Opinion: Letters from Readers

Thank you goes out to churches

A big thank you to the churches of Elk River/Otsego/Zimmerman! We have a homeless family who has been living with us the past few months rather than staying in a homeless shelter. Things are looking up for them as they now have a federal voucher that will help with their rent and they have found a wonderful landlord who will be renting to them. Everything was set to go until the government informed her that she was not able to get the down payment for the apartment because they had moved in with us so their “emergency” was “resolved.”

So we turned to the area churches. Within hours the money for the down payment was raised. We truly saw the Body of Christ in action. I will not name the churches because I know that all the area churches would have been quick to help had they been contacted!

Thank you, churches, for being the hands and feet of Jesus. — Katie Bowers, Zimmerman (Editor’s note: Bowers wrote this on behalf of herself and her family.)


Legion thankful for vendors, bake sale visitors

Thank you to vendors and everyone who attended the second annual Elk River American Legion Spring Benefit and Bake Sale. It was great to see so many people come in. We appreciate your support and look forward to seeing you at the benefit this fall. — Elk River American Legion and Auxiliary

If only more could be as thoughtful as this couple

When is the last time you did something nice for a stranger? This past year for my small family has been a tough one. My fiancé has had four heart surgeries and my daughter has had brain surgery to install a V.P. shunt to drain excess fluid from her hydrocephalus.

Money has been spread thin and we went to the grocery store last night. I knew we were low on funds but knew we needed groceries. When we went to checkout there was a couple in front of us. The man named Mike turned around and said if we threw our groceries on the belt he would pay for them. I, of course, thought he was joking and after his wife and him insisted we gave in.

It was such an amazing gift from God. They were our Angels sent to help us out. All they wanted in return was for us to do something nice for someone else when we had the opportunity. I didn’t catch the wife’s name but I want to thank both of you for being such amazing people. If more people (including ourselves) acted like Mike and his wife the world would be a better place. Thank you both again, — Elizabeth Jansen, Zimmerman (Editor’s note: Elizabeth Jansen wrote this letter on behalf of herself and Andrew and Allison Marsh.)



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