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............. i !' y Community Ed launches shoe collection Drive to raise money for Lir Eagles/Eagle Kids Shoe donations will also sup- port micro-enterprises in develop- ing nations and reduce what goes into landfills. Community Ed is conduct- ing a shoe collection drive on Oct. 17, 2016 to Jan. 17, 2017, to raise funds for Lil' Eagles/Eagle Kids. Lil' Eagles/Eagle kids will earn funds based on the number of pairs collected as Funds2Orgs will purchase all of the donated goods. Those dollars will bene- fit Lil' Eagles/Eagle kids. Anyone can help by donating gently worn, used or new shoes at the Lil' Eagles Center: 187 Cossairt Ave Eden Valley, Eden Valley Library, Eden Valley City Hall, Eden Valley- Watkins High School front office, Eden Valley Elementary School, Watkins City Hall, Eden Valley Community Ed Office and BI Worldwide Lunchroom. All donated shoes will then be redistributed throughout the Funds2Orgs network of micro- enterprise partners in develop- ing nations. Funds2Orgs helps impoverished people start, main- tain and grow businesses in coun- tries such as Haiti, Honduras and other nations in Central America and Africa. Proceeds from the shoe sales are used to feed, clothe and house their families. One bud- ding entrepreneur in Haiti even earned enough to send her son to law school. "We are excited about our shoe drive," said Shannon Larson, Eagle Kids Coordinator. "We know that most people have extra shoes in their closets they would like to donate to us and help those less fortunate become self-sufficient. It's a win-win for everyone," added Shannon. By donating shoes to the Lil' Eagles/Eagle Kids Program, the shoes will be given a second chance and make a difference in people's lives. Six wheelchair user lessons from Minnesota By DanielL Vance MS, LPCC Months ago, 56-year-old Susan Schaub of Albert Lea, Minn., had ankle surgery. She then wrote about her six-week experience of having to use a wheelchair and gave me permission to publish it here. Here is what she wrote: Having just had ankle surgery and told I had to stay off my feet and keep my ankle elevated, my only choice was a wheelchair. And having had a daughter with spina bifida who spent 17 years using a wheelchair, I thought I knew everything. Wow, was I wrong! I didn't have a clue how clueless I was. LESSON 1: It's not as easy as it looks. Right now, I'm using the standard "push me around the hospital" model. The only differ- ence between my chair and the car Fred Flintstone drove cruis- ing Bedrock is that I use my hands instead of feet to power it. It's ;exhausting! arms. Even after arriving at my destination, such as the refrigera- tor, half the time I can't reach what I want anyway. For the first time in my life, I can honestly say I wish I had arms like an orangutan. LESSON 3: The refrigerator. All food, especially desserts and comfort foods, should be kept in the lower half of the refrigerator. It doesn't do any good for neigh- bors to bring meals if they end up on the top shelf of the fridge. If you're trying to lose weight while in a wheelchair, this is a great diet plan. Usually, the bottom section of the fridge contains raw veggies and protein items. LESSON 4: You need a lot of room. Maybe it's just me, but I have found life would have been easier had I spent the last four weeks living in a gymnasium that contained a bed, easy chair, tele- vision, and table. The conces- sion stand would have served as a kitchen. I have nicked every door- ; LESSON 2: We need longer way and piece of furniture in my house. LESSON 5: Always apply the brakes when getting in or out. I learned this the hard way. LESSON 6: People using wheel- chairs are my heroes! I've replaced feeling bad for people in wheel- chairs to being in awe. Life in a wheelchair is challenging, yet peo- ple do it daily with courage, deter- mination, strength, and a smile. Wheelchairs bless those needing them and the people in them are a blessing, too. 2 p.m. Mondays :PAGE 9 October 20, 2016 ! and see our renovated yainery and sh0 35885 704th Ave., Kimball: ::..i south to Kingston Drive, go west 112 .... which will of VeRP Tu4t 3 AJRE Thursday, Friday, Saturday November 10-12 5:30 p.m. Social, 6:30 p.m. Dinner 7:30 p.m. Showtime Sunday, November 13, Matinee i 12.-00 p.m. Social, 1.'~ p.m. Lunch 2.-00 p.m, Showtime Thursday, Friday, Saturday November 17-18 5:30 p.m. Social, 6:30 p.m. Dinner 7:30 p.m. Showtlme Sunday, November 19, Matinee 12:00 p.m. Social, 1.430 p.m. Lunch 2:00 p.m. Showtime Meal Choices: Pork Medallions or Chicken Boursin. Gluten Free and vegetarian available upon request. Dinner Theatre Tickets $38 includes show, meal, gratuities. "Drinking Habits" overflows with laughs and nun-sense. Enjoy a great meal and entertaining play! Tickets: 320 241-4682 or This organization is funded, in part, by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Central Minnesota Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund. Conveniently located in Downtown Watkins! (320) 764-2890