This charity event is one you won’t want to miss
Are you looking to support a local charity over a fun meal? The Ronald McDonald House Charities Detroit is hosting its 4th annual house chef challenge on October 20 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sheri Mark, Chris Gadulka, and Brandon Wright joined Tati Amare on “Live In The D” to discuss the event.
Book a private playtime at Ann Arbor’s Hands-On Museum with your pod
ANN ARBOR – It’s been a long year of closures, and one group that has felt it the most is parents. Luckily, the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum has begun offering reservations for pods of up to 25 people to come and enjoy the beloved children’s museum. How it works:Each pod pays a set price for a group up to 25 people (including babies). To qualify, the registrant must be an EBT or WIC card holder. The card must be shown to museum staff on the day of their reservation.
U-M: Parent depression, stress caused by pandemic had negative impact on kids’ schooling
Most of the parents said that their children learned online from home, using school-provided electronic resources, educational apps and social media. Roughly 35% of parents reported that their children’s behavior changed since the pandemic began, including feelings of sadness, loneliness and depression. Daily schedule disruptions and a lack of access to free and reduced-price meals from school were significant stressors, parents reported. “Research suggests that, unfortunately, the high levels of stress, anxiety and depression among parents remained high through the summer and early fall. Co-authors on the study are U-M doctoral student in psychology and social work, Kaitlin Ward and U-M undergraduate research assistants Kasey Downing and Olivia Chang.
$1 million goes to Matrix Human Services to help youth, seniors, vulnerable citizens in Michigan
DETROIT – Matrix Human Services announced Tuesday it received over $1 million in grants to fund four multi-generational programs. Matrix says this grant will improve their overall health and nutrition, allowing them to age in place gracefully. Matrix says this grant will go to help adults who seek to become early childhood educators. Seniors interested in participating in this program can contact Matrix Human Services at matrixhumanservices.org. Matrix helps rebuild Detroit’s neighborhoods through the efforts of over 550 employees at more than 50 program locations throughout the city.
Hundreds of physicians, psychologists call for Ann Arbor Public Schools to reopen
ANN ARBOR – More than 350 local physicians and psychologists have signed an open letter and petition to the Ann Arbor Board of Education and Ann Arbor Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Jeanice Kerr Swift, urging them to reopen schools for students who choose to learn in-person by Gov. “The scientific, health and psychological consensus is clear: It is possible for children and teachers to safely return to school with proper mitigation measures. Ad“My own experience of seeing the devastation caused by school closure among Ann Arbor’s children has been eye-opening and heartbreaking. “It’s time for Ann Arbor to make the rational decision to allow students and families a choice of in-person schooling. AAPS students deserve better.”This is the third letter that Ann Arbor healthcare providers has sent to AAPS and coincides with efforts by parents to reopen the schools due to negative impacts their children are facing during the closures.
U-M researchers: Parent visitation should not be restricted at pediatric hospitals
Vance: The majority of hospitals changed policies to limit visitation to one parent/caregiver at the bedside. Several hospitals restricted all parents, caregivers and others required that only one parent be designated as the ‘visitor’ for the duration of the hospitalization. I am hopeful that with this statement and the attention it may garner, that hospital administrators review visitation policies to ensure they aren’t overreaching. Vance: The term “essential care” came directly from parents who stated this is how they wanted to be viewed. The specific phrasing of “essential care” is new in this context, but for a long time, there have been many advocates for family-centered care which integrates family involvement.
Pediatric patients in Ann Arbor experience ‘bedside toy store’ ahead of Christmas
A member of the Mott Child and Family Life team dressed as an elf delivers presents to a pediatric patient at Mott Children's Hospital. ANN ARBOR – Although the coronavirus pandemic has changed holiday traditions worldwide this year, the annual “bedside toy store” at C.S. This year, members of the Mott Child and Family Life Team played elves and went “shopping” for the perfect gifts patients. A member of staff picks out toys for a family of a hospitalized child at Mott Children's Hospital. Before the pandemic, the holiday store is an event that lasts days and involves 20-30 volunteers who help wrap gifts and stock the shelves.
