Thank you for printing the article about the One Stop Donation Drop + Blood Drive in the February 28th issue of The Country Messenger. Many of the attendees at our March 3 event told us that they saw the article in the Messenger and wanted to see what the event was about because of it. 

People brought items for non-profits, made donations, and learned about health issues. They also did a variety of hands-on service projects. Below is the impact of the One Stop Donation Drop + Blood Drive at the local, regional, national, and global levels:

• Up to 45 lives will be saved thanks to 15 blood donors.

• 31 children’s lives will be saved because they will receive a measles shot through One Shot One Life.

• 902 books and 80 learning materials were donated to the African Library Project so 465 orphans and vulnerable children in Malawi, Africa, can have a library at their school.

• 584 items donated to Family Pathways.

• 88.69 pounds of food was collected for the Scandia-Marine Food Shelf.

• 54 milkweed seeds for monarch butterflies were planted in 9 biodegradable planters.

• 43 items were given to children in Child Protective Services at Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota.

• 42 items were donated for use in welcome baskets for new residents at Christian Community Home.

• 24 pictures were colored for Color-a-Smile who then sends them to seniors who are homebound or in nursing homes; veterans; and those in the military.

• 17 items were collected for the Wildlife Science Center.

• 16 DVDs were given to Bridge for Youth for programs for at-risk, homeless, and formerly-homeless youth who are 10-18 years old.

• 11 hats were knitted for newborns at Fairview Lakes Medical Center.

• 10 items were collected for Northwoods Humane Society, $40 was donated, and 1 dog was adopted.

• 10 fleece-tied blankets were donated to Project Linus who will give them to children and teenagers struggling with life-threatening medical issues (3 blankets were made and 7 were donated).

• 9 items were collected and 3 no-sew tie fleece hats were made for pediatric cancer patients at Children’s Hospital.

• 7 raffle tickets were sold by the Scandia-Marine Lions Club which support service projects including college scholarships for high-school graduates.

• 5 ink jet cartridges were collected and recycled by the Forest Lake Lions Club.

• 5 pairs of eyeglasses were collected for the Scandia-Marine Lions Club in support of the Lions Recycle for Sight Program that provides glasses to low- and middle-income individuals.

• 4 boxes of donations were collected by The Baby Blanket & Hannah’s Arms to help single- and low-income mothers.

• People learned from Christ Lutheran Church how mats are made using plarn (plastic yarn made from plastic bags) for those experiencing homelessness.

On behalf of the Forest Lake-Scandia Leo Club, we would like thank the community for supporting these organizations, and making a difference for people and animals in need.

Sophia and Olivia Nienaber

Secretary and Treasurer

Forest Lake-Scandia Leo Club


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