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NEWAYGO COUNTY, Michigan – November is National Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Month and TrueNorth Community Services marked the occasion with three community events to raise awareness while also addressing the issues.

On Saturday, November 2, TrueNorth distributed coats to children, women and men at the Coats for Kids (& Adults) Distribution. Through the program’s efforts, coats have gone directly to 657 children and adults, with another 500 coats distributed through schools and other organizations. New and gently used coats were collected at sites across Newaygo County in a month-long collection. TrueNorth also distributed scarves, hats and other cold-weather apparel. Coats for Kids (& Adults) is supported, in part, by grants from The Gerber Foundation and the Fremont Area Community Foundation, The Burlington Coat Drive (a partnership between Burlington and Delivering Good) and many caring donors.

On Wednesday, November 13, TrueNorth hosted its Senior Thanksgiving Luncheons. A home-cooked Thanksgiving meal with all the trimmings was served up, including 20 turkeys, donated by Sysco, which were prepared by Ridge Specialties staff and volunteers, to 354 seniors and developmentally-challenged adults at two seatings. More than 80 volunteers from Gerber Life Insurance, ChoiceOne Bank, Newaygo County Commission on Aging, Transitional Health Services and the community at large helped prepare and serve the meals and cleaned up afterward. The Fremont Christian School Choir also performed.

Over the first couple weeks of November, Fremont Christian School middle schoolers volunteered to pack 175 bags of pantry staples, personal care items and holiday treats for local seniors. The Senior Harvest Baskets were delivered on Friday, November 15, by volunteers from NestlĂ© Gerber and the Fremont Lions Club.  

In addition, TrueNorth’s Housing & Family Services Division is collecting personal hygiene and feminine care products from now through November 24 at the public libraries in Croton Township, Fremont, Grant, Hesperia, Newaygo and White Cloud. The drive’s goal is to help others get back on their feet.


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