Fund drive raises more than 49K emergency food boxes for hungry Washtenaw County residents
ANN ARBOR – The annual Rockin’ for the Hungry fund drive by Food Gatherers, ann arbor’s 107one and Kroger raised 49,083 emergency food boxes for residents experiencing food insecurity in Washtenaw County. The final number shattered the initial goal of raising enough funds for 30,000 emergency food boxes. The 5-day fund drive went virtual for the first time this year due to the coronavirus pandemic. “The emergency food boxes will be distributed by our partner pantries throughout Washtenaw County and each box provides a week’s worth of meals for one person.”Since March, Food Gatherers’ partner agencies have reported a visitor increase of 30%-300% -- nearly half of whom have never had to seek food assistance before. Students from Community High School raised more than $82,000 for this year’s Rockin’ -- their largest-ever gift to the fundraiser.
The Gift of Warmth: How to help families in need
“And I was at that moment, probably like a lot of us, needing some help.”That is when the Heat and Warmth Fund, or THAW stepped in to help the family. It continues to provide assistance with utility bills to families during difficult times in their lives. “Any season is bad when you can’t afford utilities,” said Brandi Turner THAW Utility Assistance Center Manager. All day Tuesday, Local 4 viewers can help THAW keep the lights and heat on for these families by donating to the Gift of Warmth telethon. To donate to the Gift of Warmth telethon, click here: https://thawfund.org/donate/online/Gift of Warmth telethon: You can donate to help families in needWatch more
Types of toys, games families are playing with more this year
DETROIT – The COVID-19 pandemic has many families spending more time at home together, and that means more time to play and have fun together. As part of this year’s Help Me Hank toy test, we asked our families to share with us the types of toys and games they find themselves playing more. Part 1: Help Me Hank toy test: Testing 2020′s top toys ahead of the holidays“Pre-pandemic, post pandemic, anytime. She said when the pandemic started in March, it was all about puzzles, books and board games. “We have bought more games, especially games that we can play as a family because we have more time to play games now than we ever did before,” said mom Sarah Mayberry.
One nurse is helping hundreds of thousands of people in the Heart of Detroit
Her work here in Metro Detroit and around the world has gotten her recognized by outlets like CNN and People Magazine. Najah Bazzy is a woman who saw a need and is now impacting hundreds of thousands of lives. She started a Zaman International out of the back of her van in 1996 and now it has grown to a 40,000 square foot facility in Inkster. Through a voucher program, women have access to free basic needs like food and clothing. Watch the video to see how Mitch Albom shows us exactly how Najah is helping others in the Heart of Detroit.
University of Michigan releases video that explains coronavirus to children
For small children experiencing school closures and months without play dates, the experience can be particularly confusing and difficult to grasp. Thats why the University of Michigan School of Public Health created a video for children that provides scientifically accurate information in an engaging way with age-appropriate graphics. Coronavirus is a word people are talking about a lot lately, is how the short video begins with a child narrator. Its creators hope the video will spark constructive conversation about the virus in households with children ages 6 to 11. It also calls young viewers to action to follow public health methods to provide both personal and community protection.
Metro Detroit friends join forces to help parents struggling during COVID-19 crisis
DETROIT A Metro Detroit woman and her friends noticed a group of people who need help during the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis. They do love babies and they say that love inspired their act of kindness. When the crisis hit, Renee Ahee and two of her friends set to work helping Detroits youngest and most vulnerable. Ahee turned to Development Centers in Detroit and its CEO Catherine Liesman. Click here to learn more about Development Centers
New video explains coronavirus, social distancing for children
ANN ARBOR, Mich. The University of Michigans School of Public Health created a video that can help explain the coronavirus (COVID-19) to children between the ages of 6-11. MORE: Coronavirus in Michigan: Heres where we stand as of Thursday morningThe school released the kid-friendly video to share scientifically-accurate information regarding the COVID-19 pandemic that will keep kids engaged, officials say. The short video -- narrated by a child -- discusses COVID-19 symptoms, how the virus spreads and how to prevent the spread of the virus. The video also touches on the importance of social distancing, even though it can be difficult to isolate from family and friends amid the pandemic. The school is also sharing a family guide with tips for discussing the COVID-19 pandemic with kids.