GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. - Our minds are focused on all things holiday, but it's easy to get wrapped up in to-do lists this holiday season. Women's Lifestyle Magazine is helping us 'unwrap the joy' of the season by focusing on activities, and women, that radiate joy.
One well-known local woman is simply amazing at spreading joy through her personality and her well-loved donuts.
Marge Wilson of Marge's Donut Den on 28th Street is famous for those donuts, but Laura Hartman sat down with her to learn more about her generous heart, especially around the holiday.
Whether you are stopping in for the first time, or the hundredth, Marge's Donut Den will feel like home.
"My customers...I've been here 42 years and they've been right along with me," said Marge.
And Christmas just might be the best time of year at Marge's. "It's just my favorite. I get to see everybody," she said.
Marge does something nearly no one does, she opens her shop doors on Christmas Day every year. "When you touch that many people, you can't take their money all year round and then say well Christmas I want to be with my family. If they support me all year I need to be there for them."
"A lot of people are alone on that day. They've lost spouses, they've lost children and they don't feel comfortable being someplace else so they can come to the donut shop and sit here for as long as they want," she said.
And some incredible stories have come from being there on Christmas Day. "One of my favorite stories is a man saw my children and I working in here and he said that he was driving up and down 28th Street trying to find a bottle of liquor and when he saw the kids and I, he realized what he had given up so he went to AA that day. The following year he came in and told me the story and he said today's my birthday. I said oh, mine was yesterday and he said no, I went to AA and so today's my year being sober."
An elderly women born on Christmas, but had never celebrated either occasion. "It's stories like that that you don't know how you touch people but we're here and we can do that," said Marge.
If you are in need of some company on Christmas Day, come share a donut with Marge. She likes nearly every kind.
You can learn more about Marge in this month's edition of the Women's Lifestyle Magazine which you can find in more than 400 locations across West Michigan.
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