In Brief

Winter boots arrive in time

FLINT — Health Alliance Plan’s “Boots for Kids” winter boot drive came to a close just in time for a winter storm which brought the biggest snowfall of the season.

With the help of community partners throughout the region, HAP surpassed its 2011 goal by collecting more than 600 pairs of new winter boots for children served by Carriage Town Ministries of Flint, City Rescue Michigan of Saginaw, Flint Eastside Mission, Good Samaritan Rescue Mission of Bay City, Love INC of Greater Lapeer and Pathway Shelter of Port Huron.

The final shipments of boots went to: Carriage Town Ministries, City Rescue Mission of Saginaw, Flint Eastside Mission, Good Samaritan Rescue Mission, Love INC of Greater Lapeer and Pathway Shelter.— G.G.

Volunteer training begins

GOODRICH — Training for Genesys Hospice volunteers runs every Tuesday and Thursday evening from 6-9 p.m., through Feb. 24. Training takes place at the Genesys Hospice Care Center, located at 7280 St. State Road in Goodrich.

Hospice volunteers are needed to visit patients in their homes, provide companionship, offer respite and serve in many other capacities — offering transportation, delivering or picking up medical equipment, writing letters for patients, reading to patients, performing light housework duties, and offering bereavement and spiritual care support.

Volunteers also are needed at the Genesys Hospice Care Center, a 22-bed facility located in Goodrich. This center provides residential hospice care for terminally ill patients as well as inpatient level of care for symptom management.

Training focuses on the hospice philosophy, developing listening skills, gaining awareness of feelings regarding death and dying, patient care, spiritual care and bereavement.

If you would like to sign up to serve as a Genesys Hospice volunteer, or would like more information about the training program, call 810-636-5021.— G.G.

ARC to hold Valentine’s event

GRAND BLANC — The American Red Cross Genesee-Lapeer Chapter will host a Valentine’s Celebration Feb. 12 at the Jewel of Grand Blanc. The evening will include a dinner buffet, comedian Russ Brown, along with a silent auction and cash bar. Tickets are now being sold for $30 per person or $50 per couple.

Sponsorships are available for business card-sized ads as well as a dessert table where everyone would see you name. Auction items are also needed.

Details: Call 810-257-0747. — G.G.

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