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Andy Fuenffinger of Cottage Grove stacks bean cans for Kaity Forsythe, 17, to stage for Thanksgiving boxes prepared by the St. Paul Park-Newport Lions Club on Saturday. Club members and volunteers, who got help from Cottage Grove Lions Club members, packed 155 Thanksgiving meal baskets for needy south Washington County residents. The meals were delivered Saturday.

Thanksgiving baskets to feed families

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The work took just a matter of minutes, but the results will feed more than 150 families this Thanksgiving.

Dozens of volunteers turned out Saturday at the St. Paul Park fire hall to package Thanksgiving food baskets to be distributed to south Washington County families in need. Each basket -- a large box, really -- was filled with a turkey, bag of potatoes, stuffing mix and other fixings. Volunteers, who bought the items at Cub Foods, later drove the baskets to 155 homes, mainly in Newport, Cottage Grove and St. Paul Park. A few Woodbury families also received a basket.

The holiday event is one of three conducted annually by the St. Paul Park-Newport Lions Club. The club also packages food baskets for Christmas and Easter.

"It's my favorite project of the year," said Kent Petrie of Cottage Grove, a Lions Club member who helped organize the event. "You feel really good when you go out on those (delivery) routes."

"We feel we're doing a little part trying to make the holidays nice," he added.

Scott Wente

Scott Wente has been editor at the South Washington County Bulletin since 2011. He worked as a reporter at other Forum Communications newspapers from 2003 to 2011.

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