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My Town Lowell: Police department repaid in kindness after viral video

My Town Lowell: Police department repaid in kindness after viral video

LOWELL, Mich.— The Lowell Police Department is getting repaid in kindness after posting a video of its officers giving gifts to drivers they pulled over.

The video posted Tuesday quickly went viral, with more than 220,000 views on YouTube by Wednesday afternoon.  According to the police department’s Facebook page, their campaign of kindness attracted attention from everywhere; the department has handled phone calls and messages from around the world.

The citizens of Lowell are also showing their appreciation. One person dropped off a box of doughnuts at the police station Wednesday morning, and three young people also left a cake and ornaments for all of the officers.

RELATED: Lowell police surprise drivers with Christmas presents 

My Town Lowell: Chamber considers trimming down holiday tradition

My Town Lowell: Chamber considers trimming down holiday tradition

LOWELL, Mich.—The Lowell Area Chamber of Commerce is considering trimming down a holiday tradition.

In an online survey sent out to patrons, the Chamber asks if Christmas Through Lowell should be scaled down to a two-day event.  The annual celebration is currently a three-day event featuring a night-time parade with Santa and Mrs. Claus. To share your insights about the festivities, visit the Chamber’s survey here.

My Town: Bottoms up! Kent District Library serving a second round of KD aLe

My Town: Bottoms up!  Kent District Library serving a second round of KD aLe

KENT COUNTY, Mich.—Kent District Library is ordering a second round of its popular series for beer lovers.

KD aLe will return Monday, Dec. 8 with a home brewing workshop by Edward Long from Siciliano’s Market.  Long will outline the basics of brewing during his visit to the Sand Lake/Nelson Township branch.  The home brewing workshop schedule is as follows:

My Town Lowell: Flat River Outreach Ministries accepting donations for Christmas boxes

My Town Lowell: Flat River Outreach Ministries accepting donations for Christmas boxes

LOWELL, Mich.— Last year, Flat River Outreach Ministries helped fill the plates and gift boxes for 284 families at Christmastime; this year, the nonprofit is hoping to do it again, with the community’s help.

For the next ten days, FROM is collecting toy, personal care products, fresh fruit and other food donations for its annual Christmas box distribution. Donations can be dropped off Monday through Thursday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at FROM, located at 11535 E. Fulton Street.  The Christmas boxes will be distributed Saturday, Dec. 13, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at FROM.  FROM will also have a Christmas store for parents to select gifts for their children.

If you know a family in need, call FROM at (616) 897-8260.

My Town Lowell: Senior community marks start of Christmas season

My Town Lowell: Senior community marks start of Christmas season

LOWELL, Mich.--  Fountain View of Lowell is teaming up with Baruch Senior Ministries to mark the beginning of the Christmas season this week with a ceremonial lighting of the memorial Christmas tree.

The lighting will take place Wednesday, Dec. 3 at 5:30 p.m.  The lights are paid for by donations from families contributing in memory of a loved one.

Fountain View of Lowell is located at 11537 Fulton St. E. in Lowell.

My Town Lowell: Volunteers needed to pull off community feast

My Town Lowell: Volunteers needed to pull off community feast

LOWELL, Mich.— First Congregational United Church of Christ is looking for  volunteers to help pull off the Lowell Community Thanksgiving Dinner.

The feast is free to all and will take place 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. Thanksgiving Day at First Congregational UCC, located at 865 Lincoln Lake Ave. SE.  Last year, a team of nearly 85 volunteers cooked up the massive meal, which included more than 100 pounds of turkey, 25 pounds of roast beef, 75 pounds of potatoes and 15 pies.  Afterward, all of the table scraps and turkey carcasses were served up to the animals at a nearby wildlife reserve.

The Lowell Community Thanksgiving Dinner is sponsored by Lowell area churches.  Volunteers of all ages and skill levels are encouraged to take part in the event.  For more information or to sign up, call (616) 897-5906.

My Town Lowell: Feeding the need during winter break

My Town Lowell:  Feeding the need during winter break

LOWELL, Mich.-- Unlike schools, hunger doesn't take a break during the holiday season; but Flat River Outreach Ministries is here to help.

The charity is offering winter break lunches to students in the Lowell school district. All area students are eligible. To sign up for meals, visit the food pantry anytime between now and Dec. 19.

Flat River Outreach Ministries is located at 11535 Fulton Street E. in Lowell.