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Group brings 100 sandwiches and bags of clothes downtown for Thanksgiving Day giveaway

John Koval, owner of Smitter Pest Control Management, organized the giveaway Thursday
Posted at 1:32 PM, Nov 26, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-30 10:13:03-05

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — The folks at a local pest control company decided to spend their Thanksgiving morning giving back to their community, bringing warm meals and bags of clothes for those dealing with homelessness.

John Koval, owner of Smitter Pest Control Management on Division Ave, decided to organize the event because of the hardship so many in West Michigan are currently facing.

“A few weeks back, I was sitting in my office and said, you know what, the line of work I do, pest control, I see a lot of things, you know, that are shutting down and how it's hurting a lot of people," Koval told FOX 17 Thursday morning.

"I just said, you know what, I'm going to give back to my community, I'm going to give back to the homeless."

They passed out 100 Subway sandwiches, clothes, shoes and toiletries. Koval was even able to get several family members and co-workers to join him.

“A bunch of my friends heard about it on Facebook, and here we are. A lot of people helping me out, from clothing to food, gloves, socks and everything," Koval said.

“And having a couple people coming up to me and saying thanks for caring about us on a day like today, when we should be giving thanks.”

People continued showing up throughout the morning, grateful for Koval's efforts.

“What makes me feel good is, I know its hard to see with the mask on, but I can see the smiles underneath that mask, that they feel good someone cared about them.”

Smitter Pest Control Management is still working through the pandemic. You can find out more about them and the services they offer at their website.