Once again, the friendly folks from Nazareth Lutheran Church, generated a change reaction of good-will and appreciation for the Owen-Withee School District by collecting gifts for a kindness table.
“The kids and teachers loved the kindness tables in the past and with this year being so hard on everyone, we really want to show that we are thinking of them. We hope that it brings cheer,” remarked Donna Rasmussen, the lead elf or Easter bunny on this kindness project.
This year, the seasonal kindness tables were especially bountiful as monetary donations from the O-W Lions Club ($200), Nazareth Lutheran ($250) plus collection plate ($375), and Thrivent ($250) were used to purchase even more gifts such as toys, books, trinkets, notebooks, gift cards, snacks and much more. Donna Rasmussen, Nazareth Lutheran member and Jane Petersen, Thrivent representative, had a wonderful time buying Easter joys for girls and boys and teachers with the generous donations! Gift cards from Withee BP and Chesters were donated as well.
Last Friday afternoon volunteers gathered at Nazareth hall to fill extra-large gift bags with items for the elementary school classrooms. On Monday morning, Lyle Roe helped Donna and Jim Rasmussen load up the Easter goodies and deliver them to the schools. The elementary school classrooms received large gift bags, teachers and staff were given baskets of gifts and gifts were spread out along long kindness tables in the high school for students to pick up on their own.
“We will fill-up the tables once and then the school staff will fill-in when it gets empty. The table may be there for a few days.” Donna explained.
Joy and warm wishes are surely felt by the O-W School District from this thoughtful act of kindness and it also brought cheer to those involved in this project.
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