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Good News You Need for May 20

Posted at 9:43 AM, May 20, 2020

The Grand Rapids Downtown Market has started a new program called "Feed The Family- Feed The Frontline."

A $15 donation feeds one healthcare worker or $60 feeds a family of four. Frontline facilities that will receive donations includes Spectrum Health, Mercy Health, Metro Health, and AMR West Michigan.

All donations to the program are tax deductible. To make a donation, head to

2019 Grand Valley State University and founder of Locker Lifestyle, Katarina Samardzija is helping frontline workers.

Her company makes athletic headbands that have been tested for comfort and fit by marathon runners. Now with the help of her grandmother, who's a seamstress, they are now sewing buttons on the headbands to hold masks.

The pocket headband for women and men has non-slip get dots and a pocket in back, secured by Velcro to carry money, keys, or even a spare mask.

Learn more by going to

The Salvation army Little Pine Island Camp has a new playground. On Tuesday, Scully Statewide Moving removed the Kaboom Playground from the former Pulaski Park on the corner of Fifth Street and Muskegon Avenue.

Salvation Army Divisional Commander Major Glen Caddy says "We're grateful for this opportunity to relocate this wonderful playground to Little Pine Island Camp. It will be well used and enjoyed by our campers, when they are allowed to return."

Since 1996, Kaboom! has collaborated with partners to build, open, or improve more than 16,000 playgrounds.

At Calvary Christian Academy in West Branch, Yoda is teaching English grammar in language arts classes.

Heidi Bruder worked as a teacher after graduating from Cedarbille University in 2003. Then, she spent the next 13 years raising her four children. Last year, Bruder returned to the classroom.

She usually teachers a very interactive class, so this March when students switched to online learning, she knew she needed to step up her game. That's when the costumes started.

The large amounts of interaction on Bruder's page show just how successful these characters have been.

Nothing reminds us of strolling through a shopping mall quite like the smell of freshly baked soft pretzels. But since people are staying at home, Auntie Anne's wants to help.

They've launched a DIY At-Home pretzel kit. It's available online for $20 and includes the ingredients and a recipe to make 10 pretzels. Just add your own butter to give the golden brown dough its glossy finish.

the pretzel company says the orders typically ship within two to three business days of purchase and then deliver within five.