Give-A-Kid Projects give relief to families in the community

By Aundreana Jones-Poole
Holt Journal Staff Reporter

Families in Holt are finding relief during the holiday season and beyond through a local non-profit organization. The Give-A-Kid Projects, which first began as just Give-A-Kid-A-Coat, was started in 1984 and has since expanded out to Give-A-Kid-A-Christmas, Give-A-Kid-A-Backpack, and Give-A-Kid 360. It serves many children who live in or attend Holt schools. Last year 453 children were served by the Christmas program and 898 adults with a household items store. “Right now we are predicting that we will surpass what we did last year; so what we really need is  for people in the community to adopt a family,” said Kris Hummel, President of the Give-A-Kid Projects.

Lansing Marathon’s demise driven by debt, eroding support

By Jazzy Teen
Listen Up, Lansing

LANSING — On Feb. 13, race director Dr. Owen Anderson announced the cancellation of what would have been the fourth annual Lansing Marathon and sponsored events. While Anderson called off the event without force from the public or city government, there is serious doubt the race would have continued due to the dropped support from the outside community and immense debt owed by the Lansing Marathon. When various media outlets and even Anderson himself claimed different challenges that were responsible for the termination, many details were left unmentioned, especially the financial baggage. “After seeing everything that has happened, I’ve decided to just tell you the whole truth,” Anderson said.