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.

White Bear Lake Fire Department
The Department

Though food shelves often take the spotlight during winter holidays, keeping them full is a year-round job. No one knows this better than Kellie Cardinal, community resource center director for St.

Billy Pilacinski, a sixth-grader at St. Mary of the Lake, wasn’t surprised when his schoolmates opted to shave their heads at Indulge Salon to show their support for him this past winter.

I met with Gary Woeltge, Steve Hall and Nick Coughlin, employees at H20 for Life, last October and immediately fell in love with their organization. I, as well as others I assume, so often search for ways that we can help a worthy cause.

In 2010, Steve Hall embarked on a three-week trip to Kenya and Uganda. There, he witnessed a tragedy. Those he met along the way had no access to a vital resource that so many Americans take for granted: water.
   

In 2010, Steve Hall embarked on a three-week trip to Kenya and Uganda. There, he witnessed a tragedy. Those he met along the way had no access to a vital resource that so many Americans take for granted: water.
   

Folks gathered for the annual fundraising event, which is sponsored by the North Oaks Children's Hospital Guild. All photos by Todd Wildenauer.

Communities are made better when civic-minded people come together in support of shared values. Service clubs like the Wildwood Lions Club, White Bear Lake Lions Club and the Rotary Club of White Bear Lake provide an avenue for those who value good citizenship and charitable service.

Cristel and Jeramie Knutson-Demars found themselves and their three young boys homeless and sleeping in their car after Jeramie lost his job and the family ran out of money.

The Tree of Light and Remembrance event in Mahtomedi Triangle Park, now in its 13th year, does double-duty during the holiday season.

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