After learning the Krejce family, of Frazee, Minn., lost their home in a fire recently, local high school service clubs wanted to help.
The Interact volunteer service clubs from Detroit Lakes and Frazee high school raised more than $1,000 for the family in the first two hours of their drive-thru, pulled-pork fundraiser on Saturday, Jan. 23, running from 12 to 6 p.m., at Detroit Lakes High School.
“I actually read about it online and I felt really, really bad about it,” said Mckenna O’Brien, senior, and president of the Frazee high school Interact club. “.”
Each plate costs $5 and includes a pulled-pork sandwich, chips or cookies and a can of soda, but many people are giving more than the sticker price.
Members of the Detroit Lakes and Frazee high school Interact clubs raised more than $1,000 in two hours for a local Frazee family, who recently lost their home in a fire. (Michael Achterling / Tribune)
“We are always looking for service projects…because every year we are looking to do two, or three, service projects that can impact our community” said Bob Blanchard, senior, and vice president of the Detroit Lakes high school Interact club. “We thought it would be a good way to help (the Krejce family) out.”
The volunteers said they have sold about 100 meals so far, but have the food for an additional 400.
“It’s just a huge turnout so far and we’re looking to hopefully stay steady the rest of the day,” said Nathan Ochsner, counselor at Detroit Lakes high school and advisor the school’s club.
The volunteers said they want to thank United Community Bank, in Frazee, for donating the napkins and Central Market, in Detroit Lakes, for allowing the group to purchase items at a discount.
Detroit Lakes’ Interact club has around 40 active high school members. The Frazee high school Interact club was only formed a couple years ago and has a membership of six students. Both interact clubs operate under the umbrella of the city Rotary clubs, who promote their events and provide the students with service opportunities.