Service Projects

Currently, I am working on Give Life...Give Hope - a project I founded and am directing that focuses on hosting quarterly life-saving blood drives combined with hands-on service projects and collections that benefit people who are struggling medically, financially, and educationally. The recipient organizations help those who live locally, regionally, nationally, and globally. Please consider volunteering, donating, or supporting these efforts. 

 

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Scandia Farmers Market at Gammelgarden Museum, 20880 Olinda Trail North, Scandia, MN  55073

3:30-6:30 p.m.

=> Attend a mini-One Stop Donation Drop that benefits local non-profits.

=> See a raptor from the Wildlife Science Center!

=> Bring items for the Wildlife Science Center: deck stain, carabiners, hammers, garden hoses, gift cards to home improvement stores, paper towels, Ziploc bags (any brand/size), and unused metal oil pans. 

=> Color sheets for Color-a-Smile. The coloring sheets will be sent to those in nursing homes or who are homebound; veterans; and servicemen/women who are overseas.

=> Bring non-perishable food for the Scandia-Marine Food Shelf's summer backpack program that benefits children who otherwise would not have food to eat during the summer. Items most needed include: single-serving packages of tuna, macaroni and cheese, cereal, pudding, fruit, and crackers.

=> Bring adult-size jeans (for men or women) that are washed. These will be used at the August One Stop Donation Drop to make shoes for children in Uganda through Sole Hope. 

=> Bring egg cartons for use by Scandia Farmers Market farmers.

=> Bring canning jars for use by Scandia Farmers Market vendors who can produce.

=> Bring eyeglasses and/or hearing aids for the Scandia-Marine Lions Club so they can be refurbished and given to someone in need.

=> Bring wire hangers for a dry cleaning company in St. Paul that will reuse and/or recycle them.

 

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Scandia Farmers Market at Gammelgarden Museum, 20880 Olinda Trail North, Scandia, MN  55073

12:00-6:00 for the blood drive; 3:30-6:30 p.m. for the One Stop Donation Drop

=> Participate in the blood drive with the American Red Cross.

=>Sign up to donate blood. The link will be forthcoming. All blood donors receive a gift card to a local business as well as are entered in an hourly drawing for food or items donated by Scandia Farmers Market farmers/vendors. 

=> Get involved with the One Stop Donation Drop.

=> Create no-sew, fleece tied hats for youth who have cancer and are undergoing chemotherapy at Children's Hospital in Minneapolis.

=> Color sheets for Color-a-Smile. The coloring sheets will be sent to those in nursing homes or who are homebound; veterans; and servicemen/women who are overseas.

=> Bring non-perishable food for the Scandia-Marine Food Shelf's summer backpack program that benefits children who otherwise would not have food to eat during the summer. Items most needed include: single-serving packages of tuna, macaroni and cheese, cereal, pudding, fruit, and crackers.

=> Bring adult-size jeans (for men or women) that are washed. These will be used at the August One Stop Donation Drop to make shoes for children in Uganda through Sole Hope. 

=> Bring items for Community Thread (ankle crew socks for men and women, cookie sheets, and towel sets)

=> Bring egg cartons for use by Scandia Farmers Market farmers.

=> Bring canning jars for use by Scandia Farmers Market vendors who can produce.

=> Bring eyeglasses and/or hearing aids for the Scandia-Marine Lions Club so they can be refurbished and given to someone in need.

=> Bring wire hangers for a dry cleaning company in St. Paul that will reuse and/or recycle them.

 

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Scandia Farmers Market at Gammelgarden Museum, 20880 Olinda Trail North, Scandia, MN  55073

3:30-6:30 p.m.

=> Attend a mini-One Stop Donation Drop that benefits local non-profits.

=> Bring adult-size jeans (for men or women) that are washed. Pattern pieces will be cut from the jeans so that cobblers in Uganda can create shoes for children so they don't get jiggers.   Financial donations are welcome so we can send as many pattern pieces to Uganda and medical services can be provided to the children. 

=> Color sheets for Color-a-Smile. The coloring sheets will be sent to those in nursing homes or who are homebound; veterans; and servicemen/women who are overseas.

=> Bring items for Northwoods Humane Society: Purina Kitten Chow (dry) or NutriSource Cat & Kitten Food, clay cat litter, liquid laundry detergent, 8 1/2"x11" copy paper, and gift cards to Wal-Mart, Target, or Menards.

