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Create Great Community

Create Great Community

“When I was a boy and I would see scary things on the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.'”

– Fred Rogers

As COVID-19 (Coronavirus) continues to spread, we have been thrilled to see community businesses and local partners stepping up to lend a hand for organizations in need.

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  • Last week, Nothing Bundt Cakes delivered nearly 1,200 personal-sized bundt cakes to employees at Spectrum, Metro Health and Mercy Health as a way to show gratitude for the healthcare workers working tirelessly amid the COVID-19 outbreak.
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan donated $500,000 to support community organizations, such as Kids’ Food Basket, to provide meals to children and support efforts to protect seniors and other individuals.
  • As high demand dried up the supply of hand sanitizer, Spectrum Health struggled to secure enough for its hospitals and clinics. Amway employees were eager to help. They rushed production of hand sanitizer at no extra cost to Spectrum Health. Products arrived less than a week after the request.
  • Meijer will be donating $4 million to United Way agencies across the Midwest to support their urgent efforts to address the many ways the coronavirus (COVID-19) is impacting our communities.
  • Although temporarily closed to the public, Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park is still working to bring joy to the community. Their staff is bringing the beauty of the facility into homes, with “virtual visits,” livestreams of the butterfly exhibit, and daily story time with staff. Follow along on their Facebook page.
  • In light of scarce supply, New Holland Brewing Company’s leadership team began working as quickly and as safely as possible to make hand sanitizer in bulk for healthcare workers and those who need it most.
  • Meijer and SpartanNash have both introduced special hours for store guests most at risk of contracting coronavirus (COVID-19).
    • Meijer:
      • 7:00 – 8:00 a.m. Tuesdays & Thursdays for senior citizens and customers with chronic health conditions
      • 7:00 – 8:00 a.m. Mondays & Wednesdays for essential workers, including medical staff, law enforcement and first responders
      • Learn more here.
    • SpartanNash:
    • Including Family Fare, D&W Fresh Market, Family Fresh Market, Forest Hills Foods, Ada Fresh Market, and others
      • 7:00 – 9:00 a.m. Tuesdays & Thursdays older adults, pregnant women and immunocompromised individuals
      • Learn more here.

If you see businesses or individuals stepping up to Create Great in our community, tag the post with #CreateGreatCommunity. In these extremely challenging times, we want to spread positivity and share all of the amazing work that is being done in West Michigan and beyond.

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