LETTER: Kettle drive proceeds stay local
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Thank you, Park Rapids, for supporting the Hubbard County Salvation Army Kettle Drive again this season.
The recent devastating tornado in Kentucky brings attention to the support the Salvation Army provides to disasters, as it did locally for the Wadena tornado in 2010 and for the Green Valley wild fire in Hubbard, Becker and Wadena counties in 2013.
The funds collected from the kettle drive stay locally for disaster relief and for families with personal crises when funds are urgently needed for shelter, utilities, food, clothing and transportation.
Coborn’s Grocery, Cwikla Ace Hardware, Hugo’s Family Marketplace, L&M Supply, Walgreens Pharmacy and Walmart Supercenter graciously permitted us to ring at their stores for four weeks of Fridays and Saturdays.
Also, the kettle was invited to ring at the Itasca-Mantrap Christmas open house drive-through.
There were 94 2.5-hour slots to fill for ringing; all were filled and everyone showed up. There were only three people who let me know well in advance they couldn’t make it and those were filled quickly from a waiting list.
Other regional towns have stopped their drives as they can’t find ringers.
The PRAHS Business Professionals of America rang four days. The National Honor Society rang at all six stores on Dec. 11 and the American Legion rang at all the stores on Dec. 17. Other ringers included Park Rapids Fire Department, Future Farmers of America, 4-H Ambassadors, churches, reality agencies, banks, Lions, Rotary, Masons, Two Inlets Lake Association, Nevis Women’s Club, North Country Trail and many individuals – the Terharks, Evans, DeSchanes, Judsons, Doves, Broughtons, Eric Olson, Bill Megers, Lars Havnes, Ray Niedzielski, Rita Boyce, Sharon Netzel, Cliff Tweedale, Tom Stennes and Kathy Belt.
The community has been very generous. The current contribution total is $21,771. Last year’s total of $24,177 was an all-time record. The collection in 2019 was $17,673.
If you are interested in donating write a check to Hubbard County Salvation Army and send to ATTN: Salvation Army, Citizens National Bank, PO Box. 231, Park Rapids, MN 56470.
I would also like to thank Greg Kolinoski, Ron Norenberg, Dorothy Meyer, Jackie Cheney, Marleen Seach, Steve Maanum, and Denny Aanenson for helping to gather the kettles each night and straightening out the crumbled-up bills for the Citizens National Bank to make deposits.