Lakes Space Meals Shelf receives $13,000 donation simply in time for Christmas – Pine and Lakes Echo Journal

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PEQUOT LAKES — Simply three days earlier than Christmas, an thrilling reward arrived on the Lakes Space Meals Shelf in Pequot Lakes.

Nisswa’s Zahn Vitality Group had notified the pantry the day earlier than December 21 that it will be coming the subsequent day with the outcomes of the meals and clothes drive it held to learn LAFS. 40 kilos of meals and about 24 baggage of clothes.

“That is unbelievable,” stated LAFS director Cathy Adams in disbelief. “It is unimaginable,” she stated.

On December 22, 2022, Zahn Vitality Group CEO Beth Zahn (left) presents an envelope containing a donation of $13,270 to Lakes Space Meals Shelf Director Kathy Adams.
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Jesse Zahn, a Nisswa Metropolis Council member and vice chairman of Conductor Energy, one of many Zahn Vitality Group firms, stated in an e mail he and his household despatched to greater than 200 workers in regards to the drive in November. I emailed a replica to the pantry.

Zahn instructed workers that though the exercise is voluntary, it’s a nice alternative to offer again to the neighborhood, and the corporate both matches the donation in money or checks donations for each greenback. rice discipline.

“Now we have been very impressed with the beneficiant donations from our workers,” stated Beth Zahn, CEO of the household enterprise.

In the summertime of 2022, Jesse Zahn visited LAFS with a donation of $25,000 from the Metropolis of Nisswa. Throughout that go to, Adams took him by means of the pantry and talked to him in regards to the rising want and the monetary challenges he confronted.

We all know what it wants and what it wants now, and it is even greater than it was. It is a small step and I hope others will observe swimsuit.

Jesse Zahn

“(I instructed him) that is actually nice. I thanked him after which I stated, ‘Possibly we will discuss different (wants).'” Adams stated, “And he checked out me and stated, ‘I will be again.’ And that is what they did.”

Adams was involved that she had stepped over asking for extra, even after making a big donation, however Zahn by no means noticed it that manner.

“What we’d like and what we’d like now’s even better than earlier than,” says Zahn. “It is a small step. I hope others will observe swimsuit. I do know they did. We’re right here to do our half.”

This yr’s wants are better than LAFS has ever skilled. In 2021, the meals shelf served her 4,657 individuals. As of November 30, 2022, it served over 10,000 individuals.

Since final yr, the price of shopping for meals has elevated by 65%, with new households arriving on the pantry each week.

Not solely that, however latest winter storms have introduced further challenges reminiscent of energy outages and delayed deliveries.

“We get emotional,” Adams stated as Zahns and his workers carried meals packing containers and clothes baggage to the storeroom. “However they are surely our buddies and neighbors. Lovely, lovely individuals.”

Zahn stated the names of the attendees (buddies and neighbors) on the Lakes Space Meals Shelf are good.

“When[Adams]says she’s a neighbor’s pal, she takes it house. They are surely. They reside in our yard. They’re in us.” stated Zahn. “Nobody ought to decide a ebook by its cowl. All of us wrestle generally, however we’re right here to assist.”

Echo Journal reporter Megan Buffington might be reached at She graduated from Lakes Excessive College in Pequot in 2021 and is attending the College of Nebraska-Lincoln.

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