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In the United States, there are organizations set up to help those in need, and whether families be lacking food, health care, or diapers, the compassion of those who ban together makes communities stronger, and the country a better place to live.

There are certain necessities of life that get taken for granted. It is natural to put personal hygiene products on the shopping list when we're close to running out–most of the time. But some young families in West Michigan have financial hurdles to consider when it comes to funding supplies, even those as essential as diapers. According to a study conducted by Huggies in 2010, one in four families struggles to meet diaper needs. Nestlings Diaper Bank of Holland is stepping in to help.

Grand Haven native Cyndi Casemier hasn't lived in her hometown forever, but it took going away and coming back for her to see that the city is evolving for the better–particularly when it comes to the local art scene. Cyndi is a potter, a hobby she picked up in Vermont when she needed to make friends in a new town. Her expertise as a banker bumped her into an accounting roll on the board of the Vermont Clay Studio, and that's when her dreams began to blossom.

It's elephants and primates, birds of all kinds, plants and buildings growing from unexpected places. It's a representation of familial lines and the joy and pain of living. And it's all in pencil.

As her name was called and the crowd erupted in applause and cheering, all Mindy Castañon could think was "Why did I wear this? How's my hair?" She may be career-driven, philanthropic, and influential in her community, but she's still a woman.

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