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Good Neighbors published Dec. 1, 2021

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

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Nordic ski boosters

WILLMAR — The Willmar Nordic ski boosters will serve a chili and soup dinner from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 3, at the Willmar Community Center. Tickets are $10 for adults, $7 for students and $22 for a family. They are available from ski team and ski club members and at the door. There will be an expo featuring cross country ski equipment and local ski trail information. Proceeds will be used for public cross country ski trails in Willmar, and to support the high school Nordic ski team.


Stuff the Ambulance: Dec. 3, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., in front of the Uptown Willmar mall (formerly the Kandi Mall). The 15th annual drive will collect new, unwrapped toys. Cash donations will also be accepted and will be used to purchase additional toys. All gifts will be distributed by the Salvation Army in Willmar.

Santa’s Seniors: Santa is spreading holiday cheer to his 55 & older (wiser) kids this season at the Willmar Community Center. Bring in a $15 gift card from Dec. 1- 17, then stop back between Dec. 20-23 to pick out a gift card (with potential surprises included). Great way to spread holiday cheer to local seniors this season.

Willmar toy drive: Through Dec. 17, new unwrapped toys can be dropped off daily between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. weekdays at the Willmar Community Center for the Kandiyohi County Toys for Tots.

Willmar Area Community Foundation

WILLMAR — The Willmar Area Community Foundation has opened its annual grant round to fund programs that focus on three different areas this year: addressing the opportunity gap for youth, increasing community connections and welcoming diverse populations, and supporting productive aging.


Eligible organizations must be a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, school or government entity which serves residents of Kandiyohi County. For additional information and the online application, visit and select “WACF General Grants.” The deadline is Jan. 15.

This past year, the Willmar Area Community Foundation invested $128,000 through the Community Impact Grant Round. This included the investment to the MNYou Junior Master Gardener Program in providing children with culturally relevant learning experiences; supporting Project Turnabout in the construction of their outpatient and women’s center in Willmar; and Ridgewater College’s pilot multilingual community journalism program.

Habitat for Humanity

WILLMAR — Habitat for Humanity of West Central Minnesota ReStore accepts 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, call 320-235-9000 or see .

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The weekly Around Our Region calendar of events is published Wednesdays. Submissions may be emailed to with “Around our Region” in the subject line at least a week in advance.
Submissions about charities, benefits and nonprofit fundraisers for the weekly Good Neighbors calendar published Wednesdays should be emailed to by noon Friday.