To the editor:

To the Citizens of Amery and Polk County,

Isn’t this just the best place to live? On June 8th we held our 5th fundraiser for the Polk County Salvation Army Backpack program at the Amery Fire Hall and what an out pouring of love and kindness we received. Saying thank you seems so inadequate to express the gratitude we have in our hearts.

We need to thank our sponsors Amery Fire Dept., Cardinal Glass, Chet Johnson Drug, Bremer Bank, Amery Hospital and Clinic, Lindus Construction, Noah Insurance, Stems from the Heart, Williamson White Funeral and Cremation, Amery Chiropractic, Berghammer Builders, William’s and Davis, Amery Hair Studio, Schaffer Manufacturing, Great Mats, JA Counter, Skogland Oil Super America and The Cut Above.

Thank you goes also to the City workers that always bring the picnic tables for our use and collect them when we are done. Thank you goes to the members of the Amery Fire Dept. that always help us with set up and clean up. Thank you to the various church members that donate time and items to help keep our cost down. From the cooks in the kitchen to the food lines and bake sale ladies, to the bounce house and dunk tank, to the ticket sellers and set up and clean-up crew, thank you for sticking by my side and letting me boss you around, year after year. Together we can do much! We could not do this event without the many generous donations of silent auction items, baked goods and food items. Your support of our cause touches our hearts.

Thank you so much to Cardinal Glass of Amery for their matching dollars of the checks and cash donations. This is so huge and we are so blessed by your generosity.

Thank you to Jim Armstrong and Rex Cactus and the Cattail Moon Band for the wonderful entertainment. You Make Our Event FUN!

Please know that this effort will help children have food where there may be none. We were able to raise almost $21,000.00. Thank you to all the people that attended our event and made it a huge success. We are truly in awe of the wonderful community we live in and the compassion and caring that is always expressed. No matter how small or large your donation was, whether it was your time or your talent, it is greatly appreciated.

Betty Collins, chair

Polk County Salvation Army

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