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School Supply Santa collecting again

School Supply Santa collecting again

The School Supply Santa all started eight years ago, thanks to Denise Kooiker of Byron Center, MI. Once again she is asking for your donations for kids in the Grand Rapids areas to start the upcoming school year.

Donations are distributed to administrators at schools in Byron Center, Kentwood, Wyoming, Kelloggsville, Godwin, Godfrey-Lee and Vista Charter Academy. Adding to the list this year are Rockford and Grandville schools.

Donations of backpacks and all school supplies can be dropped off at all the Kent District Library branches, local Starbucks and Biggby coffee houses, Talsma Furniture stores, Macatawa Banks, Byron Community Recreation and Gaines Township Hall. The drive runs from August 1 – 28. More information is available at the School Supply Facebook page at Facebook.com/SchoolSupplySanta.

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Forks ready for Hudonville's Salad Bowl Bash on August 8th.

HUDSONVILLE (WZZM)-- The Hudsonville Chamber of Commerce is hosting their third annual Salad Bowl Bash on Saturday, August 8th. The festivities begin at 2:00 p.m. at the Farmer's Co-op at 3302 Prospect Street.

For more information, visit the Hudsonville Chamber of Commerce website.

Grand Rapids Balloon Festival begins

HUDSONVILLE, Mich. (WZZM) -- A wide array of colors will be floating across West Michigan skies this weekend as the second annual Grand Rapids Balloon Festival gets underway.

27 pilots will take a total of four flights during a competition in an attempt to win thousands of dollars in cash prizes.

The two-day festival begins Friday at 5 p.m. at the Hudsonville Fairgrounds, located at 5235 Park Ave. SW, with carnival games, crafts, and other activities for children.

The event is free but proceeds raised from pilots offering $5 tethered rides will benefit the Children's Miracle Network. That money stay in West Michigan to provide services at Helen DeVos Children's Hospital.

Activities are subject to change based on weather. Below are a schedule of events.

Vehicle hits bicyclist, slams into Jenison school

GEORGETOWN TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) -- Ottawa County Sheriff's deputies have identified the man on a bike hit by a car Wednesday morning.

Glenn Orgega, 59, is in critical condition after the accident at Sandy Hill Elementary near Baldwin St. and 20th Ave.

The driver, Shirley Brisbin, 73, had a green light when Ortega crossed in front of her, investigators said. She swerved to miss him, hit a tree and became airborne, then crashed her SUV into the school building.

Crews had to cut her out of her car but her injuries were minor.

Jenison Public Schools SUperintendent Tom TenBrink tells WZZM 13 the crash caused "significant damage" to two school walls.

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Bone marrow drive held for 9-year-old battling leukemia

GRANDVILLE, Mich. (WZZM) -- She's only nine years old but has endured what many never have to go through their entire lives.

Lola DeYoung has leukemia and a rare genetic marker. That makes finding a bone marrow match tough.

"Out of all of the people on the registry, millions and millions of people on the registry, there is no one who is a perfect match for her," says her father, Matt DeYoung.

3 children hurt in Jamestown Twp. crash

JAMESTOWN TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) -- Three children were hurt, two critically, in a crash Thursday afternoon in Ottawa County.

Investigators say an 18-year-old man from Dorr pulled up to a stop sign at 32nd and Adams, but then drove into the path of another car. The force of the collision caused the teenager driver's car to spin into a third vehicle.

A 9-year-old girl was critically injured and had to be airlifted to the hospital. A 9-year-old boy was taken to the hospital and is in critical condition.

Another 8-year-old was taken to the hospital, but his condition is not known. The drivers involved were not hurt.

Police say everyone was wearing a seatbelt.

Grandville PD releases photos of vehicle in robbery

GRANDVILLE, Mich. (WZZM) -- We're getting a look at the vehicle a gunman used to get away after robbing a Grandville party store.

Police say the gunman who robbed Mel's Party Store a week ago used the pictured vehicle to get away. It's a dark-colored Ford Explorer from the early '90's, with a light blue or teal front bumper.

Anyone who may have seen it is asked to call Grandville police at 616-538-6110. You can also call Silent Observer at 616-774-2345 or 1-866-774-2345.