RAYMOND — A benefit breakfast for Danielle Barrett will be from 7 to 11 a.m. Saturday, March 14, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Raymond. Egg bakes, pancakes, sausage, muffins, and beverages for freewill donation. Silent auction and baked goods for sale. Barrett was diagnosed with chiari malformation in November and has had five surgeries and been out of work. She hopes to be well enough to return to work in April. Donations may also be sent to Danielle Barrett benefit, St. John’s Lutheran Church, Box 175, Raymond, MN 56282.
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.
Kandiyohi County Rescue
WILLMAR — The annual smelt and fish fry will be served from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, March 15, and 4 to 8 p.m. Monday, March 16, (or until gone) at the American Legion in Willmar. Adult tickets are $12, children under 10 are $6.
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 New London-Spicer 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.
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. 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. 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.
Kandiyohi County Food Shelf
WILLMAR — March is Minnesota Food Share month and the Kandiyohi County Food Shelf is competing with other food shelves in Minnesota for grant dollars. The amount of grant dollars received is based upon the amount of revenue each food shelf receives during the month of March. Non-perishable food is welcome and cash. A $20 cash donation will buy almost $200 worth of food through the food bank Second Harvest Heartland. Organizations and groups holding events to raise food and money are:
Willmar Area Symphonic Orchestra Concert: March 15, 3 p.m., freewill donation during intermission.
Radio for Relief: March 20, 7 to 10 a.m., bring your cash and food donation to the food shelf.
Woodbury Chorus and Orchestra: March 24, 4 p.m., Vinje Lutheran Church, WIllmar, freewill donation.
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.
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.