=> Bring new or very gently used children's books for the Minnesota Literacy Council. These will be distributed to children from low-income families.

=> Bring costume jewelry and estate jewelry for I Have Wings that is refurbished and used to raise funds for women going through breast cancer).

=> Bring non-perishable food for the Scandia-Marine Food Shelf's summer backpack program that benefits children who otherwise would not have food to eat during the summer. Items most needed include: single-serving packages of tuna, macaroni and cheese, cereal, pudding, fruit, and crackers.

=> Bring egg cartons for use by Scandia Farmers Market farmers.

=> Bring canning jars for use by Scandia Farmers Market vendors who can produce.

=> Bring eyeglasses and/or hearing aids for the Scandia-Marine Lions Club so they can be refurbished and given to someone in need.

=> Bring wire hangers for a dry cleaning company in St. Paul that will reuse and/or recycle them.

 

Saturday, December 2, 2018, at Crossroads Church's activity building in Forest Lake, Minnesota:

=> Participate in the blood drive with the American Red Cross.

=>Sign up to donate blood. The link will be forthcoming. All blood donors receive a gift card to a local business

 

PAST EVENTS:

Saturday, December 2, 2017, at Crossroads Church's activity building in Forest Lake, Minnesota:

=> Blood drive with the American Red Cross. Impact: 12 blood donors -25% of whom were teens. 36 lives saved thanks to blood donors!

=> Created 30 comfort bags for children with cancer who are undergoing chemotherapy and receiving a blood transfusion. 

 November 15, 2017: Some of the items that people have purchased that will be used for the comfort bags. There are 10 bags, 90 ginger mints, and six stress-relief balls with positive messages on them. Many more items are available for purchasing on the wish list on Amazon.com (the link is noted under the December 2nd blood drive and comfort bag assembly event).   

November 15, 2017: Some of the items that people have purchased that will be used for the comfort bags. There are 10 bags, 90 ginger mints, and six stress-relief balls with positive messages on them. Many more items are available for purchasing on the wish list on Amazon.com (the link is noted under the December 2nd blood drive and comfort bag assembly event). 
 

 Sophia and Brenda filling two comfort bags for children who have cancer and are undergoing chemotherapy at the December 2nd event.

Sophia and Brenda filling two comfort bags for children who have cancer and are undergoing chemotherapy at the December 2nd event.

 Five youth volunteers working with Sophia on tying a fleece blanket for a child who has cancer. This blanket was put in one of the comfort bags that was assembled on December 2nd. 

Five youth volunteers working with Sophia on tying a fleece blanket for a child who has cancer. This blanket was put in one of the comfort bags that was assembled on December 2nd. 

 One of the blood donors at the December 2nd blood drive. She is holding one pint of blood which has the potential to save three lives!

One of the blood donors at the December 2nd blood drive. She is holding one pint of blood which has the potential to save three lives!

Saturday, March 3, 2018, at Scandia Community Center, 14727 209th Street North, Scandia, MN 55073, from           9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. 

=> Partnered with the Forest Lake-Scandia Leo Club to host a blood drive with the American Red Cross and do a "One Stop Donation Drop" in which the community can drop off donations or make contributions various non-profits. The impact of the event follows: 

-         Up to 45 lives will be saved thanks to 15 blood donors.

-         31 children’s lives will be saved because they will receive a measles shot through One Shot One Life.

-         902 books and 80 learning materials were donated to the African Library Project so 465 orphans and vulnerable children in Malawi, Africa, can have a library at their school.

-         584 items donated to Family Pathways.

-         88.69 pounds of food was collected for the Scandia-Marine Food Shelf.

-         54 milkweed seeds for monarch butterflies were planted in 9 biodegradable planters.

-         43 items were given to children in Child Protective Services at Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota.

-         42 items were donated for use in welcome baskets for new residents at Christian Community Home.

-         24 pictures were colored for Color-a-Smile who then sends them to seniors who are homebound or in nursing homes; veterans; and those in the military.

-         17 items were collected for the Wildlife Science Center.

-         16 DVDs were given to Bridge for Youth for programs for at-risk, homeless, and formerly-homeless youth who are 10-18 years old.

-         11 hats were knitted for newborns at Fairview Lakes Medical Center.

-         10 items were collected for Northwoods Humane Society, $40 was donated, and 1 dog was adopted.

