Lutheran Social Service would like to say "thank you" to all who helped Aug. 4 and 5 with the Becker Furniture Drive for LSS and distribution of furniture to various LSS programs in the lakes area and to local households affected by storm disasters in June.
Those who received furniture included: Baxter Youth Shelter, HOPE Housing Program, homes that serve people with developmental disabilities, Camp Knutson and 11 households affected by the storms in June.
This distribution would not have been possible without the efforts of Becker Furniture World, Target Store of Baxter, DART Transit, Chris Keithley and Keithley Trucking of Pillager, the merchants of Crosslake who provided the use of their community moving truck, Pepsi-Cola of Brainerd, the volunteers from Lutheran Social Service and Target. Thank you for making this collaborative effort to serve people in need a success.
Lutheran Social Service
Thanks to all for another good month working together to serve those in need in Christ's stead. The hot weather made things difficult for both workers and guests. This is reflected in our stats, which are a bit below our norm. In July we served a total of 982 meals. We were open 25 days. This represents an average of 39 meals served per day. Thanks again for all of your help in making this ministry possible.
Special thanks are due this month to many people, churches and organizations. In addition to many financial gifts, we also received gifts of food from the following: Camp Confidence, Julienne Loney, First Presbyterian Church, Lights of the Lakes Methodist Church, Lakes Area Habitat for Humanity, St. Andrew's CCW, Crosslake UMC, Deerwood Lakes Lions and Jane Mix.
Thanks are due, also, to Lakes Area Mat Service for continuing to provide the Soup Kitchen with mats. Thanks for thinking of us!
Sharing Bread Soup Kitchen, Brainerd
I'm writing to offer my most sincere thanks to the people of Brainerd, who so generously welcomed MS TRAM (The Ride Across Minnesota) participants and volunteers.
The enthusiastic citizens of Brainerd provided great entertainment for MS TRAM riders and volunteers alike. A special thanks to everyone who helped with the pre-planning and the coordination of the overnight stay. Riders were able to set up camp at the Crow Wing County Fairgrounds, and they were thankful for the wide variety of food and leisure activities, which helped them recuperate from the day's 77-mile ride. In addition to the events at the fairgrounds, riders also enjoyed the entertainment (and encouragement) from the Power Loon radio personalities, who were broadcasting live.
With the completion of the ride and as we continue collecting pledges, I wanted to thank you for your community's help in raising funds to fight multiple sclerosis. More than 1,200 cyclists participated in the bike tour, and we hope to raise $825,000 this year.
MS TRAM is an annual event that benefits people with MS -- a chronic, often disabling disease of the central nervous system. Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 40, but the unpredictable physical and emotional effects can be lifelong. The progress, severity and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot yet be predicted, but advances in research and treatment are giving hope to those affected by the disease.
The National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Minnesota Chapter, represents the estimated 7,500 Minnesotans with MS. In addition to the many special events such as MS TRAM, the Minnesota chapter coordinates many programs for people with MS, including support groups, MS Camp, exercise therapy and advocacy programs.
MS TRAM was made possible with the generosity and encouragement of the Brainerd community. Your hospitality and efforts made the ride a memorable experience. MS TRAM could not have succeeded without you.
President (and MS TRAM participant)
'Children First For Future'
On July 25 an event took place, "Children First For Future," at Kiwanis Park in Brainerd. The day was to honor and recognize various organizations and all children and youths. More than 100 kids attended with adults' supervision.
Special thank you to Tami Lueck and Penny Quast at Lutheran Social Service for all their extra help bringing dozens of kids from all their programs. Thank you to Baxter Youth Shelter youth workers for your extra support and to Kathi Northburg, Louise Seliski, Julie Guth and all advocates at the Women's Center of Mid-Minnesota for taking part and recruiting children and families. Thanks to the Alex and Brandon Child Safety Center for continued support and to Lucy Franz, Meta-5 Displaced Homemaker Program; Connie Brown, Parish Nurses; Habitat For Humanity; Crow Wing County Attorney Don Ryan; Kinship Partners; Crisis Line; St. Joseph's Medical Center; Brainerd Medical Center; Steve Lastovich, attorney; Friendship Circle; Crow Wing County/University of Minnesota Extension Services; Girls and Boys PORT Group Homes; Collaborative Family Services; Grace Unit; Independent School Districts 186 and 181; Grove House; Crosslake Teen Center; Sexual Assault Services; Crow Wing County United Way; Alexandria United Way; Listening Ear Teen Center; and the Crow Wing County Sheriff's Department for all your extended support.
A special thanks to Mrs. Minnesota Kathy Thompson, Brainerd Mayor James Wallin and Baxter Mayor Gary Muehlhausen for taking part and declaring events. Pat Rinde, Heartland Performing Arts Center, Crosby, performed outstanding dance gymnastics and Andy Hirsch and Dennis Weimann of Lakeland News covered fabulous news as did KCCO/KCCW 7/12's Joe Korkowski, Sam Swanson and Erik Shaffer.
Thanks also to St. Paul Mayor Norm Coleman and Gov. Jesse Ventura for all your continued proclamations. The children enjoyed pizza that was donated by Arby's/Sbarro, Domino's and Pizza Hut. The Children First event recognized October as national domestic violence month. Thank you to all businesses and individuals who contributed time, door prizes and financial support for this worthy cause.
Children First For Future
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