Good Neighbors published May 3, 2023

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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AAUW book sale

WILLMAR — The Willmar branch of the American Association of University Women annual book sale will be from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, May 4; 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday, May 5, and 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 6, at the Willmar Community Center in the Sunshine Room. Donations of books can be dropped off from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 3. Proceeds will be used to fund several local scholarships and a national post-graduate scholarship.

MACCRAY 2180 Foundation

CLARA CITY — The MACCRAY 2180 Foundation will serve a drive-through cheeseburger meal, with sides, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Friday, May 5, at the MACCRAY campus in Clara City. Use the elementary entrance. Freewill donation. Items purchased during the online fundraiser auction will be available for pickup at the school.

Raymond American Legion Auxiliary

RAYMOND — The Raymond American Legion Auxiliary pie sale will be from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 6, at the Raymond Community Center. Freewill donation for a slice of pie and coffee. Whole pies are $15.

Carla Kannenberg

SPICER — A spaghetti dinner benefit for Carla Kannenberg will begin at 11 a.m. Sunday, May 7, at the American Legion in Spicer. She was diagnosed with primary lateral sclerosis two years ago, which is a progressive disease that shares similarities with both multiple sclerosis and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, often called ALS, though it progresses more slowly than ALS. The condition has already affected her left side and continues to spread throughout her body, resulting in significant mobility challenges. To improve accessibility and address her changing needs, essential home renovations are required. There will also be a bake sale and silent auction.

Keep reading for more of this week's calendar items below the related content.

Other community news:
Submissions about charities, benefits and nonprofit fundraisers for the weekly Good Neighbors calendar published Wednesdays should be emailed to by noon Friday.
The Sanford Center is set to host Hellzapoppin: The World-Famous Traveling Circus Freakshow on June 22-24 as part of the group's “Shortyth Anniversary Decade of Destruction Tour.”
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.


Little Bums of Willmar

WILLMAR — Little Bums of Willmar is in the middle of fundraising and collecting donations for a diaper drive. A drive-thru diaper giveaway for all households in need is set from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 20, at the Willmar Community Center parking lot. Limit two sizes per household.

Diaper and wipe donations, all sizes and brands, may be dropped off at the Willmar Community Center, Kensington Insurance, Cub Foods, Cash Wise Foods, Willmar Public Library, Healthy Fusion and Reading Therapy Center of Willmar.

Monetary donations by check may be made out to the United Way of West Central Minnesota, note “Little Bums of Willmar” in the memo line, P.O. Box 895 in Willmar. Find Little Bums of Willmar on Facebook at for online donations.

Deputy Josh Owen

GLENWOOD — Minnesota statewide law enforcement organizations are partnering to collect financial donations for the family of Pope County Sheriff's Deputy Josh Owen, who was killed in the line of duty on April 15, 2023. Deputy Owen leaves behind a wife and son, and all proceeds will go directly to the Owen family.

Donate online through the Law Enforcement Labor Services Benevolent Fund at www.LELS.ORG/benevolent-fund ; donate online through the Minnesota Fraternal Order of Police at ;  or visit any Wells Fargo location and donate to the “Funds for Heroes” account with the Minnesota Fraternal Order of Police.

Willmar Music Matters

WILLMAR — Willmar Music Matters is sponsoring a musical instrument donation drive during the month of May. Used orchestra and band instruments will be collected, repaired and loaned to students. The goal is to remove financial barriers and to increase student participation in instrumental music programs in Willmar Public Schools. Willmar Schools currently offer orchestra in grades 4-12 and band in grades 6-12.

Instrument donations can be dropped off at Willmar Middle School, Assembly of God Church, Bethel Lutheran Church, Calvary Lutheran Church, St. Mary’s Catholic Church or Vinje Lutheran Church through the month of May. Donors will be provided with a receipt upon request.

Willmar Music Matters will help provide the financial support needed for the repair and maintenance of these instruments. To make a financial contribution, make checks payable to “Willmar Music Matter” and mail to Willmar Music Matters, P O Box 507, Willmar, MN 56201, or donate online at . Donations are tax-deductible.


Kandiyohi County Food Shelf

WILLMAR — The Kandiyohi County Food Shelf helps people living in Kandiyohi County who are in need of food assistance. It is located at 624 Pacific Ave. S.W. in Willmar.

Curbside pickup: Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, 8 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.; Friday, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Stop by the stop sign at the front door and call 320-235-2641 .

In-person pickup: Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Friday, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.. Park across the street or in the parking lot and bring your own bags/boxes.

NAPS distribution: Fourth Tuesday of each month, 1 to 2 p.m., Nutrition Assistance Program for Seniors for individuals 60 years of age and older that qualify by income with Second Harvest Heartland. Call 800-365-0270 to sign up.

Habitat for Humanity

WILLMAR — Habitat for Humanity of West Central Minnesota ReStore accepts donations of appliances, furniture, cabinetry, building materials and more. All donations must be approved by staff before acceptance. Donations can be brought to 4722 Highway 71 N.E., north of 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 the website at .

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The West Central Tribune newsroom can be reached via email: or phone 320-235-1150.
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