Crookston Inn owners boost effort with large donation

    St. Paul's Lutheran Church volunteers gathered Tuesday to pack kits and quilts for "Lutheran World Relief." Lutheran World Relief is a non-profit that works to end poverty, injustice, and human suffering. Personal care (health) kits, school kits, baby care kits, and quilts were packed in boxes to be delivered to a warehouse in Minneapolis. Requests will then come in from different countries in need of help and the packages will be shipped to them.    

    St. Paul Lutheran Church in Crookston has been collecting donated items since May as a congregational project. The Crookston Inn & Convention Center was one of their largest contributors, Dale Knotek said. New owners, Todd and Nicole Jacobson, donated all of the hotel's old linens and material, which made it possible for 413 quilts to be made and packed. Church volunteers are grateful for all the donations and it helps them in their quest for re-using and recycling, Knotek said.    

    There were 23 people gathered to fill and pack boxes for the LWR program. Besides the 413 quilts, there were 65 health kits, over 100 school kits, and 100 baby care kits packed up and loaded for Minneapolis.