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Jessica Wisinski, a firefighter with the Greenville Department of Public Safety, right, takes a selfie photo with Paige Raths, 12, left, and Ian Raths, 6, center, both of Greenville, during the Shop with a Hero event at the Greenville Walmart on Thursday. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Shop with a Hero event brings together officers, firefighters and children

Prior to entering Walmart on Thursday evening, Joni Turley of Gowen was excited, more so than most 6-year-olds would normally be with shopping on the agenda. But this time, she was under the impression that once she walked through the entrance of the store, she would be greeted by a number of superheroes.

The Greenville Lions Club, assisted by many volunteers, received a $3,000 check from the Greenville Meijer on Thursday to purchase gifts that will be available for those in need during the annual Santa Store event today at Cedar Crest Elementary School in Greenville. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Greenville Lions Club buy toys for children, thanks to Meijer

Walking through Meijer with an empty shopping cart Thursday, it took only a few moments for Debbie Kreitner’s cart to be filled to the brim with toys. “Anything to help the kids,” she said. “All of these gifts, for so many kids, I think it’s a worthwhile cause.”

Mollie Hollar, a member of Purls of West Michigan, works on her knitting. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Purls of West Michigan knit 100-plus hats and mittens (PHOTOS)

As Dan Eagles stared down at the dozens of knitted hats and mittens laid out before him Wednesday, he reached forward, picked up a small, pink hat and gave it a closer look. “This … I can see this hat going to a little girl to use out on the playground,” he said with a smile.

Terry Hankis of Gowen takes a moment to reflect on the many medals his late father, Forrest Hankis, received upon fighting as an airborne infantryman in World War II. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Greenville World War II veteran flew into battle on Greenville-made glider

Standing on the shores of Omaha Beach in Normandy, France, Terry Hankis bent down, reached out and collected a handful of sand.

As the grains softly poured through his fingers and returned to the beach, he made sure to collect just enough to place into a commemorative jar.

It was at that moment the Gowen man felt the closest he had been to his father since his father had died in 1971.

Diane Kuhn, left, of Greenville, and Patty Crawford, of Dimondale, cousins, read well wishes cards Kuhn received from sixth grade students on her team at Belding Middle School before undergoing surgery to donate her kidney. Kuhn served as a live kidney donor for Crawford, who suffers from polycystic kidney disease (PKD).  — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Greenville woman donates kidney to save cousin

Patty Crawford and Diane Kuhn are cousins with a bond that goes beyond family into the realm of friendship and deeper than blood. The two have been lifelong friends as well as relatives and have been there for each other through the years. When Diane needed a change in her life, she moved to California where Patty opened her home and welcomed her.

Kyle Durdle, 17, left, and Zach Ingersoll, 16, talk about the projects they’re working on in Adam Hopkins’ machines class at Greenville High School on Thursday afternoon. If a school bond proposal passes next spring, equipment in the shop will be replaced with updated and modern equipment. — Daily News/Emiliee Nielsen

Greenville residents learn about school bond proposal (PHOTOS)

Voters in the Greenville area could see a school bond proposal on the ballot in May. The Greenville Public Schools district is preparing for the proposal by circulating a survey about priorities for improvement and hosting community forums to gather feedback from stakeholders.

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Schuleit named Fred and Lena Meijer Spirit of Caring Award recipient

On Tuesday evening, the best-kept secret in town was finally awarded to one of this community’s most caring, gracious and humble individuals. During the annual Spectrum Health Celebration of Caring Dinner at Winter Inn, the winner of the 2017 Fred and Lena Meijer Spirit of Caring Award was revealed.

Kenedi Bouck, 11, volunteers as “head elf in training” for Toys for Tots. She stopped by the donation box at Greenville Tractor Supply Co. with her mother and Montcalm County Toys for Tots Coordinator Jennifer Bouck.— Daily News/Meghan Nelson

Toys for Tots drive now underway in Montcalm County

Jennifer Bouck has seen the hardships families face during the holiday season.

The coordinator of Montcalm County’s Toys for Tots is familiar with scenes of homelessness and poverty.

In response, Bouck and her volunteers are working to provide a “magical” Christmas for families in need this year.

Montcalm County Prosecuting Attorney and WAN Member Andrea Krause, at right, presents Candy Kerschen with the WAN Woman of the Year Award. Kerschen was nominated by Kathy Jo VanderLaan, Kim Cain and Gae Donovan-Wolfe. — Courtesy Photo

Candy Kerschen named WAN Woman of the Year

The Woman’s Action Network (WAN) of Montcalm County has named the Woman of the Year. Candy Kerschen of Greenville was honored as Woman of the Year at a Nov. 16 ceremony. She was nominated by Kathy Jo VanderLaan, Kim Cain and Gae Donovan-Wolfe.

Greenville resident Monique Megchiani was arrested and charged with felony possession of a financial transaction device and stealing/retaining a financial transaction device without consent.

JUST IN: Greenville woman arrested on financial transaction device charge

A 38-year-old Greenville woman has been arrested and lodged in the Montcalm County Jail on felony possession of a financial transaction device and stealing/retaining a financial transaction device without consent.