This holiday season, BizStream set out to help children in the community stay warm this winter. We aimed to donate 100 hats and mittens to students in the Grand Rapids Public School (GRPS) system with our Warm Heads, Warm Hands, Warm Hearts project.
Can you imagine waiting for the bus, playing outside at recess, or walking home from school without the proper winter weather attire?
That’s the reality for a lot of children in the Greater Grand Rapids area. In fact, approximately 86 percent of students enrolled in GRPS are from low income households. These families often times find it difficult to provide their children with much needed winter gear.
This year BizStream set out to make a difference.
We kicked off our project at our annual Chili Cook Off back in October where BizStream team members, friends, and family excitingly contributed hats and mittens of all sizes, colors, and styles. Community members continued to donate through November and into early December.
BizStream is proud to report we collected 103 pieces, and are still receiving donations! With the help of GRPS, our donations will be given to children enrolled in the GRPS Student Homeless Program and to Sitty’s Wish, a free winter wear boutique for Grand Rapids Public School’s students.
It's our hope that our gathered donations make a positive impact in keeping a few more children warm this season.
If you'd like to donate, we are happily accepting donations! Please drop off (new) hats and mittens in the BizStream lobby.
Do you know of a need in the community? We are always looking for suggestions for our next project. Please contact Michelle with ideas.