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My Town: 'Secret Santa' strikes again- $2,600 in layaway bills paid

My Town: 'Secret Santa' strikes again- $2,600 in layaway bills paid

PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich.—A very generous Secret Santa in West Michigan is at it again.

The manager of the Plainfield Avenue Kmart says Wednesday night, a man came in and paid off about 10 layaway accounts totaling $2,600. Store Manager Pete Dunn says several other Secret Santas have come into the store since Thanksgiving, paying off accounts a couple hundred dollars at a time, but this donation was by far the biggest.

The Kmart at 4111 Plainfield Ave. has been a popular place for Secret Santa visits for years.  Last year, WZZM 13 tagged along as one Secret Santa hid and watched shoppers’ surprise when they found out their bills had been paid.

My Town: Schools awarded funding to take students to art hot spots

My Town: Schools awarded funding to take students to art hot spots

KENT COUNTY, Mich.—Thousands of students interested in Michigan’s cultural hot spots will now have a set of wheels to get there.

Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs this week announced the recipients of its latest round of grants for its Arts & Culture Trek grant program.  The organization is awarding $60,000 to 161 schools across the state, to pay for field trip transportation.  Each grant is worth up to $500 and must be used between Jan. 5, 2015 and March 29, 2015.

"A record-breaking number of Michigan K-12 teachers applied for an Arts & Culture Trek Grant this year, and the vast majority of recipients were awarded the full amount they requested," said Marianne Dorais, Executive Director of Michigan Youth Arts. "From Detroit to Kalamazoo to Flint to Marquette, this program will serve thousands of students from 42 counties across the state."

My Town: Protect your child - free car seat safety checks

My Town: Protect your child -  free car seat safety checks

LOWELL, Mich.—Two out of three child car seats are being used incorrectly, and with holiday travel ramping up in the coming weeks, now is the time to make sure your little one is protected on the road.

The Lowell Fire Department will be hosting a free car seat safety check this Tuesday, Dec. 16 from 12 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Officers and community volunteers will check each infant car seat and child booster seat to make sure they are correctly installed in your vehicle.  Qualified families can also purchase a discounted replacement seat, while supplies last.

The car seat safety check is part of Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital’s Injury Prevention program. Similar events are planned for 2015 at the following times and locations:

My Town: Assumption BVM students collect 150+ toys for families in need

My Town: Assumption BVM students collect 150+ toys for families in need

BELMONT, Mich. -- WZZM 13 is celebrating the end to yet another successful Toys for Tots School Spirit Challenge, thanks to an army of students scattered across West Michigan.

More than 40 schools participated in this year's drive, collecting more than 11,000 toys. Assumption BVM in Belmont collected 150 or more toys.

For additional toy totals and videos, visit the WZZM 13 Toys for Tots page.

My Town: Children to serenade seniors with Christmastime favorites

My Town: Children to serenade seniors with Christmastime favorites

PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich.— Some West Michigan children are warming up for a cold weather tradition.

Wednesday, members of the seventh and eighth grade band will serenade seniors at Vista Springs Assisted Living, located at 3740 Richton Ave. NE.  The 45-minute performance will include many classic carols. 

Chandler Woods Charter Academy is a free public charter school serving students in grades kindergarten through eighth.  

My Town: Donate old electronics to help Northview High seniors

My Town: Donate old electronics to help Northview High seniors

NORTHVIEW, Mich.—Make room for new holiday gifts while helping Northview seniors during the high school’s Electronic Recycling Fundraiser.

Now through Feb, 1, supporters are encouraged to drop off old electronics at Comprenew, and let employees know their donation is for the Northview Class of 2015 fundraiser. 

Comprenew is open Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.  Acceptable donations include:

  • Cell phones
  • Radios
  • Microwaves
  • VCRs
  • TVs
  • Laptops (all hard drives will be wiped out or destroyed)
  • Computer monitors, keyboards
  • Computer mouses
  • Printers
  • Speakers
  • Power Cords

For a complete list of acceptable items, visit Comprenew’s website

Proceeds from the drop-off drive will go toward an all night party for the senior class.