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The Post travels to Hawaii



Earlier this year the Post traveled to Hawaii with Alan and Alyson Kieda, of Solon Township, and their daughter Rachel and her husband Ryan Campbell, and grandson Thomas, of Gand Rapids. The trip was to celebrate Alan and Alyson’s 40th wedding anniversary.

After missing a day because of ice at the airport, they traveled to Maui for a few days, then Oahu for almost a week, and then the Big Island for a week. 

“We stayed at a beautiful Airbnb and played on volcanic beaches,” said Alan. “We learned all about volcanoes, as one cancelled two of our housing possibilities early in the year. We wondered why they didn’t just clear the lava off the road. We went to see it and found lava 30 feet high-plus over the roads and neighborhood for miles! 2000 folks lost their homes,” he said.

The Kiedas and Campbells had a great time and took lots of photos with the Post. Thank you so much for taking us with you!

Are you going on vacation? Be sure to take along a printed edition of the Post and get someone to snap a photo of you or your family with it. Send it to us along with some info about your trip (where you went, who went along, what you saw) and send the photo and info to news@cedarspringspost.com. We will print as space allows. If you forget the Post, please do not photoshop it into the photo. Just take it with you next time!

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Kieda family creates a tradition of  lifesaving gifts   


 

 Lorraine Kieda, right, and her husband Al (in photo frame) began a life-saving tradition that their son Dan, left, carries on. Photo courtesy American Blood.

Lorraine Kieda, right, and her husband Al (in photo frame) began a life-saving tradition that their son Dan, left, carries on. Photo courtesy American Blood.

                                                                                                 

It’s not just a season, it’s a legacy of giving passed on that continues to save lives 

From Michigan Blood

Blood—it connects us all. But for the Kieda family, it’s not only a saving grace but a legacy passed down between generations.

Lorraine and Aloysius “Al” Kieda, of Grand Rapids, were in the midst of welcoming their youngest child into the world when they received devastating news: Lorraine needed a blood transfusion, but they didn’t have the means to pay for it.

That’s when an anonymous donor stepped in. That person’s blood saved Lorraine’s life, ensuring all four of the couple’s children would grow up with their mom.

That was 1959. Al and Lorraine would go on to serve their community, whether it was helping their local church, or volunteering at the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans, for the next 60 years.

However, it was a different kind of service that would create a lasting memory: Al began donating blood to Michigan Blood in Grand Rapids after giving blood while serving in the Korean War. He and Lorraine became regular donors, often giving side by side. Their example motivated their four children to share this passion for helping others.

Their oldest son, Alan, and his wife, Alyson, live here in Cedar Springs. Alan also is one to help others, through church and other activities.

“We encouraged our children to give back,” said Lorraine. “A lot of families today don’t have something like this to help unite them.”

Before her husband Al passed away in 2013, he passed along something so much bigger: 23 gallons of blood. Lorraine was up to 14 gallons before she was deferred for medical reasons.

Now, the couple’s second of four children, Dan, carries on Al’s legacy—donating in honor of his dad every chance he gets.

“My father always urged every one of us children to give and give generously, in hopes that our kindness would inspire others to give blood,” said Dan.

Dan, who lives in Kalamazoo, said he wears his father’s army hat, ring, and an olivewood cross pendant—something he made for Al—whenever he donates. It reminds him that his father not only lives on in his memory, but in the gifts of life he gave to so many.

Recently, Dan received his 3-gallon pin… and he doesn’t plan to stop there.

“Blood is one of the most precious things that anyone can give to another person,” he said. “It’s the gift of life.”

Al’s extraordinary generosity may have planted the seeds of service within Dan’s veins, but it’s the family’s gifts—their incredible dedication to helping others—that’s continuing to connect us all.

 

Michigan Blood is the sole provider of blood and blood products for more than 60 hospitals in Michigan. Any healthy person 17 or older (or 16 with parental consent) who weighs at least 112 pounds may be eligible to donate. Blood donors should bring photo ID. Michigan Blood is currently in urgent need of O-Negative blood donations. The next blood drive in Cedar Springs is on December 20 at Cedar Springs United Methodist Church, Gym, 140 S Main St., Cedar Springs, 12:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Visit Michiganblood.org to find other dates or locations.

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