“Be prepared and do a good turn daily” were Scout attributes recently displayed by the Cub Scouts from Pack 3285 at Crestwood Elementary School. While on their community service apple-picking trip to DK Orchards, the Scouts were treated to a major downpour of rain. “But the wet weather did not dampen the Scouts’ enthusiasm for helping others,” said Pack Chairman Guy McLellan. “The boys picked five bushels of apples that we were able to donate to the Kids Food Basket.” In addition, they also picked another bushel that was shared by the group of 15 boys who participated in the event. “It’s great to have the boys at the orchard and I think it is wonderful that they are putting others before themselves with this project,” said orchard owner Billie Jo Klein. DK Orchards donated a half bushel of apples to the group and the rest were funded through their profits from the Scouts’ annual popcorn sale. Kids Food Basket is a nonprofit organization that provides a sack dinner to students in Grand Rapids Public Schools. The Scouts’ efforts provided fresh apples for over 600 students served by the program. To learn more about Kids Food Basket and how you can help, visit their website at www.kidsfoodbasket.com.
On Wednesday, Nov. 25, two events will take place: one based upon social networking and the other based upon helping Rockford families who have fallen on tough times. The latter is the 2009 Ultimate Turkey Bowl to benefit God’s Kitchen North, which will take place from 7 to 11 p.m., at The Score Restaurant and Sports Bar, 5301 Northland Drive NE, Grand Rapids. Individuals will be making contributions to earn the right to become Top Turkey Bowler or earn the title of Top Hen Tosser while enjoying the sounds and videos of the infamous Jimmy Buffett on the large screens throughout The Score. There will also be a donation barrel so folks can drop off food items. All food items and funds raised will be donated the next day, Thanksgiving Day, to God’s Kitchen North in Rockford. The former is the inaugural event of the newly established Parrot Head Club of Grand Rapids, an organization founded by Kelly Henrickson of Belmont. “There are so many needs in our area. Why not host events that center around having fun while doing good for our neighbors at the same time?” Henrickson stated. There are over 200 Parrot Head clubs throughout the country, Canada and Australia. The Grand Rapids club is the 210th. God’s Kitchen North, a program of Catholic Charities West Michigan, serves hot meals to those in need in northern Kent County. Every Thursday evening, meals are served from 6 to 7 p.m. at Our Lady of Consolation Parish’s family center, 4865 Eleven Mile, Rockford. This no-cost dinner is served to anyone who visits. For more information, contact Kelly Henrickson at (616) 447-1980, or e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A lesson to learn Dear Editor, Some people want a right to guaranteed health insurance, and the right to choose poor diets, and take a nap at the mention of the word exercise. The more we emulate foreign countries by putting our hope in centralized government by asking it to take care of us, and the less we rely on the private enterprise system, the more we will be like the foreigners. I thought they came here to be like us with the benefits of free enterprise, personal responsibility and personal initiative. Ted Kennedy said health care should be a “right, not a privilege.” Gerald Ford said, “A government big enough to give you everything you want is a government big enough to take from you everything you have.” Thomas Jefferson said, “I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them.” There is a saying: If you want to teach a teenager a lesson, let them have what they want. If we get what Kennedy and Obama want, we may all be taught a lesson. Denny Cochran Rockford resident