Giving Back

In February, the Rotary Club of Woodbury hosted its annual gala to raise funds for various community initiatives. The evening at Royal Golf Club included food, drinks, music from the Lake String Quartet and comedy from John DeBoer.

There’s nothing like waking up to the warmth of a cozy quilt, especially when it was handmade with love. Even more so when it covers the bed of a soldier in Iraq or Afghanistan.

Six months ago, nearly 15,000 volunteers walked into Woodbury’s Bielenberg Sports Center (BSC) to assemble and pack meals for the hungry at the largest-ever Feed My Starving Children (FMSC) mobile pack event under one roof in the United States.

During the summer, the land of 10,000 lakes offers an oasis of sandy beaches and perfect swimming water. During the winter, it offers an opportunity to jump into a hole in the ice and raise money for Special Olympics Minnesota.

December is a wonderful time to consider making a gift to a local nonprofit. Here are five local 501(c)(3) organizations that are doing great things in Woodbury.

The Gift of Play

Next month, Bielenberg Sports Center will be transformed into a massive assembly station for 4 million meals for the hungry.

On Christmas 2013, Sharon and Bruce Perkins received what Sharon describes as “the best gift we’ve ever asked for.” It was a dollhouse-sized book shelter, handcrafted by their son-in-law, Brian Alwin.

Picture 40,000 square feet—half of Bielenberg Sports Center’s (BSC) field house—with 200 tables and 1,100 chairs, set up in 60 packing stations to assemble 4 million meals for the hungry. That vision will become a reality in three months as Woodbury hosts a mega mobile pack October 8–11.

Simon Says Give®, an Eagan-based nonprofit with the mission of Kids Celebrating Kids®, is proud to present in partnership with the Woodbury YMCA Youth Group a Hollywood Meets Bollywood Dance.

There’s plenty for graduating high school seniors to look forward to in the spring. In Woodbury, in addition to all the parties and pomp and circumstance, students look forward to giving back to their community.

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