Good Neighbors published Sept. 17, 2020

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

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Ryan Clarke Scholarship

NEW LONDON — A fundraiser for the Ryan Clarke Scholarship fund will be from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 19, at the American Legion in New London. Chicken dinner and bake sale from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., silent auction 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., meat raffle at 4 p.m. Funds raised will go for scholarships for emergency personnel.

Kwik Trip

WILLMAR — Kwik Trip had a ribbon cutting last week for the downtown Willmar store. Receiving $1,000 checks as part of the ceremony were Family Promise and the Kandiyohi County Food Shelf.

Free paper shredding

WILLMAR — The annual paper shredding event will be from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 26, at Kensington Bank, 2800 First St. S. in Willmar. West Central Shredding will shred paper documents for free. Free will donation for the Willmar Area Food Shelf.


John Booth IV

RENVILLE — A GoFundMe for 4-year-old John Michael Booth IV has been set up by his mother, Lacey Booth of Renville, at .

He was born March 21, 2016, with a congenital heart defect known as hypoplastic left heart syndrome. He underwent two open heart surgeries and was placed on the heart transplant list in February 2020. He was able to wait for a new heart at home and received it 136 days later. After 12 days, he went home and was doing well with his new heart. A week after being home, John began to spike a fever and had a headache. They returned to the hospital for tests, and on Aug. 1, the family was told John was rejecting his heart. He is hospitalized and battling the rejection. More information is available on his CaringBridge site .

Habitat for Humanity

WILLMAR — Habitat for Humanity of West Central Minnesota ReStore is accepting 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 St. S. 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 contact 320-235-9000 or .

Charity walk/ride/bike

Charity events such as walkathons, runs, motorcycle rides and bicycle rides in the area will be listed in this calendar, including event details, where it will be held, how to register and fundraising events associated with it.

Walk to End Alzheimer’s: Sept. 26, 9 a.m., Willmar. Check-in and registration 9 a.m., opening and Promise Garden ceremony on Mainstage web page found on , followed by walk in your neighborhood. Register online at . The drive-through Promise Garden will be open for viewing from 9 a.m. to noon across from Walgreen's in Willmar.

National Alliance on Mental Illness: Sept. 26, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. NAMIWalks Minnesota’s DIT (Do It Together) virtual walk will combine virtual “socially distanced” components with “real life” safe-distance celebrations. To register, “see classes” at or, contact Julia at or 651-645-2948, ext. 104.

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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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