All backpacks were donated by Mercy Health colleagues!
Heartside Health Center, a community benefit ministry of Mercy Health, hosted its third annual Back-to-School Bash on August 12, 2017, to generate excitement and to prepare children for going back to school. Dozens of colleagues and community partners donated their time and energy into creating a successful event that saw more than 1,000 people in attendance, including nearly 850 kids.
In addition to offering every child who attended a free backpack, the Back-to-School Bash provided other school supplies and had a free book giveaway. Mercy Health Dental Clinic was present, giving away kids’ toothpaste and dental health education.
Onsite activities such as
- hula hooping,
- bubble blowing and
- live music kept the atmosphere fun and light-hearted.
Rochelle Sather, manager at Heartside Health Center, credits the changing neighborhood to the event’s continual success. “The Heartside neighborhood is growing and changing, and our health center is excited to contribute to this diverse community.”
Thanks to the nearly two dozen local agencies who donated their time to participate in this annual event, some of which are listed below:
- Car Seat Safety
- Mercy Health Dental Clinic
- Grand Rapids Fire Department and LaGrave Fire Department
- Kent County Health Department
- Kids’ Food Basket
- Triumph Music Academy
- Healthy Homes Coalition
- The Rapid
- Grand Rapids Public Library
- Grand Rapids Urban League
- Grand Rapids Police Department
Congratulations to the Heartside Health Center team on such a successful event!