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Contribution appreciated

To the Editor:

On behalf of the Martin County Historical Society board of directors, I would like to acknowledge and thank Darwin Roberts for his generous financial contribution to our organization. This donation will serve to help the Historical Society continue its mission of acquiring, preserving, displaying and making the rich history of Martin County accessible to all.

Lenny Tvedten,

executive director

Martin County Historical Society

Enriching people’s lives

To the Editor:

With the holidays approaching, it is always a good time to reflect on the blessings we have. While most of us don’t have to worry about when our next meal is, many families are missing that experience of comfort and satiation. It saddens me to know that people, even in our country, struggle with meeting basic needs like food and shelter.

The Martin County Kids Against Hunger organization helps to fulfill that basic need of food for our local food shelves and the people of Haiti.

I was fortunate to become involved in the food pack six years ago with my co-workers at Valero. While I was aware of the hunger situation in Haiti, I was naïve to the fact that hunger was a concern in my community. About 10 percent of the meals packed last year were distributed at the local food shelves.

The KAH organization goes beyond just providing food relief to those in need. It developed a meal that provides 21 vitamins and minerals and adequate nutrition for a full day. Their meal formulation also accommodates the diversity of ethnic taste and religious differences around the world because it is both gluten-free and vegan. The meal provides easily digestible protein, carbohydrates and vitamins needed by both malnourished children and adults. It’s remarkable that this meal costs only 23 cents and has a shelf life of three years.

The Martin County KAH has packed 965,644 meals and raised $245,300 in the last nine years. Next year, the food pack will be Feb. 17 at the St. John Vianney School. You can go to the website for more information and a link to sign up teams. Donations can also be sent Kids Against Hunger c/o Beth Reeve, 918 Summit Drive, Fairmont, MN 56031.

Please consider donating your time or money this upcoming year to the Martin County KAH. You can be assured that your donation will enrich the life of the recipient and your own.

Tonya Klunder