Two West Michigan organizations create T-shirts to boost cash for Proxmire household

KALAMAZOO COUNTY, Michigan – While West Michigan continues the loss of Sgt. Ryan Proxmire, organizations and community members hope to show their support to the family by raising money for them during this difficult time.

The West Michigan community is gathering to find ways to save Sgt. Ryan Proxmire and his ultimate victim.

Two different T-shirts are already in the works, the proceeds will go to the family.

“It’s just so unfathomable that something like this would happen. I just feel so terrible for the Proxmire family and the law enforcement family, “said Laurie Smith, founder and president of the Forever Strong Memorial Foundation.

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Kalamazoo County comes after the death of Sgt. Ryan Proxmire.

the Forever Strong Memorial Foundation started helping again in 2016 after two tragedies in Kalamazoo County.

“That’s why I made it: to give back and remember and remember not just those two tragedies, but everything that will happen to our community in the future that will affect literally everyone,” said Smith.

Laurie Smith’s husband and son were both killed in one of those tragedies when an Uber driver went on a rampage across town.

Just like others for her, she has created a t-shirt that is still in the works and the proceeds of which will go to the Proxmire family.

“You are deaf for the first year and a half, two years. You will need money to comfort yourself. If they don’t feel like cooking, make sure the kids have what they need. The list goes on and on, ”said Schmied.

The support doesn’t just stop local, like Sgt. The memory of Ryan Proxmire extends well beyond West Michigan.

In Grand Rapids, Flashpoint Firearms LLC said they wanted a way to show their support and they also created a t-shirt.

“The idea was just one way of figuring out how to identify the fallen. People who have the shirts made because it officially states the person’s name and when it was time to watch,” said Lisa., Owner of Flashpoint Firearms LLC Mayo .

Mayo said she felt it was important to support those who risk their lives every day to protect everyone else.

“We’re from West Michigan; I grew up here. We need to come together as a community to support everyone,” Mayo said.

The t-shirts, designed by the Forever Strong Memorial Foundation, cost about $ 12. You can Click here acquire.

To purchase the Flashpoint Firearms LLC t-shirt, you can visit their storefront at 5357 Alpine Avenue in Grand Rapids. They cost $ 25 each.

Parishioners can also honor him personally at a memorial service on Sunday. It will take place at 1 p.m. in the Miller Auditorium on the Western Michigan University campus

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Veteran Organizations are elevating cash for Veterans within the Joplin space | KSNF/KODE

JOPLIN, MO – Several veterans’ organizations in the area had stalls set up at the stop today.

Among them was “Our Veterans First”.

She’s raising money to build a small village for veterans in the Joplin area, similar to Kansas City.

The hope is to raise $ 1,500,000 to fund construction.

The village will provide temporary housing to veterans for up to 2 years until they are ready to come out on their own.

“We have between 30 and 50 veterans on the streets of Joplin every day who are either homeless or at risk, and we believe we can do better, we should do better,” says Michelle Lee, President, Our Veterans First .

For more information on Our Veterans First or the Nation of Patriots Tour, please see the links below.

Marines march by West Michigan to boost consciousness, cash for veteran organizations

ALLENDALE, Michigan – Side by side and step by step, a group of current and former Marines set out along 68th Avenue in Allendale on Sunday.

“It was good, it was fun,” said Ryan Hucks. “Our bodies hurt, but it was interesting to walk the path.”

Hucks, Daniel Kersting and Alex Livingston have been traveling all over Michigan since Friday. The hike started in Lansing and ends in Grand Haven on Memorial Day.

Last year, Kersting, who lives in the Greater Grand Rapids area, felt the need to give something back. So he called a few friends and created “100 miles for a mission. ”

“I just asked them to do this crazy thing and they said ‘OK’,” said Kersting.

Each leg is dedicated to raising awareness and spending money on it Everything possible, a non-profit providing trauma relief to children, women and war-torn service members, and Mighty Oaks Foundationthat is more focused on the veterans and their transition home.

