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Perham church donates $1,750 to community

On Wednesday, Sept. 15, Erickson and Assistant Pastor Stew Burns represented the church as they presented the Bridge Pantry, Perham softball, Perham baseball and the Yellowjackets Fishing Team with a $1750 donation split evenly among them, raised from the church's 2021 Dog Days throughout the summer.

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(Left to right) Joan Kaelberer with Bridge Pantry, Jason Erickson with Northwoods LIFE Church, Jason Groth with Perham softball, James Mulcahy with Perham baseball, Mitch Anderson with the Perham Yellow Jackets Fishing Team and Stew Burns with Northwoods LIFE Church stand together after Northwoods gave out their donations. (Elizabeth Vierkant/Focus)

Perham has a great community full of volunteers and people who pour a lot into its development, said Northwood LIFE Church's pastor, Jason Erickson. On Wednesday, Sept. 15, Erickson and Assistant Pastor Stew Burns represented the church as they presented the Bridge Pantry, Perham softball, Perham baseball and the Yellowjackets fishing team with a $1750 donation split evenly among them, raised from the church's 2021 Dog Days fundraiser throughout the summer.

This fundraiser is part of Northwood Church's Hope for Perham program, which is one of the local ministries the church created to specifically funnel funds back into volunteers and the city itself. On Thanksgiving, this program serves about 300 people both through delivery and at the church with a community meal.

"(Hope for Perham) is a way we as a church are able to give back to those who pour so much into the Perham community," Erickson said.

Those who received the donations on Wednesday expressed their gratitude to Northwood Church.

"We appreciate the support we get," Joan Kaelberer with the Bridge Pantry said. "We're so blessed to have so many people in the city who give back and take care of us in the community."

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Mitch Anderson mentioned that the Yellowjackets fishing team is a new addition to Perham schools. This program allows kids from sixth grade through their senior year to try fishing in a competitive format. The team provides fishing supplies and opportunities for kids who may not have access to them otherwise.

"We're appreciative for the church because this will help with some expenses," Anderson said.

If you want to learn more about Northwood Church and the Hope for Perham program, they can be contacted at 218-346-LIFE.

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Elizabeth (she/her), 23, graduated with a degree in Journalism and Communications from the University of Wisconsin–Stout in 2020. Elizabeth has always had a passion for telling stories about people and specializes in community features, which she uses for her Perham-centered content.
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