By Jennifer Gallus
Youth from St. James Lutheran Church in Howard Lake are gearing up to raise money for the Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted High School students injured in last week’s car accident.
The idea is for all who are interested to sign up for the 5k Run/Walk during Good Neighbor Days and collect pledges/donations for the accident victims. The run/walk takes place Sunday, June 22 at 8 a.m.
“We want as many people as we can get who want to run with us,” said Patty Diers of Howard Lake, whose son Jeff is coordinating the benefit. “The more the merrier.”
“We felt that as a group we wanted to let the families know that we are thinking about them and wanted to help,” Diers said. “We know that money cannot replace a loved one, but money can help with the extra expenses that they incur during this tragic time.”
The Howard Lake Watershed Alliance sponsors the annual run/walk, and are open to the coordinated, joint effort this year.
Proceeds from those running or walking for the accident victims will go to those families, while proceeds from those running for the watershed will be kept separate.
Those involved in the accident were Madey Kleve, who lost her life; injured were Kacie Carlsted, Mitch Bayerl, and Brie Barfknecht.
“The proceeds [for the accident victims] from these pledges and donations will be split between the four families of the accident. The money they receive will be used at their discretion,” Diers said.
The Kleve family told Diers that their portion will go toward a scholarship.
“We are calling the project ‘Love Thy Neighbor.’ This is from the Bible story of the Good Samaritan. When the disciples asked Jesus, ‘who is our neighbor?’ he answered them that everyone is our neighbor,” Diers explained. “The greatest commandment is love thy Lord thy God with all your heart and all your soul and all your mind; the second greatest commandment is ‘Love thy Neighbor as thyself.’”
A 5k is 3.1 miles. “Even if you walk it at a slow pace, it will only take an hour,” Diers said.
Pledge forms can be picked up at the St. James Church office, Shape and Style, and Emmy’s Salon.
Additional questions can be directed to Jeff at (320) 510-1407 or Patty after 5 p.m. or leave a message at (320) 543-2242.
Pre-registration will help greatly in the planning process.