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Kinship feels blessed

December 24, 2012
Fairmont Sentinel

To the Editor:

As the Psalm reads, "Cast your bread upon the waters and it shall be returned to you." Caring people in our area have reached out to bless Kinship, creating a flow of blessings from others.

Michelle Rosen, our wonderful assistant principal at Fairmont Elementary School, encouraged her family to give to Kinship in lieu of gifts to each other. Because of her, the entire Rosen family gave abundantly.

Hawkins Chevrolet sought to provide for needs of youth associated with schools and several groups in our area. Once those needs were known, others such as Chuck Mixson, Lindsay Windows, Early Rise Kiwanis and even the Estherville, Iowa, music store stepped forth to help.

Valero Renewable has given generous support to Kinship. Their employees are mentors to Kinship kids and, in addition, this Christmas all at Valero pooled donations to provide for a Kinship family in need.

The Minnesota Trucking Association makes Christmas merry for our Kinship kids. And, Mike O'Neil, of Welcome, made a special trip to deliver their gifts in time for a Merry Christmas.

Our Kinship kids had a joyous Christmas party thanks to Steve & Carol Pierce offering use of their Old Post Office. Fareway, Walmart and HyVee greatly added to the food served. Steve Hawkins organized fun games. Scott Fuhrman, Jan Rieland, Pam Carlson and Steve Pomerenke sang carols. A highlight was Dave Martens impersonating Santa. (Don't let out his identity.)

In a recent Sentinel supplement, several fifth-graders wrote they were inspired by people helping and serving others. May our blessings be multiplied as we continue to inspire each other this Christmas and throughout the New Year.

Char Kahler

Fairmont Area Kinship



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