The month of March was a busy one here at the Soup Kitchen. With the help of our excellent network of volunteers and contributors we served 1,241 meals over 27 days of the month, averaging a daily meal count of 461. In April we served 998 meals over 25 serving days for a daily average of 40 meals.
We received canned food donations from Lutheran Brotherhood, the Lowell School Care Kids and from Prince of Peace Lutheran Church. Central Lakes College donated cheeseburgers, the Red Cross provided us with brats, hot dogs, buns, chips and condiments. Potlatch gave lots of pre-wrapped sandwiches, and Auto Value helped out with a large cake, some buns and some baked beans. Thanks to all of you for thinking of us here at the Soup Kitchen, and for helping us continue to serve those in need!
In order to protect the desired anonymity of many who provide financial gifts, we do not normally acknowledge such donors by name. Please understand that we appreciate your financial gifts even if we don't mention you by name. Some of our donors have been faithfully giving to support our ministry for many years. Several churches and service groups in the community include Sharing Bread Soup Kitchen in their regular Community Outreach budgets to help us feed the hungry. Without your generosity we would not be able to continue what we do.
Thanks also to our excellent board members who meet and pray and deliberate and administer and oversee all of our work.
We are pleased to announce that a grant to the Soup Kitchen has been awarded from the Catholic Diocese of Duluth Human Life and Development Foundation in the amount of $3,500. This generous grant will pay for our milk and bread supplies for the year. Thanks to the Diocese and to the Foundation Board for their support! The Brainerd Area Jaycees awarded the Soup Kitchen with a $500 grant to help toward the purchase of a new computer. Thanks to the Jaycess for all the work they do in helping our community. EFSP funding has also been awarded for the year 2000 in the amount of $1,500. This money will be used to purchase food supplies.
Finally, the Brainerd Lakes Area Community Foundation has awarded a grant of $2,000 for the purchase of kitchen appliances. Thanks to all of these great agencies for their much needed help!
Pastor Bob Evans
Sharing Bread Soup Kitchen
March of Dimes
Recently, more than 180 residents from the Brainerd area took the walk that saves babies. We'd like to thank them for being heroes for babies!
By participating in WalkAmerica, these Brainerd residents raised funds that are helping to support March of Dimes cutting-edge research, innovative programs, and remarkable breakthroughs that have saved millions of babies form death or disability over the years. Those breakthroughs include pioneering surgery that corrects certain birth defects before a baby is born, surfactant therapy to help premature babies breathe, and other new tests and treatments to help babies be healthier.
WalkAmerica raised $53,166.75 this year. And, in its 30-year history, this cherished national tradition has contributed more than $1 billion to support the March of Dimes lifesaving mission.
March of Dimes breakthroughs and programs are made possible by the efforts of all walkers, volunteers, and sponsors who participate in WalkAmerica. The steps they take help fund important March of Dimes research into areas, such as gene therapy and prevention of premature labor; programs that help more women get prenatal care; and education about folic acid, the B vitamin that may help prevent serious birth defects of the brain and spinal cord.
The March of Dimes appreciates the tremendous support of the residents of Brainerd, and business and corporate sponsors. We would like to thank the following companies for helping on the day of the walk:
Viking Coca-Cola, Coco Moon, Metz Baking Company, Northern Food King, Reeds Market, Kmart, Blue Bunny, TDS/USLink, KLIZ, State Farm Insurance, College Square, Wendy's, Kaniyohi, McDonald's, Cub Foods, Old Dutch, Glenda's Clowns, Grand Casino, Crow Wing Power.
Thank you for joining with us in the successful fight to save babies.
March of Dimes Community Director
They took the time
I would like to thank the Brainerd Lakes Area Rotary Club for taking the time to clean up the boulevard behind the Westgate Mall on Jackson Street.
It is great to have such a wonderful community organization like this in our area.
Mounted Eagles wishes to publicly thank each and every one of the generous people who contributed to the success of our program during the year 1999.
The Brainerd Aerie No. 287 of the Fraternal Order of Eagles, The Pine Center Sportsmen's Club, Knights of Columbus St. Isidore Council No. 3982, Smith Holt Lakes Association, VFW, Andrew F. Kokesh Post No. 1816, Pequot Lakes Chamber of Commerce, Brainerd Lions, Mille Lacs Lions Club, Garrison Lions Club, Veterans of Foreign Wars Mahlum Hanson Post No. 1647, Myrin James American Legion Post No. 443, Mille Lacs Electric Community Trust, Bethesda Lutheran Church of Rossberg, David Thiel Family, Wolf Creek 4-H Club.
We especially want to thank each and every person who gave of their time, materials, supplies, goods and facilities for the benefit of our riders.
Our riders experienced a year of meeting challenges and growth and we are proud of each and every one of their successes. Because of the friends of our program we look forward to another great year. Thank you from the Mounted Eagles.
The Lakes Area Food Shelf would like to thank all the people who donated to the March Food Drive. We had the best March drive ever and it is all because of your support. Our final tally was 5,115 pounds of food taken in and $11,908.00 earned. Thank you!
The Lakes Area Food Shelf helps an average of 140 families per month and gives out an average of 12,351 pounds of food a month.
Through the support of our volunteers, local charitable organizations and citizens we are making a difference in the well being of these families. We thank you for sharing. We could not do this without your help and support.
Lakes Area Food Shelf
The Southeast Brainerd Resident's Association (SEBRA) would like to thank the following people and organizations for helping to make our annual spring clean-up a huge success:
Host -- Harrison Elementary and Gary Peterson, janitor. Sponsor -- Community Asset Builders and Family Services Collaborative. Workers -- Girls' PORT, Boys' PORT, MN National Guard, Sentencing to Serve Group and Pete Clement, CWC Solid Waste and John Maattala and Doug Morris, Habitat for Humanity VISTA workers Heidi Wagner and Sara Mattson, the Arnone family, Jim Bollinger, Katie Yager, Pat Sharbonda and Karl Samp. Donations -- Crow Wing Recycling, Brainerd YMCA, Bremer Bank, Pamela's Hair Studio, Deb Olander, Lakes Area Senior Center and Jill Waller, Oak Street Triangle Store, Green Mill, Great Plains Graphics, John's Tavern, Erickson's Greenhouse, Black Bear Saloon, Anderson Cleaner's, Brainerd Fire Department, Lakes Printing, Auto Value, S.A.V.E., Bremer Insurance, CWC Solid Waste Management.
Thanks also to all the residents who participated to help make Southeast Brainerd a cleaner, safer place to live.
Secretary of SEBRA
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