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Kids collect for the needy during 10 Days of Giving

Students at Hillside Elementary School collected 1054 toiletries and $28 in cash as part of “10 Days of Giving,” a program sponsored by Merchant’s Bank and run in conjunction with the 2015 Holiday Train. Pictured are Natalie Heavner, Annelise Faletti, Brett Salmonson, Gregory Fouts, Jenna Coomer, Laynei Lawrence, Lucas Johnson, Meika Hunter, Lydia Best and Elizabeth Menard. 1 / 4
Cole West, a fourth-grader at Armstrong Elementary School, helps Geno Mazzali, an employee with the City of Cottage Grove, load items he and his classmates collected for 10 Days of Giving,” an annual campaign sponsored by Merchants Bank and run in conjunction with the Canadian Pacific’s 2015 Holiday Train. (Bulletin photo by William Loeffler)2 / 4
Kayla Wrobleski, a fifth-grader at Armstrong Elementary School, helps Geno Mazzali, an employee with the City of Cottage Grove, load items she and her classmates collected for “10 Days of Giving,” an annual campaign sponsored by Merchants Bank and run in conjunction with the Canadian Pacific’s 2015 Holiday Train. (Bulletin photo by William Loeffler)3 / 4
Armstrong Elementary students collected toiletries for “10 Days of Giving." They include Ella Schutz, Torrence Abercrombie, Hannah Korpi,? Liz Hayden, Maddison Sand, Rebecca Etten, Mariam Kahn, Ariana Pearson, Alexis Constantine, Maxwell Kaplan, Kayla Wrobleski, Ebere Amadi, Chase Abercrombie, Gabrielle Fenske, Hunter Tima, Sarah Weston and Cole West. (Bulletin photo by William Loeffler)4 / 4

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)

William Loeffler

William Loeffler is a playwright and journalist from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He worked 15 years writing features for the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. He has also written travel stories based on his trips to all seven continents. He and his wife, Michelle, ran the Boston Marathon in 2009. 

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