Kids collect for the needy during 10 Days of Giving
Nearly a dozen local schools collected toiletries and cash for “10 Days of Giving,” an annual campaign sponsored by Merchants Bank and run in conjunction with the Canadian Pacific Holiday Train visit to Cottage Grove. District 833 schools participated, as well as Hope Christian Academy. Students collected paper towels, shampoo, toothpaste, soap and cash for the Friends in Need Food Shelf in St. Paul Park. The items were placed in large cardboard boxes, which were picked up Dec. 10 by employees of the city of Cottage Grove, Canadian Pacific Railway, Merchants Bank and Werner Electric.
Randy Bachman, branch manager at Merchants Bank in Cottage Grove, said they collected 10,836 food items and toiletries and $85 in cash for Friends in Need. An additional $989 was raised through Merchant’s Swipe Out Hunger campaign, where they donated 5 cents each time a Merchant's credit card or debit card was used.
(Bulletin photos by William Loeffler)