West Michigan swept up in the spirit of giving

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - Tis the season of giving, and around Kalamazoo on Thursday, whether it was food, toys, or blood, people were in the giving spirit on Christmas Eve.

Newschannel 3 spent the day Thursday visiting people acting selflessly, from giving Christmas presents to sick kids, to feeding the hungry for free, it's clear Santa had a lot of help today.

In honor of Kalamazoo Public Safety Sergeant Lisa Zuk, who lost her battle to breast cancer last month, this year the American Red Cross's Christmas Eve blood drive at the Radisson is dedicated to her memory.

"To see all these people down here doing that in honor of Lisa, is very moving to me and my family," said Zuk's father, Mike Mooe.

And right down the street at the Blue Dolphin restaurant, they're preparing for their 37th annual Christmas dinner. Owner Steve Stamos says 1,500 free meals will be served to anyone who wants to drop by tomorrow between noon and 3.

"Especially this time of year it's not even for the food aspect of it, but for the fellowship. We have a lot of people that come in that are just lonely that day and enjoy coming out and meeting other people and sharing Christmas Day," Stamos said.

The giving doesn't end here. At Bronson Children's Hospital, dozens of sick children are getting a visit from the nonprofit Crayons 4 Kids. Today, 25 care packages went to kids who have to be in the hospital on Christmas.

"Just decided first to do crayons and coloring books, we just decided crayons for kids, and obviously now 15 years later it's more toys and anything kids can play with," said Emily Leinwand, with Crayons 4 Kids.

Those who are receiving these acts of kindness say they're feeling the Christmas spirit.

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