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Good Neighbors published Dec. 15, 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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Santa’s Seniors: Santa is spreading holiday cheer to his 55 & older (wiser) kids this season. The Willmar Community Center and Dethlefs Community Center in Spicer are spreading the holiday spirit in this Secret Santa-style gift card exchange. Bring in a $15 gift card from Dec. 1-Dec. 17, then stop back between Dec. 20-Dec. 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.


Otto Bremer Trust

WILLMAR — The Otto Bremer Trust has awarded $15,978,453 in grants as part of its most recent grantmaking cycle. Area groups receiving grants include:

Advocacy and Inclusion Matter of West Central Minnesota: Willmar, $27,500, for general operations to provide advocacy, education, wellness, and social inclusion services to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in west central Minnesota.

Girl Scouts of Minnesota and Wisconsin Lakes and Pines: Waite Park, $50,000, for general operations to provide youth development opportunities and programs for girls residing in Greater Minnesota and northwestern Wisconsin.

Women’s Rural Advocacy Programs: Marshall, $50,000, for general operations to provide safety and supportive services for victims of domestic abuse and sex trafficking in southwest Minnesota.

Jennie-O Turkey Store

WILLMAR — United Community Action Partnership’s transportation program, Helping People Get There, received a $5,000 donation from Jennie-O Turkey Store of Willmar. Vehicles are donated to the program by community members, repaired, and matched to working families who have no transportation resources of their own.

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