Frazee School District Superintendent Terry Karger was presented Jan. 14 with checks totaling $12,658.41 to pay off the schools' lunch debt.

The amount more than met the $11,000 debt, Ryan Stockstrom, the lead pastor at Harvest Fellowship Church, said in an email.

Stockstrom and three others -- Caleb Monson, assistant pastor at Harvest Fellowship Church; Ed Borchardt, pastor at Bethlehem Lutheran Church; and Dave Trautman, Bethlehem Lutheran Church council member and former Frazee Athletic Director -- gave the checks to Karger at the high school.

The money was raised throughout December after both churches teamed up and announced that they were looking for donations with the intent of paying the debt.

"We just wanted to do something to bless our community over Christmas Eve," said Stockstrom in a previous Tribune article. "We wanted people to know that the church is here to bless the community it is a part of ... in a tangible way."

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"We were on board immediately with it," Borchardt said.

Stockstrom said in the email that in addition to the two churches, Twice Blessed Thrift Store was also a major contributor to their efforts, along with the many community members who donated.