West Michigan boy teams up with coffee company to help the homeless
PAW PAW, Mich. - For the last several years, we've followed the story of a West Michigan boy on a mission to help bring comfort to the homeless. Now he's teaming up with a local business to reach even more people.
Samuel VerHage has given more than 3,000 blankets out to the homeless over the last three years. Each year, he gives them away the day after Thanksgiving.
A new partnership will help him warm the hearts and bodies of even more people in need.
At Van Buren Coffee Company, giving back is their main goal.
"When we started this company, it wasn't about the money for us, it was about how can we impact communities. Not just locally but globally,” said Josh Gettig, co-owner of Van Burn Coffee Company.
When co-owner Josh Gettig saw 12-year-old Samuel VerHage on the news talking about his efforts to help the homeless, he knew he had to get involved too.
"You know he has the heart of a giver,” said Gettig. That's where the coffee came in.
"It's called the blanket blend,” said VerHage, who founded Samuel's Blankets for the Homeless.
The pair came up with the coffee blend that Samuel named.
For the fourth year in a row, Samuel is collecting blankets to give to the homeless in Kalamazoo. He has always felt a need to give back.
"We were gathered in Bronson Park and I saw some homeless people and I thought maybe they would be cold in the winter,” said VerHage.
This year, the efforts to warm the hearts and bodies of those in need will be going a lot further, thanks to the partnership between Samuel and Van Buren Coffee Company. For every $12 bag of the "Blanket Blend" coffee they sell, $4 will go to support Samuel's Blankets.
Together they have some big goals.
"I'd like to sell about a thousand bags of coffee. I think that would buy a lot of blankets and sleeping bags,” said Gettig.
You can buy a bag of the blanket blend coffee at Van Buren Coffee Company in Paw Paw or from their online store.