-         10 fleece-tied blankets were donated to Project Linus who will give them to children and teenagers struggling with life-threatening medical issues (3 blankets were made and 7 were donated).

-         9 items were collected and 3 no-sew tie fleece hats were made for pediatric cancer patients at Children’s Hospital.

-         7 raffle tickets were sold by the Scandia-Marine Lions Club which support service projects including college scholarships for high-school graduates.

-         5 ink jet cartridges were collected and recycled by the Forest Lake Lions Club.

-         5 pairs of eyeglasses were collected for the Scandia-Marine Lions Club in support of the Lions Recycle for Sight Program that provides glasses to low- and middle-income individuals.

-         4 boxes of donations were collected by The Baby Blanket & Hannah’s Arms to help single- and low-income mothers.

-         People learned from Christ Lutheran Church how mats are made using plarn (plastic yarn made from plastic bags) for those experiencing homelessness.

 

 A variety of non-profits were at the One Stop Donation Drop including those pictured here: Community Homestead, Lions Gift of Sight, Scandia-Marine Lions Club, Wildlife Science Center, Minnesota Lions Diabetes Foundation, Christ Lutheran Church, and Osceola Medical Center. People could learn how to make plarn (plastic yarn) from plastic bags and use that to help crochet mats for those experiencing homelessness. The table behind the mats had fleece-tied blankets that were made for children and teens experiencing life-threatening health issues. There were additional organizations and activities at the event that aren't pictured here.   

A variety of non-profits were at the One Stop Donation Drop including those pictured here: Community Homestead, Lions Gift of Sight, Scandia-Marine Lions Club, Wildlife Science Center, Minnesota Lions Diabetes Foundation, Christ Lutheran Church, and Osceola Medical Center. People could learn how to make plarn (plastic yarn) from plastic bags and use that to help crochet mats for those experiencing homelessness. The table behind the mats had fleece-tied blankets that were made for children and teens experiencing life-threatening health issues. There were additional organizations and activities at the event that aren't pictured here.

 

 At the One Stop Donation Drop, attendees could knit hat for babies born at Fairview Medical Center in Wyoming (MN); and - at the table behind that - make fleece-tied hats for children undergoing chemotherapy at Children's Hospital in Minneapolis. Representatives from Osceola Medical Center were on hand to share information about diabetes prevention; and volunteers from Northwoods Humane Society had games and prizes, accepted donations, and brought two dogs available for adoption. One dog was adopted that day!

At the One Stop Donation Drop, attendees could knit hat for babies born at Fairview Medical Center in Wyoming (MN); and - at the table behind that - make fleece-tied hats for children undergoing chemotherapy at Children's Hospital in Minneapolis. Representatives from Osceola Medical Center were on hand to share information about diabetes prevention; and volunteers from Northwoods Humane Society had games and prizes, accepted donations, and brought two dogs available for adoption. One dog was adopted that day!

 I'm welcoming blood donors and guests to the One Stop Donation Drop. At the table next to me, there was information about becoming a bone marrow donor. Guests could plant milkweed seeds and take them home to plant in the Spring. In the far back, was the blood drive with the American Red Cross. 

I'm welcoming blood donors and guests to the One Stop Donation Drop. At the table next to me, there was information about becoming a bone marrow donor. Guests could plant milkweed seeds and take them home to plant in the Spring. In the far back, was the blood drive with the American Red Cross. 

 We are getting one of the fleece blankets ready to be cut so it can be tied at the One Stop Donation Drop. People from the community - youth and adults - tied the blankets. They were donated to Project Linus which distributes them to children and teens with life-threatening medical issues.

We are getting one of the fleece blankets ready to be cut so it can be tied at the One Stop Donation Drop. People from the community - youth and adults - tied the blankets. They were donated to Project Linus which distributes them to children and teens with life-threatening medical issues.

 Teachers and staff from Scandia Elementary School donated a car load of children's books and teaching resources to create a library in Malawi, Africa through the African Library Project. Our goal is to collect 1,000 books and raise $500. After the One Stop Donation Drop, we collected 902 books. There are two more collection times happening during April to help reach the 1,000-book goal.

Teachers and staff from Scandia Elementary School donated a car load of children's books and teaching resources to create a library in Malawi, Africa through the African Library Project. Our goal is to collect 1,000 books and raise $500. After the One Stop Donation Drop, we collected 902 books. There are two more collection times happening during April to help reach the 1,000-book goal.