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Class helps provide turkey dinner

The Detroit Lakes Middle School Globetrotters helped raise money, which went to purchase turkey dinners for those in need.

For the past month, sixth grade Globetrotter students at Detroit Lakes Middle School have been working hard to make a difference.

For every $15 students collected, a turkey dinner was then purchased by the Becker County Food Pantry. The food shelf will distribute these dinners to area families in need during the holiday season.

Students raised $332, combined it with a $200 donation from the Detroit Lakes Lions and were able to help 35 families.

Students did community service projects to earn money. For example, Brittany Ginnaty, 11, did a week worth of chores, which included feeding the animals, washing the dishes and sweeping the floors. Because of her efforts, Brittany was able to donate $80 to the cause.

Chandra Johnson, 12, donated money she had been saving to buy horse equipment, a passion of hers. She was inspired to donate because her church sponsored an event where students slept outside in a box. The project gave her a sense of what it means to be homeless. Therefore, Chandra felt Globetrotters Give Back was a way to help others have a positive Thanksgiving experience.

Jinhyun Park, 12, not only raised money, but increased his knowledge as well. For every book that Jin read at his level, his family paid him $2.

"Some people really can't afford to have a Thanksgiving," Jin said. "It feels good to give -- and kind of fun, too!"

So true.