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The Salvation Army of Genesee County begins Christmas in July

FLINT — On July 25, from noon-4 p.m., Walmart of Grand Blanc in conjunction with theGenesee Valley Tractor Collectors Club of Michigan will kick off, a partnership with The Salvation Army; Christmas in July, which will collect toys for children in need .

Shoppers visiting Walmart (located at 6170 S. Saginaw Rd in Grand Blanc) on Saturday, July 25, will have the opportunity to drop off new, unwrapped toys, at the tractor or in bins. Toys will be distributed to parents for their children on Christmas morning.

“Very few people are thinking about Christmas, but for The Salvation Army, we’re only three months away from the start of our Christmas season.

“Walmart and the Genesee Valley Tractor Club of Michigan has been a big supporter of The Salvation Army and we are so appreciative of all their hard work,” said John Ringwelski, the 2015 Christmas Chairman for The Salvation Army of Genesee County. “This year, our hope is to provide more children with a Christmas toy that they would not receive otherwise.”

Christmas in July is an effort to network with groups and get them to commit to adopting angels, kettles, and creating change in the community by ringing a bell for a few hours. If you’re interested, you can contact Lydia Sanchez­Roat at 810-600­4497. There is also a Text to Give campaign for people who just wish to donate. Text the word “DREAM“ to 91999 or visit, you can also contact Joy Martinbianco at 810-232­1684 for more information on the Text to Give program.

The Salvation Army of Genesee County gives thanks for Walmart and the Genesee Valley Tractor Collectors Club of Michigan, our valued partners in Doing the Most Good. – G.G.

UM Department of Urology to offer pediatric care at Flint clinic next week

FLINT – The Chair of the University of Michigan Department of Urology, David Bloom, M.D., will begin visiting the Hamilton County Health Network’s Flint Clinic, located at 2900 N. Saginaw Street, starting this week.

Through U-M’s C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital, Bloom will see patients with a wide range of pediatric-specific conditions, including testicular pain, penile abnormalities and hernias. He will start with quarterly visits with the potential to increase visit frequency in the future.

“The extraordinary work of the Hamilton Community Health Network in Flint has been evident to me for many years,” Bloom said. “Our Department of Urology has been involved in the area from a research perspective with the Flint Men’s Health Study, and the opportunity to extend our involvement with clinical care at Hamilton is a natural step in this growing relationship.”

The University of Michigan Health System partners with other health systems and medical practices at more than 20 locations across Michigan to offer specialty outreach clinics on a regular basis.

Details: Call 810-406-4943. – G.G.

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