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Community involvement, gifts are key elements in Kinship's success

Jennifer Therkilsen

We are observing the trend of community involvement and support for Kinship picking up momentum, and we love it!

Every time a business or organization steps forward to raise funds for Kinship - like Northwoods Bank, Evergreen Gifts and Fun Park, Dorset House, Investment Service Center, National Catholic Society of Foresters and Majongg players - they are freeing some board and staff time and resources to focus on our mission - to match kids with volunteer mentors.

And when folks like Dave and Amy Andersen, Kevin and Renee Brauer, John and Judi Nelson and Tony and Linda Carter, along with groups and businesses like Lori Lea Lanes, Itascatur, Park Rapids Hockey Association, Itasca State Park naturalists and the Sons of Norway host or sponsor a group activity, they are offering unique, life enriching opportunities for Kinship kids that Kinship could not afford to buy.

These funds and opportunities are not merely supplemental for Kinship; they are immensely important. You see, Kinship doesn't charge any fees for service, obtain any state or federal funding, or receive any large operating grants. It depends on community support.

Every gift has a positive impact on the Kinship budget, and more importantly, on the children and youth we serve.

Thank you to everyone who contributes in any way to these events and activities - as a volunteer, a donor, or one who buys tickets or items. Together, we are making our community a healthier, safer and happier place for our kids.

In other words, thank you for helping Kinship "Connect Adults With Kids and Put Hope In Their Hearts!

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