Thank you for supporting our food, school supply drives

By Rachel Kytonen

In July and August, we asked for the community’s help in feeding the hungry, and providing children with school supplies, and the community responded.

Karen Long, Katie Hinrichs and Dawn Tschumper from the Scotsman/Isanti County News, display some of the items collected during our recent School Supply Drive.

On behalf of everyone here at the Scotsman/Isanti County News, we thank you for the outpouring of support we had during our “Happiness is a Full Tummy Food Shelf Drive,” in July and our “School Supply Drive,” in August. We were overwhelmed by the generosity of those in the community.

As a company, through the generosity of employees and the communities, ECM Publishers, Inc., was able to donate 61,600 pounds of food to the local food shelves in our publication areas, which was a 32 percent increase over 2010.

Locally, between our offices in Cambridge, Forest Lake and North Branch, we collected 2,895 pounds of food to distribute  to the local food shelves, which was a 20 percent increase from 2010. In addition, our office is also a year-round drop off site for food shelf donations.

We have also seen an increase in school supply donations this year. All the donations are filling up our back table and we have received dozens of notebooks, folders, crayons, pencils, glue bottles, pens, binders, pencil boxes, etc.

I happened to be around when a woman stopped in for the third time to bring in school supplies. The supplies will be distributed to the local schools and/or agencies.

ECM Publishers, Inc. encourages employees to be active partners in the community, and we couldn’t do this without the community support. Thank you to everyone who participated in our recent food supply and school supply drives.

Our next community drive will focus on collecting items for Soldier Care Boxes that are mailed to our local soldiers serving overseas. This drive will begin in the fall, so watch for advertisements in the newspaper for more details.

A lot of our community members are still facing some tough, economic times, and the generosity of the community really makes a difference.