After learning the Krejce family, of Frazee, 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 $1,750 for the family during their drive-thru, pulled-pork fundraiser on Saturday, Jan. 23 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 cost $5 and included a pulled-pork sandwich, chips or cookies and a can of soda, but many people were 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)
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)

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"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 sold about 100 meals in the first couple hours of the event.

After Saturday, some local businesses, and teachers wanted to see if they had any leftovers they could purchase, said Nathan Ochsner, counselor at Detroit Lakes high school and advisor to the school's club.

"We had some other staff, and we've had a company, asking about getting any extra meat and they donated $150 for a pan of meat," said Ochsner.

The volunteers said they wanted to thank United Community Bank, of Frazee, for donating the napkins, Central Market, of Detroit Lakes, for allowing the group to purchase items at a discount and Detroit Lakes high school for allowing them to use their commercial kitchen, and classroom area, part of the newly renovated spaces in the school.

"I'm very happy with our student officers," he said. "I'm very strongly believing that this is a student run organization, and I'm here to help backup, and supervise as needed, but they are the ones leading the charge."

Ochsner said the students come up with the agendas and projects, and he just makes his vehicle available if they need to go to Fargo for any supplies, but tries to stay out of their way for the most part.

"That's what is so great about here at our high school, that we have so many different philanthropy clubs, and groups," said Ochsner.

He said, at Detroit Lakes high school, there are at least four separate service clubs working with different non-profits, or grant foundations, which encourage service projects for a good cause.

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.