Awesome day for Helping Hands

To the editor:

The Soup and Pulled Pork Fundraiser for Helping Hands of the Keweenaw on Jan. 19 was an awesome day for our team! We would like to thank our community for this success in continuing to add to our future sustainability. There are many entities and individuals to thank.

We’re thankful for Renee’s work to acquire an action grant from Thrivent Financial to cover soup costs. It was a special draw to have the Fitzgerald’s pulled pork sandwiches with a great employee, Mike to serve them.

We also offer thanks and blessings to the following local businesses who through their donations kept our lunch cost free:

American Forest Management, Baby E’s BBQ, Cafe Rosetta, Connie’s Kitchen, Drift Inn, Econo Foods, Fifth & Elm Coffee House, Country Hearth Bakery, Holiday Station – Calumet, Howard Hart Morning Glory Distributing, Hut Inn;

Keweenaw Coffee Works, Lassila Insurance Agency, Louie’s Super Foods, McDonald’s Restaurant, Mohawk Superette, Pat’s IGA Calumet & Hancock, Sara Lee Bread, Slim’s Cafe, UPPCO and White House Inn.

We also thank CLK Schools for the rental of their Horizon School building and the support and expertise of staff. Pre-event help came from Elsa Green and Carol Janckila. Kevin Heikkinen did a super job with lunch room set up and David Luokkanen was a gracious, knowledgeable help at the event.

We thank Bethany Quilters for their raffle quilts. We thank those who helped with publicity: Daily Mining Gazette, Great Lakes Mutual Insurance, TV6 feature reporter Mariah Powell and our Houghton radio stations and WMPL radio.

We thank the Bethany Lutheran Church Sunday School and Confirmation kids and parents who supported our bake sale and provided students on our lunch day to assist elderly, bus tables and help clean up. Then there are workers from Bethany Lutheran Church and from our local community who gave time to help with preparations, provided bakery and helped with food prep and serving during the event.

What a blessing to be a part of this Keweenaw community, which gives without seeking recognition. What a blessing to be able to give back to Keweenaw members in need through Helping Hands annually.

Members of the Helping Hands of Keweenaw team are Julie Carlson, Cathy Isaacson, John Parsons and Toni Waara.

Toni Waara