Random Acts

Ingham County Expecting Hundreds of Refugees - Here's How to Help

Friday, December 4, 2015

For Judi Harris and her staff at St. Vincent Catholic Charities’ Refugee Services, supporting refugees in the greater Lansing area isn’t about politics. “This is a labor of love” she says. “This is serving our faith. This is feeding our souls.”

Updated: Cristo Rey Community Center Thanksgiving Event

Monday, November 23, 2015

Thanksgiving Day is fast approaching. This week many of us will be busy shopping for delicious food, planning family dinners, and packing to travel to be with loved ones all over the area and the country.

But what if you didn’t have the means to shop? What if there was no one to make plans with? What if this season didn’t seem to give you much to be thankful for? Wouldn’t it be great if there were someone to reach out to you in that moment where you thought there was nothing, and give you a great something for which to be thankful?


Friday, May 15, 2015

Image: This month's Jazz Night at East Lansing High School, where Michael Dease performed as the Draggoo family-funded visiting artist

This Sunday at 11 am, visitors to the East Lansing Art Festival can hear East Lansing High School’s Jazz Band 1 perform works by Duke Ellington, Sammy Nestico, Bobby Timmons, and more. Those who have heard this group know that, under the direction of Dave Larzelere, the ensemble’s sound is of a remarkably high quality for high school musicians.

RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS: "From a friend. Stay warm."

Sunday, January 18, 2015

For a little over two years I was an intern at (SCENE) Metrospace, an
alternative contemporary art gallery and performance space in downtown East
Lansing. Tim Lane, director/curator had planned a meeting at 1:30 pm to review Metrospace business. When I arrived, I noticed there was a pretty big box, about 3 feet by 3 feet sitting next to the chair that I sit in.

“What’s this?”

“I don’t know, I found it outside the door when I came in. Look at the

RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS: Family Ties Lead to Lasting Memorial

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Al Wolf and Ed Graham both taught Humanities at Michigan State, both joining the department in the mid-1960s and retiring in the early the 1990s. As the two raised their families in East Lansing, Ed and his wife Leah family became close friends with Al and his wife Emily, and their children grew up as friends.  The Graham children spent hours at the Wolf’s house exploring Emily’s dress-up trunk and staging historical dramas, and Ed famously broke his leg sliding into a base during a pickup baseball game in the Wolf’s back yard.

RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS: East Lansing Family Supporting Kenyan Girls’ School

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Sometimes on a July afternoon, as I slog through the red mud of a rural road in Kenya carrying a backpack full of picture books and watching tropical birds flit through the ancient trees overhead, I reflect on the surprising path that brought an Iowa farm girl to this unusual “second job.” My husband, Richard, and I have lived in the Lansing area since 1990 and in East Lansing since 1998, but every July, I spend four weeks in Kenya, working on our project of building a secondary school for girls in a rural village and conducting literacy outreach programs at rural elementary schools.

RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS: Surprise Someone with a Snowman Army

Saturday, December 13, 2014

We may lack a festive blanket of snow in East Lansing, but thanks to the Lansing Jaycees we can still send an army of snowmen to make the season bright for neighbors, friends, family or co-workers.

The Lansing Jaycees is a group of 21-40 year-olds focused on developing leadership skills through community involvement. The group has been in Lansing since 1929, and they are involved in a variety of events “that help to promote our Jaycee concept of ‘Leadership Training through Community Involvement.’” Says Lansing Jaycees Member Angela Fossi.

RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS: Neighbors Helping Neighbors

Sunday, December 7, 2014

The ice storm and power outage last winter exposed a need in East Lansing. Many seniors are physically unable to shovel their sidewalks and avoid receiving a ticket, and lack the means to pay others to remove snow and perform other small homeowner tasks. Seniors are also at risk during a power outage, or extreme cold weather, as they may not be able to ask for the help they need relative to maintaining health services. This need is being addressed by a variety of helpful residents.

RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS: Girl Scouts Lead Annual Toys for Tots Drive in East Lansing Schools

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Approximately 300 East Lansing Girl Scouts will take part in an annual toy drive this December, making announcements in their schools, creating advertisements, sorting toys at the warehouse and encouraging friends and family to donate toys. Daisy Scout girls as young as five and as old as high school age Ambassadors have participated in the Toys for Tots drive for almost a decade. Last year alone, they helped fill eight collection bins for the organization.

RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS: Giving the Gift of Blood

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Giving blood is a quick, easy way to help others in need. Donating blood takes about an hour, is relatively painless, and besides helping others, you are rewarded with sweet treats afterward. I started donating blood as a young mother 30 years ago, and still donate as often as I can. I find that giving blood is an easy way to help fill the critical need for blood. During times of national crisis like after 9/11 and Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy, giving blood was my way of helping feel connected to other families.

RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS: Life As a Zebra Foundation

Sunday, November 9, 2014

In medical school, students are taught to diagnose patients based on the condition that is most likely. As the saying goes: “When you hear hoof beats, think horses, not zebras.” The horses are the likely explanation, while the zebras are less likely. A medical zebra, then, is a person with a hard to diagnose medical condition. These conditions are often referred to as ‘invisible illnesses.’ Invisible illnesses are chronic conditions that are not apparent to casual observers. They can be misdiagnosed by health care providers and ignored by medical researchers.

RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS: ELHS Students Raise $2750 for Breast Cancer Awareness

Sunday, October 26, 2014

This past Wednesday, October 22, East Lansing senior women from the class of ‘15 took on the junior women from the class of ’16 in a friendly game of Powder Puff Football. The two classes spent the past three weeks in preparation for this one night event in order to raise money for breast cancer awareness. Through the dedication of everyone involved in the process, East Lansing High School raised a total of $2,750 which will be donated to a local fundraiser, “It’s a Breast Thing.”