For residents of West Michigan, Thanksgiving means brisk fall weather, turkey with stuffing, pumpkin pie, and a little football.
It also means helping others.
A study released by the Johnson Center for Philanthropy at Grand Valley State University found that charitable giving in Kent County outpaces the national average. I wasn't surprised one bit when I read this statistic because in the 13+ years I've lived in West Michigan, I've seen residents demonstrate generosity with their pocketbooks and their time over and over again.
This year is no exception. As we prep our turkey and all the fixings on Thursday morning, lots of folks will be heading downtown to DeVos Place to serve a wonderful, free, Thanksgiving dinner to those in need on behalf of Mel Trotter Ministries.
Here are a few ways you can join the movement of generosity in West Michigan this holiday season:
- Contact the United Way, or other volunteers, to fulfill 1 of 25 Thanksgiving Wishes.
- Write a check to support Hope Network's Holidays with Hope gala.
- Fill a bag with some of these food requests to help re-stock pantry shelves during Mel Trotters Brown Bag Food Drive.
- Volunteer to help at the Grand Rapids Public Schools 5K Run/Walk on November 22.
- Bid at the Signature Chefs Auction at DeVos Place tonight to support the March of Dimes.
I'm incredibly grateful to belong to a community of people in Grand Rapids who graciously care for those around them.
Happy Thanksgiving West Michigan!