Herald JournalHerald Journal, July 18, 2005

Youth from five churches pick up paintbrushes

By Lynda Jensen

More than two dozen local youths wielded paintbrushes in the warm summer sun last week to paint 90 garbage cans at the Wright County Fairgrounds.

The painting project is part of a larger effort to raise money for a massive food pack planned this fall for Kids Against Hunger at the Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted High School Wednesday, Aug. 17.

For the painting project, young people from five different churches went to work: St. James and St. John’s of Howard Lake, St. Mary’s in Waverly, St. John’s of Winsted and Holy Trinity.

The painters included: Matt Arlien, Tony Heisler, Kaylee Erickson, Maggie Horstmann, Siggy Ilg, Riley Ilg, Sharayah Clos, Ayssa Krause, Kelsy Clark, Brooke Hoese, Brittany Hoese, Abby Schlueter, Kendra Fureseth, Meghan Williams, Ellie Arvidson, Sarah Drusch, Tiffany Drusch, John Yukel, Nathan Habisch, David Buttenhoff, Danielle Buttenhoff, Becca Luhman, Deb Nessett, Amanda Nessett, Beau Nessett, Karen Erickson, Kayla Hofer and Jamie Hofer.

Since the spring, volunteers have been making steady progress in the drive for the fall food pack, said Karen Erickson, coordinator.

This includes church collections, local 4-H projects, and money collected from spring concerts hosted by the HLWW fourth through ninth graders, she said.

Other benefactors include the Howard Lake Lions, Sons of the Legion, St. James church collections, Woodland Woodettes 4-H, a collection taken at the St. Mary’s family night in Waverly, and matching funds from Thrivent Financial of Wright County.

Currently, K&K Recycling is donating proceeds toward the project as well. There is an account set up at K&K for this purpose, she said.

They have managed to save $2,800 so far, Erickson said. That would feed 28,000 people, she noted.

The Howard Lake pack will propel Kids Against Hunger toward its five million food packets mark.

A recent drive in Lester Prairie packed 120,000 meals and raised $7,000; the drive was done in conjunction with a consortium of churches there.

In fact, the Lester Prairie drive is what inspired Erickson to plan one here, to harness the energy of kids from Howard Lake, Waverly, and Winsted.

When she participated with the Lester Prairie drive, along with 13 others, she was impressed by what she saw. “You should have seen those kids go,” she said.

“We were just amazed with how Lester did it,” she added. The kids packaged 2,500 packets of food in two hours, she said.

The HLWW school pack will be designed to contribute toward the Wright County food shelf, along with the traditional drive toward food packets and donations.

One hundred percent of the proceeds go toward food for the hungry. The packets sent overseas are usually delivered by US soldiers.

A committee is coordinating the fundraising.

Interested youth who wish to volunteer or those who wish hire youth to have odd jobs done are asked to call Erickson at (320) 286-6782.

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