---- — When Kristopher and Michelle Sands found a half-starved dog wandering on Hoosier Valley Road, they had to make a decision about where to take the dog for care.
"Bay Area Pet Hospital in Traverse City allowed us to bring the dog in for emergency feeding and care, with no strings attached, rather than take him to the pound after hours, as it was below freezing and we didn't think the dog would make it through the night in the pound's after-hours outdoor holding pen," the Sands wrote. "Thank you Bay Area Pet Hospital."
The staff and board of directors of Third Level Crisis Intervention Center wrote to extend a heartfelt thank you to the Edward Jones offices in northern lower Michigan for collecting nearly 300 "care bags" for distribution to homeless and at-risk youth in northern Michigan.
Thanks also go to the youth group from Immaculate Conception Catholic Church who had a backpack drive and collected about 20 backpacks for Third Level that also will be filled and distributed to homeless and at-risk youth in the communities Third Level serves.
Blankets, socks, gloves, toiletries, snacks and bottled water were also collected to fill the backpacks.
"We at Third Level are extremely grateful for the donations and support of the community," said Norvilla Bennett, youth services director.
The Old Mission Women's Club recently awarded $1,000 grants to eight nonprofit groups in the Grand Traverse area. Grant funds were awarded to:
n Food Rescue of Northwest Michigan, for a program to help food recipients make informed decisions about food choices;n Grand Traverse Baby Pantry, to purchase new cribs and mattresses for seven infants to reduce unsafe sleeping environments;n Host Homes for Homeless Youth, to place at-risk youths in safe, adult-supervised, stable homes while they acquire a high school diploma;n Laundry Project, to provide laundry services four times a month at two facilities for nine months of the year concurrent with the school year;n Paperworks, to purchase two die-cut patterns to make Christmas cards for their busiest selling time;n Peninsula Community Library, to update its large print collection, purchase page magnifiers and provide computer classes and other programs for people 50 years old and older;n Safe Harbor, to help provide temporary overnight shelter at area churches during the winter months and a mat, blanket and tote to each homeless guest;n Traverse Health Clinic, to purchase pediatric equipment and supplies to broaden its services for children.