Give Kids a Smile

WILLMAR — The annual Give Kids a Smile charity event will be held Feb. 5 in two locations in the West Central Tribune area. More than 1,000 dentists in Minnesota will provide 100% free dental care to children in need.

  • Green Lake Dental in Spicer will have its clinic from 8 a.m. to noon. Call 320-796-2158 to make an appointment.
  • Carris Health Dental Clinic will have its clinic from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. To schedule an appointment for your child, call 320-2214-2620. Appointments will fill up quickly.


The American Red Cross conducts blood drives in the west central area. To give blood you must be at least 17 years old, weigh 110 pounds or more and be in good health. You can give blood every 56 days. Double red cells can be donated every 112 days. While all blood types are needed, type O and type B-negative donors are especially encouraged to give.

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Appointments can be made at 1-800-RED-CROSS or online at All donors need acceptable identification. The preferred form is a government-issued picture identification, such as a driver’s license, or a Red Cross blood donor card. Otherwise you will need to provide two other forms of identification, such as a work identification, Social Security card, personal check or credit card. Personalized mail such as a utility bill will not be accepted.

Blood drives scheduled for the Tribune area that still had appointments available as of deadline are:

Jan. 15, Willmar: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Community Center

Jan. 18-19, Redwood Falls: Noon to 6 p.m., Community Center

Jan. 22, Holloway: Noon to 6 p.m., Community Center

Jan. 25, Willmar: Noon to 6 p.m., American Legion

Jan. 25, Hancock: 1 to 7 p.m., The Axis

Jan. 26, Spicer: 1 to 7 p.m., Faith Lutheran Church

Jan. 26, Morris: 12:30 to 6:30 p.m., Hosanna Worship Center

Jan. 26, Granite Falls: 1 to 7 p.m., Kilowatt Center

Jan. 27, Granite Falls: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Kilowatt Center

Jan. 27, Clara City: 12:30 to 6:30 p.m., Community Center

Jan. 28, Atwater: 1 to 7 p.m., Community Center

Jan. 28, Montevideo: 12:30 to 6:30 p.m., Training and Community Center

Jan. 28, Glenwood: 12:30 to 6:30 p.m., Glenwood Lutheran Church

Jan. 29, Willmar: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Kandiyohi County Area YMCA

Jan. 29, Appleton: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Appleton Area Health Services

NAMI Western Minnesota

The National Alliance on Mental Illness and NAMI Minnesota have started online support groups and mental health classes in response to COVID-19. All are available through the Minnesota website at

Home-delivered meals

Willmar Meals on Wheels: Instead of volunteers, CCT bus drivers are delivering Meals on Wheels on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. On these three days, the meal is hot but a frozen meal for the following day or the weekend can also be included.

The meals are available for persons who are unable to cook for themselves due to their age, disability, illness or recent release from the hospital.

Along with the regular meal, three special diet meals are available. The cost is $6.81 and includes all the side dishes (including dessert) and either milk or juice.

Order by 1 p.m. the weekday before the delivery day by calling 320-235-5310 ext. 219 or 320-894-7401.

The menu is available on West Central Industries website, under Business Solutions.

Willmar Senior Dining: The meals will be available for curbside pickup at the Community Center between 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. weekdays. Frozen meals are available.

The meals are open to those who are 60 years of age and older. Suggested donation of $5 a meal, one-time registration is required by calling 1-800-488-4146.

To reserve a meal call 320-262-5288 by noon the day before and leave a message.

The menu is available on the city of Willmar website under Community Center.