Tusen Tack celebrates 25 years

Tusen Tack started out of one room in 1989 with the mission to serve the community and provide affordable goods.

This week, the Braham-based nonprofit organization celebrates its 25th anniversary.

The organization brings people together who wouldn’t come together on their own, said task force member and long-time volunteer Dorothy Johnson.

Tusen Tack had a float celebrating their 25-year anniversary during the Chisago County Fair Parade July 19 in Rush City.Photo by Jon Tatting

Tusen Tack had a float celebrating their 25-year anniversary during the Chisago County Fair Parade July 19 in Rush City.Photo by Jon Tatting

“You have people coming together from Mora, North Branch, Braham, Pine City and other places,” Johnson said.

Johnson started as a volunteer after she retired in 1997. Since then, she’s been volunteering multiple hours a week and serve as the treasurer of the organization.

The organization has been a huge part of the community by supporting local food shelves, hospice care, schools, the fire and police departments and the Braham Area Community Center.

Tusen Tack will be celebrating this week with various activities each day, leading up to the finale celebration Aug. 16.

There will be hourly drawings for gift certificates, “silver birthday” certificates for up to four bags of donated clothes and goodie bags for children. Children will receive a bag with candy and toys, along with a lei. Each bag has the chance to win a 50-cent off discount, said task force member Denise Luebeck.

All are invited to the “birthday lunch” Aug. 16 from 1-3 p.m. at the Tusen Tack store, 208 W. Central Drive. Local musician Marie Grundberg will be performing, and there will be cake, hot dogs, coffee and other lunch items.

Luebeck has been a volunteer since 2006, and she enjoys helping the store and the community.

“Every day is memorable,” Luebeck said.

She is one of the 40-50 volunteers currently at the store, and they are always looking for more, Johnson added.

For more information, contact Tusen Tack at 320-396-3177 or visit the store.

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