Extending Helping Hands, with Mittens

School Families Help Each Other Out, Aided by Meijer

North Oakview students took a trip to Meijer to buy items for 15 needy families

The students and parents of North Oakview Elementary helped out 15 school families who needed a little something extra this year. Through an annual program called Helping Hands, the school set up a tree of mittens, each one containing gifts and items requested by a family. Other school families donated most of the items. For those requests that weren’t selected, first-graders took a shopping trip to Meijer, which had donated gift cards. Led by teacher Kelly Putnam and parent Stephanie Raven, the students checked out the sales ads, walked to the Plainfield Meijer and fulfilled the wish list of the 15 families in need.

Charles Honey
Charles Honey is a freelance writer and former columnist for The Grand Rapids Press/ MLive.com. As a reporter for The Press from 1985 to 2009, his beats included Grand Rapids Public Schools, local colleges and education issues. Honey served as editor of The Press’ award-winning Religion section for 15 years. His freelance articles have appeared in Christianity Today magazine, Religion News Service and the Aquinas College alumni magazine. Read Charles' full bio.

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