Good Neighbors published Nov. 23, 2022

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Clara City Lions

CLARA CITY — The Clara City Lions will serve a pancake supper from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 25, at MACCRAY High School. Freewill donation. Christmas trees will be for sale from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 26, in the Almich’s Market parking lot.

Willmar Eagles

WILLMAR — There will be a holiday bake sale fundraiser from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, at the Willmar Eagles, 136 Sixth St. S.W. in Willmar. All proceeds are donated to local charities.

Christmas 2022

Stuff the Ambulance: Dec. 2, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., in front of Uptown Willmar (formerly Kandi Mall) in Willmar. The 15th annual drive is collecting new, unwrapped toys, and cash donations will also be accepted and used to purchase additional toys. All gifts will be distributed by the Salvation Army in Willmar.

Community toy swap: Dec. 17, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Willmar. Come swap or pick out some free used toys just in time for the holidays. Used toys in good condition may be donated in the box outside the church. For more information, call Sarah at 208-866-1944 .

Willmar toy drive: Through Dec. 23, new unwrapped toys can be dropped off between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. weekdays in the big box under the canopy at the Willmar Community Center for youth in Kandiyohi County.


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Appleton Food Shelf

APPLETON — The Appleton Food Shelf is a satellite site of the Prairie Five food banks. It is open 10 a.m. to noon Tuesdays and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays at Zion Lutheran Church.

Appleton Area Health: Through November, collecting boxes of breakfast cereal for the food shelf. Donations may be left in the front entry of the Appleton Area Health clinic during business hours.

Jennie-O Turkey Store

WILLMAR — The Kandiyohi County Food Shelf received a $10,000 donation from the Jennie-O corporate office in Willmar and the Benson Avenue and Willmar Avenue plants in Willmar. For the 12th year Hormel Foods, the parent company of Jennie-O, has given funds to its U.S. manufacturing facilities to share with nonprofits in their communities in an effort to fight hunger.

Doosan Bobcat

LITCHFIELD — Doosan Bobcat North America employees recently wrapped up their fall giving campaign. The company donated more than $250,000 to more than 100 local organizations. The campaign allowed employees to concentrate their efforts toward nonprofits in local communities. Doosan Bobcat matched nearly half of total employee donations. New this year, employees could choose any organization with a 501(c)(3) status, rather than selecting from a set list of nonprofit organizations.

The Litchfield plant gave its donations to the Meeker County Emergency Food Shelf, St. Philip’s School in Litchfield and United Way of West Central Minnesota. Donations were also given to national organizations Wounded Warrior Project Inc. and the Gary Sinise Foundation.

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 that serve residents of Kandiyohi County. For additional information and the online application, visit and select “WACF Community Impact Grant Round.” The deadline is Jan. 15.


This past year, the Willmar Area Community Foundation invested $188,000 through the Community Impact Grant Round. This included investments to launch the Elevate 360 employment program through the Bethesda Foundation, supporting the Summer Fun Run series through Miles4Mentors, assisting MNyou Mobile Mini-Market to educate and provide fresh produce to communities experiencing food insecurity and supporting the community mural project at Woodland Centers.

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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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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