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Crayola donates to GISD Center

GENESEE COUNTY — The Genesee Intermediate School District (GISD) would like to thank Crayola, LLC for the generous donation of 28,800 boxes of 24 count crayons and 6,240 boxes of 8 count markers to our Center for Countywide Programs that serve children in Flint.

Through Crayola’s donation, Early Childhood Programs, including Head Start, will have all classrooms furnished with crayons and markers for the entire school year to help with critical school readiness skills.

In addition, every Flint child and family in the Head Start program will receive a set of crayons and markers for home use in conjunction with weekly homework packets to reinforce concepts and skills learned in school.

In addition, Flint Family Literacy Programs and “Early Learning Kits” will include crayons and markers that are being distributed to all families and children involved in home-based programs, to assist with teaching children at home.

Through community-wide events, these resources will be made available at health fairs, water and filter distribution sites, early childhood recruitment efforts, and family engagement activities. — L.R.

Meijer ‘Simply Give’ sets fall record

GRAND RAPIDS — The Meijer Simply Give program set a fall record with $2.5 million for food pantries throughout the Midwest, making it the most successful fall campaign in the program’s history.

Meijer customers donated more than $913,000 during the fall Simply Give campaign, and combined with a donation from Meijer, set the donation total to more than $2.5 million. The Simply Give program has generated more than $26 million since its inception in November 2008 for food pantry partners to restock their shelves and feed hungry families.

The Grand Rapids-based retailer began its Simply Give program as a way to help local food pantries throughout the Midwest achieve their mission of feeding hungry families.

During each Simply Give campaign, which runs three times a year, customers are encouraged to purchase a $10 Simply Give donation card upon checkout. Once purchased, the donation is converted into a Meijer Food-Only Gift Card and donated directly to the local food pantry.

The holiday Simply Give campaign will run Oct. 30 through Dec. 31. Meijer will double match customers’ donations Nov. 11-12. That means for every $10 donation card purchase, Meijer will contribute $20, resulting in a total $30 donation.

In addition, now through Nov. 26, Meijer will donate $5 (up to $1 million) to its Simply Give program for each flu shot administered at its 230 stores.

A video featuring a food pantry volunteer is available on the Meijer Newsroom at — L.R.

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