Grand Rapids Home for Veterans

Community service group to host United We Knit event

January 14, 2010 // 0 Comments

Over 700 hand-knit items to be donated to Grand Rapids Home for Veterans In the aftermath of the Civil War, the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans was constructed to meet the needs of Michigan veterans. Today, the home continues to serve as a symbol of Michigan’s promise to her veterans, providing compassionate, quality, interdisciplinary care for its 700+ residents so that they may achieve their highest potential of independence, self-worth, wellness and dignity. Throughout the home’s 124-year history, countless individuals and organizations have stepped up to help those who selflessly served our nation. Many veteran residents have limited support from family, and as Frank Snarski, director of the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans, succinctly noted, “Community support is critical in meeting the physical and emotional needs of our veterans.” Fortunately, two organizations are combining forces to help kick off the decade and ensure that the residents of the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans remain warm throughout the winter. Cast Off the Cold, a community service initiative based in Rockford, is hosting United We Knit on Sunday, Jan. 24, from 1 to 5 p.m. in the David D. Hunting YMCA Community Room, located at 475 Lake Michigan Dr., downtown Grand Rapids. The goal of the event is to knit and collect scarves, hats and mittens, which will be given to the veterans as Valentine’s gifts. Free parking for the YMCA is available in Dash Lots 7 and 9, north and west of the YMCA main entrance. The event is free and open to the public. Cast Off the Cold was founded in 2007 by Ashley Gremel, when she was a 15-year-old Rockford High School sophomore. To date, Cast Off has donated more than 1,500 scarves and hand-knit items to homeless shelters in West Michigan and Lansing. Gremel invites knitters of all ages and levels of experience to join her and other Cast Off contributors at the United We Knit event. “This is a great opportunity to show our thanks for our veterans, and also have some fun with fellow knitters,” said Gremel. “We will have volunteers to help beginners, plus complimentary refreshments. For decades, groups have been hosting ‘knit ins’ as a way to serve our country… from knitting socks, hats, mittens and scarves during the […]

Letter to the Editor — November 23, 2009

November 23, 2009 // 0 Comments

American Legion thanks volunteers Dear Editor,             “Thank you, thank you” to everyone who helped with the Halloween party this year. From creative ideas, building props (hours of sweat and time), setting up and tearing down, to attending and having a good time at our annual fundraiser for the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans. Our guests of honor were surely missed this year due to the early flu season, but I’m sure they were in all our thoughts as Darcy sang the “National Anthem.”             We had a tremendous show of support by the following businesses/individuals with their donations for advertisement, food, supplies, decorations, raffle, etc. Please take a minute to thank them if ever given the chance: Dee’s Family Restaurant Scorpion Printing West River Carpet Kent Skills Center Society of Saint Vincent DePaul Flashback Sysco JCI Brookfield Equipment Recovery JCI Acoustics SMTE & WAVE JCI Maplewood Leuuw’s Painting Menard’s of Holland Estate Warehouse Norman Foods Smart Buy, Inc. Kremo Bakery Costco Meijer Walmart B&B Distributing Kent Beverage, Westside Beer Farm Bureau (Clark Agency) Gerri at RHS Aseltines Road Kill Bingo WFGR 98.7 WZZM13 The Rockford Squire Detroit Lions Detroit Tigers Detroit Red Wings Grand Rapids Whitecaps Grand Rapids Griffins Grand Rapids Civic Theatre Grand Rapids Symphony Candy Cove (Sparta) Odawa Casino Blue Chip Casino Amway Grand Hotel The Corner Bar Frame & Mat Shop Rockford Floor Covering NAPA Burlap ‘n Rags Sheldon Cleaners (Rockford) Jody’s Restaurant Samuel’s Family Haircare Roxy’s Massages Rockford Ace Hardware Mustang Band …and anyone I may have forgotten!             A special thanks goes to the creative geniuses, Cory, Gary, Jacquie and Norm, and our judges:  Juliet Dragos (WZZM), Beth Altena (The Rockford Squire), Keary Sawyer and Todd “Michaels” Chatman.             I had a good time. Thanks!   Iny Couturier American Legion Post 102