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Nisswa, Mission firefighters, North Stars hockey players pack food

They help Kids Against Hunger-Brainerd Lakes Area

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Firefighters and their families from Nisswa and Mission Township pack food Tuesday, Oct. 22, at Kids Against Hunger-Brainerd Lakes Area in Nisswa. Nancy Vogt / Echo Journal
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Firefighters from the Nisswa and Mission fire departments, along with Breezy Point North Stars hockey players, packed food with Kids Against Hunger-Brainerd Lakes Area in Nisswa on Tuesday, Oct. 22.

Together, 69 volunteers packed 19,008 meals. Half of the meals packed will be shipped to Venezuela; the other half will be distributed within a 90-mile radius of Brainerd.

Nisswa Fire Chief Shawn Bailey coordinated the packing event that included fire personnel from Nisswa and Mission Township, along with family members. In addition to protecting the community on a daily basis, these firefighters also show support by ringing bells for the Salvation Army during the holidays, helping the Nisswa Lions Club sell pork on a stick during the Nisswa City of Lights, and helping pack food with Kids Against Hunger-BLA.

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"This is two fire departments wanting to help out the community," Bailey said at the meal packing event.

The North Stars hockey team has a busy hockey season, but they are also great volunteers in the community, having helped with Fishing To End Hunger and packing meals at Kids Against Hunger-BLA.

Kids Against Hunger-BLA is a humanitarian food aide organization, with a packing facility in Nisswa. Its mission is to feed families around the world, and around the corner.

Nancy Vogt is editor of the Pineandlakes Echo Journal, a weekly newspaper that covers eight communities in the Pequot Lakes-Pine River areas - from Nisswa to Hackensack and Pequot Lakes to Crosslake.

She started as editor of the Lake Country Echo in July 2006, and continued in that role when the Lake Country Echo and the Pine River Journal combined in September 2013 to become the Pineandlakes Echo Journal. She worked for the Brainerd Dispatch from 1992-2006 in various roles.

She covers Nisswa, Pequot Lakes, Lake Shore and Crosslake city councils, as well as writes feature stories, news stories and personal columns (Vogt's Notes). She also takes photos at community events.

Contact her at nancy.vogt@pineandlakes.com or 218-855-5877 with story ideas or questions. Be sure to leave a voicemail message!
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