December 12, 2016

Making spirits bright

Gifts from the Heart fills holiday need
By STU MERRY
Bitterly cold temperatures Saturday didn’t deter a large number of volunteers from turning out to fill food baskets for the annual Gifts from the Heart drive.
With temps hovering around minus -20 below, Rev. Dick Hendrickson, who along with wife Sue coordinate the campaign, said they feared the number of helpers would be small.
Their fears were put to rest as at 9 a.m. about 40 volunteers poured through the doors of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Garrison.
“On a day when we figured we’d have five, we get this many,” said Sue. “It’s amazing.”
It took only 20 minutes for the volunteers to sort dozens of bags of non-perishables donated by area residents.

The Weather Network