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St. James Plaindealer - St. James, MN
  • Thrivent and Wellspring Faith in Action

  • Spring has arrived in Watonwan County and with it many ideas and thoughts about outdoor activities and projects. Thrivent and Wellspring Faith in Action have connected with county youth and adults to do service projects in our communities.


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  • Spring has arrived in Watonwan County and with it many ideas and thoughts about outdoor activities and projects. Thrivent and Wellspring Faith in Action have connected with county youth and adults to do service projects in our communities.
        “Join Hands Day” is an opportunity for young and old to connect with each other to make a difference in their communities through useful projects. It is a national volunteer day sponsored by America’s fraternal benefit societies. This annual event generates awareness about what volunteerism can do in communities while bringing together youth and adults to build friendships across generations.
        Thrivent and Wellspring Faith in Action had the opportunity to sponsor five community service projects in Watonwan County. Linda Buller at the St. James Community Building worked with children from The Little Red Caboose to plant flowers in the garden plot outside of the community building. Also in St. James, Darla Hoppe and Jackie Nielsen, co-leaders of the Jimmies 4-H Club, worked together with numerous 4-H youth to conduct a Bike Safety Rodeo at which there was  a drawing for bicycle helmets. The Jimmies also planted flowers in planters at the Watonwan County Courthouse and the Watonwan County Extension Office. The Rosendale Skippers, led by Jolene Braaten, planted 11 planters on three patios at Good Samaritan Society-Pleasantview.
        Other towns in Watonwan County also benefited in this “Join Hands Day” project. Jen Harris, coordinator of the Butterfield Big Buddy Program, worked with Joyce Peek and four children to make stepping stones, bird feeders and bird watering wells for the Voss Park Campground in Butterfield. In Madelia, Kristen Girard along with numerous adult and youth volunteers planted perennials in the Madelia Elementary Butterfly Garden and flowers at the Watona Park Ballfield.
        Thrivent and Wellspring Faith in Action welcomed the opportunity to bring youth and adults together in these communities to inspire community service and beautify our county.

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