Good Neighbors published April 3, 2020

Submissions about charities, benefits and nonprofit fundraisers for the weekly Good Neighbors calendar published Fridays should be emailed to by noon Tuesday.

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Editor’s note: Everything scheduled through April 10 has been canceled. As of Thursday morning, the following were still scheduled.

Kerkhoven Lions

KERKHOVEN — The Kerkhoven Lions breakfast has been canceled but will continue with their drawing on April 5. Tickets available at Lameckers Grocery Store in Kerkhoven or a Lions member.


Two area foundations are working on the COVID-19 relief.

Carris Health Rice Health Foundation and Redwood Hospital Foundation have established a COVID-19 Emergency Fund to receive monetary donations for Carris Health locations. Gifts to this fund will be used to purchase COVID-19 supplies and medical equipment, provide meals for staff who remain on campus to provide care and meet other high-priority needs identified to support the direct care of COVID-19 patients and others in our community.

Monetary gifts can be given online to the COVID-19 Emergency Fund (Carris Health – Rice Memorial Hospital or Carris Health – Redwood Hospital) or mail checks designated for COVID-19 to Rice Health Foundation, 301 Becker Ave. S.W., Willmar, MN 56201 or Redwood Hospital Foundation, 100 Fallwood Rd., Redwood Falls, MN 56283.


Individual county emergency operations centers are coordinating all non-monetary donations for CentraCare and Carris Health facilities. Do not deliver donations to the local hospitals or care facilities. To donate supplies in Kandiyohi County, call 320-214-6780 (collecting homemade PPEs as well as other supplies); and in Redwood County, call 507-637-4035 (collecting new, manufactured supplies only — no homemade PPEs)

Willmar Area Community Foundation in partnership with CommunityGiving has received a grant of $22,900 through the Minnesota Disaster Recovery Fund for coronavirus relief. This funding, along with contributions to the Willmar Area Response Fund, will be used to support local relief efforts from the COVID-19 pandemic which will include wide-scale initiatives to help meet critical basic needs as well as sustaining local organizations providing critical services through recovery. The Willmar Area Response Fund has raised $77,415 as of April 1st.

Grant opportunities through the Willmar Area Response Fund will be available starting this week. Eligible organizations must be a 501(c)3 nonprofit, school or governmental entity that serves Kandiyohi County. Initially, the fund will focus resources toward efforts focused on helping meet basic needs for area residents and critical services. For additional information, visit

Kandiyohi County Food Shelf

WILLMAR — March is Minnesota Food Share month and the Kandiyohi County Food Shelf is competing with other food shelf’s 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. Because of COVID-19 it has been extended through the end of April. Non-perishable food is welcome and cash; $20 will buy almost $200 worth of food through the food bank Second Harvest Heartland.

AIM rose pickup

WILLMAR — Advocacy & Inclusion Matter annual Rose Sale pickup will be from noon to 5 p.m. Thursday, May 28, at the Kandi Mall. If there are any questions, call the AIM at 320-231-1777 or send an email to .

Danielle Barrett

RAYMOND — Danielle 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 be sent to Danielle Barrett benefit, St. John’s Lutheran Church, Box 175, Raymond, MN 56282.

E-quip Africa

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.

Donna Middleton started working at the West Central Tribune in 1975 and has been the news assistant since 1992. She compiles the arts, health, farm and community page calendars, as well as rewrites and works on the special sections.
She can be contacted at or phone 320-214-4341.
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