Readers’ Views

Thanks for supplies

To the Editor:

On behalf of the kindergarten teachers and staff at Fairmont Elementary School, I would like to thank the generous donors in the surrounding communities that aided in providing nearly 110 kindergarteners with their school supplies for the 2017-2018 school year.

It is always a nice way to kick off our school year as we watch the anxious students explore what they received in their goody bag, which consisted of a toolbox, pencils, crayons, scissors, gluesticks and Kleenex.

A special thank you to all of the volunteers who helped gather and hand out the supplies, as well. We are lucky to live in such a caring and giving community. Thank you.

Heather Stromberg


Donors appreciated

To the Editor:

Thank you to all the blood donors who answered the call to come and donate. Here are the results from the September blood drive in Fairmont:

o Tuesday, Sept. 12 — 83 units collected with a goal of 98 units

o Wednesday, Sept. 13 — 94 units collected with a goal of 91 units

o Thursday, Sept. 14 — 43 units collected with a goal of 50 units

In total, 220 units were collected on the goal of 239 .

Thanks to all the long-time volunteers and the new volunteers who have answered the call for greeter and canteen volunteers. Anyone interested in volunteering, please contact Cathy Stapel at (507) 381-2066. Thanks also to Kate Hawkins for organizing the team of volunteers at the blood drive, to John McDonald and Kyle Redenius with Sentence to Serve, and always, to the Holiday Inn for the fine facilities and great staff, especially Mike Christians and Megan Haegeman for their assistance.

The next blood drive will be Dec. 5-7. Please contact Red Cross for appointments to (800) RED-CROSS.

Cathy Stapel,

donor recruitment representative

American Red Cross

St. Paul