“They don’t know exactly what your paycheck, health care, benefits, and anything that almost raises doubts,” Hucks said. “I think that’s the hardest part, not knowing if you have a place.”

Kersting went through the program himself after his service and says he can confirm its effect.

“They have a faith-based program that is really down to the core and really helping these veterans,” Kersting said. “It’s not just about awareness. They come to the problem and help you overcome it. “

The group says they raised $ 10,000 and hope each step makes a difference in helping veterans and those around them.

At the end of the trip there will be a Murph Challenge at Grand Haven City Beach at 4 p.m.

It is an annual training designed to honor those who have died while serving.

Anyone can join, but a $ 30 donation to one of the organizations is recommended.

Starvation Heroes! Foodbank challenges Hampton Roads organizations in meals, cash assortment competitors

For the fourth time, the Foodbank is holding its Hunger Heroes competition in southeast Virginia and the east coast. The demand for food is increasing in the region.

NORFOLK, VA. The Southeast Virginia Foodbank continues to confuse the question of how people can donate food and money to feed Hampton Roads neighbors struggling with food insecurity.

Hunger heroes is a food and fundraising contest open to local businesses, sports teams, clubs, youth groups, and families, starting on May 17th and culminating on June 11th.

Participants earn points for every pound of food donated or dollars raised, as well as other activities – such as volunteering, coordinating a food drive, posting on social media, and helping other teams register.

These points are added at the end of the competition and the organization with the most points wins.

Emma Inman, vice president of programs and development at the food bank, said Hampton Roads is no stranger to food security.

Foodbank expects food insecurity to increase by 17% for individuals and by 18% for children in southeast Virginia and the east coast in 2021 compared to 2019.

“We distributed about 17 million pounds of food at Hampton Roads during the pandemic. The average amount of food we distributed in the pre-pandemic years was typically 15 million,” Inman said. “This number only shows the great need in our region.”

Inman said it was a way to stir up excitement in a helpful effort, saying, “We want a little edge. This competition picks up on that spirit and puts everyone in a really friendly competition in order to be able to help our neighbors.”

At the end of the competition, the Foodbank will count donations and distribute them to families and individuals in Hampton Roads.

Inman said you still have time to check in before Monday. If you want to involve your organization, Click here.

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Rockford organizations kind committee to make leisure extra inclusive

Posted: Mar 16, 2021 / 6:08 PM CDT
Updated: March 16, 2021 / 6:08 p.m. CDT

ROCKFORD, Ill. (WTVO) – Rockford organizations come together to find ways to be more inclusive.

RAVE and Friends of the Coronado formed a DEI (Diversity, Equity and Inclusion) committee.

The group provided insights into breaking down barriers and ensuring an inclusive environment for entertainment and programming in local facilities.

These include the BMO Harris Bank Center and the Coronado.

A RAVE board member tells us that the committee will work to make local organizations more welcoming.

“We’re moving from this immediate action step to making sure we are continuously engaged and actually accountable when it comes to our goals because that is definitely something we will focus on in the long game. It won’t happen overnight, but we’re committed to being more inclusive, ”said Martesha Brown.

See the full explanation below:

RAVE and FOC publicly declare our commitment to take actionable steps to support the commitments below through collaborative approaches and the establishment of a community committee, the EDI Advancement Committee (Justice, Diversity and Inclusion).

Our commitments are as follows:

  • We will look for programs that appeal to different target groups.
  • We will remove financial barriers to programming.
  • We will create a welcoming environment for everyone by providing diversity and inclusion training to employees and volunteers.
  • We will implement accountability measures that will help make the customer experience fair.
  • We will build trust through transparency in rental and partnership opportunities.
  • We will work better with our community groups to ensure that partnership opportunities exist.
  • We will ensure that our marketing is a reflection of our diverse community, our region and our visitors.

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