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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.
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.
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.
What do you dream of when you dream of Thanksgiving Dinner? Is it a quiet meal with a few close friends or family? A big event where you cook all day for lots of family and friends and you all celebrate the year by giving thanks?
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.
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.
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.”
Note: ELi is instituting new weekly features! Today we introduce our new Sunday feature, "Random Acts of Kindness." This weekly column will share news of just some of the wonderful philanthropic activities happening all around East Lansing. If you have a "Random Act" to share, use our contact form.
On Wednesday, October 22 a group of senior- and junior-level girls from East Lansing High School (ELHS) will compete in a powderpuff football game under the ELHS stadium lights to raise money for breast cancer awareness.