WILLMAR – The 14th annual Save Our Tails will be at 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28, at the Willmar Conference Center to raise money for the Humane Society of Kandiyohi and Meeker Counties. Buffet dinner, silent auction and live auction. Tickets are $30 in advance, $35 at the door; $10 for ages 12 and under. Advance tickets available at the Hawk Creek Animal Shelter, Lulu Beans and or by phone at 320-235-7612.
OLIVIA — The rescheduled benefit for Briar Lippert, son of Jay and Heidi Lippert of Blomkest, will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 29, at Max’s Grill in Olivia. Grandparents are Jeff and Kris Lippert of Spicer and Bruce and Kim Clement of Darfur. Briar was born July 1, 2019, with Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome, the left side of his heart was underdeveloped. He had his first eight-hour open heart surgery when he was 6 days old and has had many surgeries and procedures since and will need another major surgery around the age of 3. He will be on medication the rest of his life and currently takes nine medications per day. There will be a dinner, silent auction and more. Donations may also be sent to Briar Lippert benefit, Home Town Bank, Olivia.
New London Boy Scouts
NEW LONDON – New London Boy Scout Troop 228 will serve an all-you-can-eat spaghetti supper from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Sunday, March 15, at Peace Lutheran Church in New London. Spaghetti, bread stick, lettuce salad and beverage. Tickets are $10, take-outs available for $8, baked goods for sale.
SPICER — A benefit for Melissa Freiberg will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, March 28, at the American Legion in Spicer. Baked potato bar and silent auction. A bake sale will begin at noon.
Freiberg is originally from Spicer and attended NLS schools and was a previous employee of Vegdahls/Bonnema Hardware but has been unable to work since July 2019. She lives in Spicer with her boyfriend, Darin Anfinson, and her daughter, Maya Larson. She had her first kidney transplant in 1997. Ten years later she experienced kidney failure and has been doing dialysis daily at her home for 13 years. Due to certain medical issues there is no local medical facility able to perform the transplant. After much searching, she located Dr. William Montgomery of Langone Medical Center in New York City. Darin Anfinson is hoping to donate a kidney but testing is not yet complete. If Anfinson is not able to donate, she will be provided a kidney from another donor. Once the transplant has been completed she will be required to stay in New York City for 60 days due to possible complications, at her own expense. Donations may also be sent to Central Minnesota Credit Union, 163 Hwy. 23, Spicer MN, 56288 with a note "Melissa Freiberg Benefit" on the donation.
WILLMAR — Backpacks for homeless veterans are available at the Willmar Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legions in Willmar, Spicer and New London, and the Kandiyohi County Veterans Service Office. The Willmar VFW donated the backpacks and they are filled with personal hygiene products donated by community members.
Habitat for Humanity
WILLMAR — Habitat for Humanity of West Central Minnesota ReStore is accepting donations of building materials, large appliances, furniture and more. All donations must be approved by staff before acceptance. Donations can be brought to 2424 First Street South in Willmar between 11 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Saturday. For more information contact 320-235-9000 or www.habitatwcm.org.
WILLMAR – E-quip Africa in Willmar is accepting newer, smaller computers such as laptops and slim or compact desktops which are easier to ship. All computers need their original power supplies, cords, keyboards and mice and be in good working condition. They need to be Windows machines running Windows 7, 8.1 or 10. Call 320-894-1680 for more information or how to donate equipment. A $25 cash donation is suggested which will help us ship the computers to West African schools.