Giving Back

A laptop donated to the White Bear Lake Rotary Club Technology Drive rests against some books.

The White Bear Lake Rotary Club is collecting computers (PC and Mac), laptops, flat-screen monitors, tablets (Android, Microsoft Surface, Chromebooks) and accessories, such as mice and keyboards, cables, SD cards and laptop batteries.

A birthday is an important time in a child’s life, and Cheerful Givers’ creator Robin Zelaya believes every child deserves a gift to celebrate his or her special day.

We all look forward to Thanksgiving dinner, from the delicious turkey to the pumpkin pie. And the White Bear Lake Area Emergency Food Shelf (WBLAEFS), along with Kowalski’s Market in White Bear Lake, wants to make sure everyone has a dinner on the holiday table.

Accompanied by a pianist and an accordion player, the Silver Harmony Singers, which includes 17 men and 34 women, put on a great show. With the singers from age 60 to their 90s, the tunes of yesteryear are a must.  

Lake Area Bank is holding its second annual backpack drive this August.

Giving Gardens is the link between people in need and people who want to make a difference in their community.

Kjersten Merila and her husband, Steve, have two big passions: giving back and the booze business.

This year marks the 40th anniversary of the White Bear Area Emergency Food Shelf. Since 1977, the organization has been a cornerstone of the community and a critical resource for individuals and families in need.

On her 23rd birthday, April 26, 2015, Colleen Wood, a newly minted Peace Corps volunteer and 2010 graduate of White Bear Lake Area High School, stepped off an airplane in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, after 30 hours of travel.

At its 23,000-square-foot commercial facility in White Bear Lake, Grandma’s Bakery uses about 1,200 pounds of soybean oil per week. The bakery used to buy the oil in 35-pound cardboard jugs, packaged inside heavy-duty cardboard boxes.

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