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Operation Round Up - January 2017

The following grants were awarded to local organizations in January 2017.


Gilman Parks & Rec, Foley, MN: $2,000 for the purchase of playground equipment at the Gilman Park.

Gordon-Wascott EMS, Gordon, WI: $5,000 for the purchase of new AED Plus Defibrillators and a monitor for an ambulance. The equipment would replace the outdated equipment the group is currently using.

Ogilvie Fire Department: $4,350 for the purchase of new turnout gear, including jackets and pants. The current gear is outdated.

St. Luke’s Foundation, Duluth, MN: $725 to help purchase materials for distraction kits, which will be used by pediatric patients. The kits will include a variety of toys and games that children can use during more painful procedures like vaccinations and blood draws.

True Friends, Annandale, MN: $2,500 to help with program participation costs. True Friends offers opportunities for outdoor experiences that may not normally be available to children, teens and adults with physical and developmental disabilities.

Tusen Tack, Braham, MN: $5,000 for the purchase of materials needed to insulate the back building at Tusen Tack’s thrift store and to install a new overhead door in the space.

Wascott Cemetery Committee, Gordon, WI: $3,000 for the purchase of a 72”x36” black granite memorial tablet for the Wascott Veterans’ Memorial.


Anoka Technical College Foundation: $4,000 for the purchase of a welding power supply unit, plus funding for the purchase of sheet metal and other supplies. The equipment will be used at Cambridge-Isanti High School for a college-level welding program.

Faith Christian School, Foreston, MN: $4,000 for the purchase of new HP computers. The upgrade will ensure that all school computers are compatible with current educational and office software.

Hinckley-Finlayson’s Food for Kids: $2,000 toward the purchase of food and miscellaneous supplies for the program. The program provides weekend backpacks filled with food for students in need.

St. Mary’s Preschool, Pine City, MN: $4,000 for the purchase of equipment and furniture for three new early childhood classrooms. The equipment will help meet childcare licensing standards and allow St. Mary’s to offer classroom opportunities to families.

Established in 1997, the ORU Trust has put more than $1.5 million to work in local communities. With gifts ranging from one penny to 99 cents per month, participating members have a convenient way to pool their resources for the benefit of the greater community. The average contribution is around $6 per year, and the maximum annual contribution is $11.88.

Individuals who would like to join their fellow ECE members in supporting the Operation Round Up program can sign up by calling 1-800-254-7944.

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