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Good News You Need for July 1

Posted at 9:43 AM, Jul 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-01 09:43:53-04

Up to 200 free bike helmets will be handed out to kids in West Michigan this month thanks to the Grand Rapids Griffins "Put A Lid On It!" bike helmet safety program.
The program will kick off its 17th summer with a pair of drive-thru helmet distributions at Griffs Icehouse at Belknap Park on July 15 and 21.
Parents or legal guardians are required to pre-register online at

Essential resources are on the way to mothers in need in Kent County.
Two men and truck picked up more than 300 boxes, full of donated diapers form Grand Rapids Salvation Army on Tuesday, and delivered them to Alpha Grand Rapids, a women's health center.
Since the pandemic, Alpha has been in need of additional supplies, and both the Salvation Army and Two Men and a Truck say they were honored to step up and help.
Alpha Grand Rapids also provides educational classes like GED tutoring, English as a second language classes, parenting classes, and pregnancy education classes.

A tiny home leads to a big surprise for a veteran right here in West Michigan.
Tabitha Foster just moved from Kentucky all the way to Sparta. Foster entered "84 Lumber's" contest to win a tiny home, and she did!
Organizers say her story about her return from Afghanistan, suffering from PTSD, was compelling. Foster moved to Sparta for a fresh start, working with her friend at Soulshine Wildlife Center.
She says her new tiny home has made the transition to Michigan easier than expected. With a masters degree in biology, Foster will soon begin working at Soulshine.

The long delayed start to the Major League Baseball season won't happen until at least July 23. But a boy in Chicago suburb has brought the ballpark to his neighborhood, to be specific, his backyard.
He built a Wrigley Field replica. There's a scoreboard, ivy on the outfield fence, and the Cubs logo spray-painted on the grass.
DJ would not say how much money was spent realizing his vision, except, "Probably more than my parents would have liked."
The only thing more to say is, play ball!

Hats off to our national postal workers today for National Postal Workers Day.
Back in 1913, the postal service started delivering packages up to 11 pounds.
You could send anything as long as it didn't weigh too much, literally. People could even send children through the postal service for the price of 15 cents.
Little James Beagle, barely under the weight limit, was delivered to his grandma just a few miles away.