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Annual distribution another success

It was another successful year for the Humboldt Good Neighbour Store with their annual distribution on Dec. 4.
Thirty-eight local organizations got a special gift on Dec. 4 with the Good Neighbour Store 2017 Distribution coffee. This year, $274,000 was given out to local organizations from the profits of the recent Good Neighbour Store sales and the work of numerous volunteers who check, clean, price, and get the merchandise out the front door.

It was another successful year for the Humboldt Good Neighbour Store with their annual distribution on Dec. 4.

This year’s total was $274,000 given out to 38 organizations around Humboldt and area, says Maureen Doetzel with the Humboldt Good Neighbour Store.

The store runs on donations from the community with sales throughout the year being given out to community organizations.

“There’s always a need and there’s more need now than there has ever been,” says Doetzel, with funding applications coming in all throughout the year. Any organization can apply before Oct. 31 each year to be eligible.

Even the amounts needed have gone up with many organizations needing over $100,000 to survive, says Doetzel.

The Good Neighbour Store’s grand total was diminished a little bit with the purchase of the new building and the taking care of some of their own costs incurred.

However, the total was similar to previous year’s with last year’s total being $283,000 going out to 33 organizations.

The store employs one employee with numerous other volunteers, including students from the local schools.

Representatives from the majority of organizations were present to receive their funds with many of them noting the generosity of both the Good Neighbour Store and the Humboldt community.

One representative, who did not grow up in Humboldt, was surprised at how the Good Neighbour Store model works saying it is a model that is rarely seen outside of Humboldt.

Donna Muench said as she collected their donation for the St. Mary’s Villa Foundation that the Good Neighbour Store is the greatest asset to  Humboldt and the surrounding communities.

“Without them, we and the many non-profit organizations benefiting from them today, could not complete our very important projects, which in turn enhance the community in which we live.”

Humboldt Good Neighbour Store Disbursements

Humboldt and District Hospital Foundation - Lorrie Bunko

St. Mary’s Villa Foundation

St. Michael‘s Haven (Cudworth)

Cudworth Nursing Home and Health Region

Bethany Pioneer Village (Middle Lake)

Aspen Manor Special Care Home (Middle Lake)

Leroy Assisted Living (Evergreen Country Home)

Watson Care-A-Van

Futuristic Industries

Quill Plains Lodge and Health Centre (Watson)

Reid-Thompson Public Library

Parkland Regional Library - Muenster Library

Pilger Wapiti Regional Library

Lake Lenore Library

Bruno Wheatland Library

St. Benedict Library

Humboldt Collegiate Institute

Humboldt Public School

St. Augustine and St. Dominic Safety Patrols Programs

St. Dominic School

Humboldt Regional Newcomers Centre

PARTNERS Family Services

Humboldt and District Community Services

The Benson-Hingley Military Museum

Humboldt Community Gathering Place

Humboldt and District Food Bank

Bruno Friendship Centre

Humboldt Community Soup Kitchen

Muenster Senior’s Club

Humboldt and Area Big Brothers Big Sisters

Humboldt Area Arts Council

Safe Communities - Humboldt and Area

Humboldt and District Special Olympics

Original Humboldt

Humboldt Music Festival Association

Arts Humboldt

St. Benedict Quilting Group

Annaheim Playground Committee