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My Town: Become a hero by giving blood during Red Cross Month

My Town: Become a hero by giving blood during Red Cross Month

During Red Cross Month in March, the American Red Cross reminds eligible blood donors that it doesn’t take a cape or super powers to be a hero. By donating blood, donors can become a hero for patients in need.

Red Cross Month is dedicated to the everyday heroes who support the Red Cross mission by giving blood, volunteering their time, learning lifesaving skills or making a financial contribution.

The need for blood is constant. The Red Cross depends on blood donor heroes in communities across the nation to collect enough blood to meet the needs of patients at approximately 2,600 hospitals nationwide. Donors with all blood types are needed, particularly those with types O negative, A negative and B negative.

To learn more about donating blood and to schedule an appointment, download the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

 

Upcoming blood donation opportunities:

My Town: Students jump their way to healthy hearts

My Town: Students jump their way to healthy hearts

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.--On Friday, Feb. 13, 1st – 5th grade students of Vista Charter Academy raised awareness for heart health by jumping around.

Students collected pledges and participated in heart healthy activities during their physical education classes. This national event was sponsored by the American Heart Association. For more information on the Jump Rope for Heart program visit www.heart.org.  

Visit www.nhaschools.com for information about Vista Charter Academy.

My Town: Mail-in cancer tests, produce programs get state funding

My Town: Mail-in cancer tests, produce programs get state funding

LANSING, Mich. – Making fruits and vegetables more readily available, cancer screenings by mail, health coaches and exercise programs are just several of the local initiatives getting funding from the Michigan Department of Community Health.

The MDCH recently announced 44 projects are getting approximately $1.34 million, including a dozen projects in West Michigan.  The grants include:

My Town: 12 tips to stay safe in this extreme cold

My Town: 12 tips to stay safe in this extreme cold

The Michigan State Police, Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division are sharing their top tips to stay safe in this extreme cold.

"As we saw last winter, these arctic blasts can create hazardous situations," said Capt. Chris A. Kelenske, Deputy State Director of Emergency Management and Homeland Security and commander of the MSP/EMHSD. "Citizens are encouraged to monitor local weather reports and follow the appropriate steps to stay safe during these extremely cold and potentially life-threatening temperatures."

Exposure to these subzero temperatures could potentially cause frostbite and hypothermia, as well as create hazardous driving conditions.

To stay safe during cold weather:

My Town: Reduce fire dangers with free smoke and carbon monoxide detectors

My Town: Reduce fire dangers with free smoke and carbon monoxide detectors

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—As temperatures drop, the risk of chimney and heater fires rises, which is why now is a good time to pick up a free smoke alarm and carbon monoxide detector from the Healthy Homes Coalition of West Michigan.

The organization is providing these devices for free to households in Grand Rapids, Kentwood and Wyoming with a child who is 14 years or younger. For more information, call (616) 241-3300 or email info@healthyhomescoalition.org.

Grandville Senior Center Offers Many Activities

Grandville Senior Center Offers Many Activities

The Grandville Senior Center is a great place to meet new people and engage in activities with others if you are 50+ in age. For additional information, call 616-531-5250.

The Center offers a variety of opportunities for older adults to remain active and healthy both mentally and physically with activities such as dance classes, exercise class, learning computer with internet, educational programs, and many more. You also have the opportunity to Volunteer if this is something you desire and enjoy.

Just sharing a meal with others can become a very satisfying thing, especially for seniors who live alone. Staying social and connected is so important for everyone. Maybe you have a friend who would consider going with you, especially if you are wary about going alone for the first time. Take time to check this Center out.

My Town Wyoming: Metro Health Hospital posts ER wait times online

My Town Wyoming: Metro Health Hospital posts ER wait times online

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WYOMING, Mich. (Metro Health Hospital) – Need stitches or a cast but don’t want to wait in an emergency room for three hours?  Find out how long you might have to wait to see a doctor by visiting Metro Health Hospital’s website before you make a trip.

West Michigan’s leading community hospital is now publishing ER wait times on its website so patients can make faster, easier decisions about where to seek treatment.  The ER wait time published at www.metrohealth.net is based on the average wait time for patients served during the previous hour and is refreshed every five minutes. The time indicates the total number of minutes “from door to doc,” meaning how long it takes after walking into Metro’s ER to wait before seeing a physician.