese scholarship accounts, is part of a three-year effort to make Catholic schools affordable to more families.  According to Private School Aid Service, even after all tuition assistance is distributed, Catholic school families still need $1.2 million a year.

Yule Run, I’ll Walk Returns

Yule Run, I’ll Walk Returns

Register your family soon for this 5th annual family oriented event. This fun activity gives participants the opportunity to “preview” the Christmas Lite Show at Fifth Third Ballpark located at 4500 W. River Drive in Comstock Park before it is open to the general public on November 26th.

This 5K takes place on Saturday, November 22 at 7:00pm, where the course will reveal approximately 1 million lights with over forty fun creations with animated capabilities.

 Visit www.YuleRun5k.com to Register.