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Federated awards Operation Round Up funds

The Federated Rural Electric Trust, Jackson, recognized local organizations receiving $40,771 through Operation Round Up.

These donations occur due to monthly contributions by participating Federated members. This round of funding was larger due to power supplier capital credits being assigned trust by former members. Thirty groups received money in this 54th round of funding, plus $6,300 was designated as scholarships.

Organizations receiving funding include:

JCC High School Art Program, $362 for white T-shirts & laser velum paper for screen-printing course; Lutheran Social Services (Lakefield Senior Dining), $380 to buy food service cart, commercial can opener and food scoops; Heron Lake-Okabena Ag Education classes, $470 for supplies for floral design and entrepreneurship classes; Friends of Jackson County Trails, $500 for bike trail signs for a new trail system at Belmont Park; Heron Lake Fire Department, $500 to buy a cordless reciprocating saw, chainsaw, blower and pole saw; Martin County Historical Society, Fairmont, $500 to buy two mannequins for museum clothing displays; Family Services Network, Jackson, $500 to buy snow parts for children in preschool to high school; Jackson Center for the Arts, $525 for supplies for Spanish/English classes.

Youth First, Martin County Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition, $540 for a student event that simulates impaired driving with pedal cars; JCC Physical Education Department, $540 for 45 pairs of small wrist guards for roller skating for grades K-5; Southwest & West Central Service Cooperative, $550 to buy seven inter-developmental intervention kits for children therapy; Lakefield Fire & Rescue, $720 to buy fire hose washers to replace a worn-out one; JCC Discovery Place Preschool, $897 for gross motor skill items (parachute, stilts, decals and ball cart); Martin County West Agriculture Department, $1,000 for three-ton engine crane for tractor restoration class; Kirby’s Closet, Lakefield, $1,000 to buy winter coats, books and hygiene items for needy families;Heron Lake-Okabena School Nutrition program, $1,440 to buy new chest freezer and three blenders/food processors; Caregiver Response Effort & Service Team (CREST), Fairmont , $1,500 for programs, training, brochures and phone volunteer coordination.

Des Moines Valley Health & Human Services, Jackson County, $1,500 for baby bundle supplies (diapers, wipes, bottles and books); East Chain Activity Center, $1,500 to buy two table carts & three chair carts so rental groups set up easier; Heron Lake-Okabena Robotics team, $1,500 to buy robotics kit and parts for a second team; Jackson County Animal Protection Society, $1,548 for a point-of-sale system for nonprofit pet store in Jackson; Salvation Army, $2,000 to assist Federated members with utility costs; JCC High School, $2,299 to update metals shop with a new TIG welder; Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, $2,500 toward a new emergency response bus equipment for eight-county High Risk Entry Team (HEAT); Jackson County Fair, $2,500 for three new flag poles, solar lights, pavers and plants for entrance; Welcome Fire Department, $2,500 for chop saw, Sawzall, hammer drill and battery charger bank; Dunnell Lake Fremont Fire Department, $2,500 to replace five fire helmets that are more than 20 years old; City of Granada, $2,500 toward updating aged playground equipment at city park; Heron Lake-Okabena Industrial Technology program, $2,500 to buy TIG welder; and Jackson Food Shelf, $3,500 for Christmas boxes and ham for families in need.

Nine scholarships of $700 each were also awarded for Federated members with high school senior graduates.

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