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Gifts for the Greater Good: Philanthropy in West Michigan

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Students across Michigan are back in the classroom. For some families backpacks and school supplies can be a financial burden difficult to overcome. But for some of those low-income Newaygo County students there's help.

Fremont-based nonprofit TrueNorth Community Services and it's partners Choice One Bank, Fremont Area Community Foundation and Gerber Foundation are providing free backpacks, essential school supplies, haircuts and dental and vision screenings.

Their goal is providing those items and services to 1,000 students from kindergarten through 12th grade in greatest need through its 15th Annual Tools for Schools Expo.

Patrick joined WGVU Public Media in December, 2008 after eight years of investigative reporting at Grand Rapids' WOOD-TV8 and three years at WYTV News Channel 33 in Youngstown, Ohio. As News and Public Affairs Director, Patrick manages our daily radio news operation and public interest television programming. An award-winning reporter, Patrick has won multiple Michigan Associated Press Best Reporter/Anchor awards and is a three-time Academy of Television Arts & Sciences EMMY Award winner with 14 nominations.