2017-08-31 / News Briefs

In brief

‘Convoy’ to provide $1 million in goods and services

FLINT — Convoy of Hope will partner with local businesses, churches, government agencies and nonprofits to spread kindness to residents in Flint on Saturday, Sept. 16 at Bassett Park.

During the Community Event, Convoy of Hope and the Flint community will provide free groceries, health services, haircuts, family portraits, job services, veteran services, a kids’ zone, a hot meal and more. Identification is not required to attend and participate in the event. Everyone is welcome.

In 2016, more than 100,000 guests of honor were served through Convoy of Hope Community Events around the country.

Convoy of Hope partners National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF) and Plum Organics will also be at the event. NBCF provides education, support and early detection services to underserved women in the community. Plum Organics distributes organic food specifically created for babies, toddlers and school-aged children.

Learn more about the event and join the kindness revolution by visiting convoyofhope.org/flint or contact Jon Yinger at jon.yinger@cbslradio.com or (810) 714 4312. — L.R.

Safe Delivery reaches milestone

LANSING — Michigan has achieved a significant milestone in the state’s efforts to keep babies safe with the 200th surrender of a newborn under the state’s Safe Delivery law.

Under the law, a biological parent may legally surrender an infant no more than 72 hours old to an emergency service provider. An emergency service provider is a uniformed or otherwise identified employee or contractor of a hospital, fire department or police station who is inside the building and on duty, or a paramedic or emergency medical technician who responds to a 911 call.

The law has been in effect since 2001.

“These are 200 newborn babies who have been given a chance at life thanks to this important law,” said Nick Lyon, director of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. “Safe Delivery provides parents who may be in a desperate situation a safe, legal and anonymous option of surrendering an infant who will be placed in a loving, adoptive home.”

Unfortunately, there are still situations in which parents abandon their babies in unsafe locations. Information is available at www.michigan.gov/ safedelivery. Parents, professionals and other residents also can call the toll-free 24-hour Safe Delivery hotline at 866-733-7733. — L.R.

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