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Blessed times

Another year has quickly gone by and we just celebrated Thanksgiving Day. While the meaning of the day can get lost in the excitement of family, food and football, many people still take time to reflect on all the blessings they have received in the last year and vow to do more for others less fortunate.

While reflecting on your own blessings, consider that there are 52 kids on the Kinship Partners waiting list who would feel very thankful and blessed if we could find them adult mentors.

Trey has been waiting since August. He lives with his mother and baby brother in Baxter and is in second grade. His mom is working and going to school and, with a small baby, doesn't have a lot of time to give Trey opportunities and take him to fun events, and he only sees his dad every other weekend.

Trey is a bright little boy who is outgoing, personable and sensitive to other people's feelings. He describes himself as a big brother, VERY helpful and also happy, active, smart, talkative, but sometimes shy. He likes to keep busy and especially likes reading, math, swimming, photography and building things. He wants to learn all kinds of new things like soccer, football, four-wheeling and gardening.

His mom prefers a male mentor or possibly a family with kids his age. She wants someone who will be a good role model and do boy things with him, someone who likes to play and is able to keep up with his high energy.

If you are ready to add "mentoring a child" to the list of your blessings, contact us for more information about Trey or any of the other waiting children. You really will get back more than you give. Call 829-4606 in Brainerd, e-mail, call toll free (if you are in the northern lakes or Crosby areas) at (877) 730-5437 or go to

Denton (Denny) Newman Jr.
I've worked at the Brainerd Dispatch with various duties since Dec. 7, 1983. Starting off as an Ad Designer and currently Director of Audience Development. The Dispatch has been an interesting and challenging place to work. I'm fortunate to have made many friends, both co-workers and customers.
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