Recently, the Forest Lake High School Rotary-Interact Club spent its day off from classes to lending a helping hand at Family Pathways Food Pantry, 935 S. Lake St.
The group had just finished their morning of sorting and stocking many recently donated food items, and were excited to have worked for such a great cause. The school’s organization is the youth chapter of the Forest Lake Rotary Club, and is continually looking for new ways to help people both locally and internationally.
Some other recent ways the Rotary-Interact Club has helped their community are through roadside clean-ups, visiting an area nursing home, ringing bells for the Salvation Army’s annual campaign, raising funds to buy fleece material to make blankets to donate to Gillette Children’s Hospital, working with Feed My Starving Children, and they had a member participate the Forest Lake Rotary Club’s “Gettin’ Cold for a Cause” 3rd annual Winter Plunge.
Jodie DeGeer, coordinator of Family Pathways Forest Lake Food Pantry said, “We cannot do what we do without the help of volunteers, so having these students come in was truly a blessing. Each month our location distributes an average of 16,916 pounds of food during 200 family visits. All of our hard working volunteers are greatly appreciated.”
As the advisor to this club, Rich Elliot said he’s always been amazed at just how willing the students are to give of themselves to those around them.
To drive that point home even further, Jacob Schwanz – one of the members that worked at the Food Pantry that morning – was so moved by the need that he saw that he went home, grabbed his own money from his change jar and brought it back in to donate.
“These students never ask why they should help,” Elliot said. “It makes me proud to be associated with them.”