Meet Our Community Heroes
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Bob St. Mane
Bob owns St. Mane Sporting Goods in Minneapolis, a business that earns most of its money from youth sports apparel. With sports on hold and without government aid to assist his small business, Bob decided to make Minnesota Strong T-shirts to sell as a means to save his company.
Thinking of other small businesses, like his own, Bob is donating $5 from every T-shirt sold to help another small business stay afloat during these difficult times.
And, Bob has said that if the government does offer him aid in the second round of funding, he will help other Mom and Pop businesses as much as he can.
Melissa recently created a Facebook group called Blessings Box of Champlin, providing a blessing, whether it be in the form of personal hygiene items, food, or even words of encouragement to those in need.
Melissa learns of families or individuals in need and creates campaigns to benefit them. Some recent campaigns were to collect food for a family in need, hygiene items for the homeless shelter, and new beds and linens to benefit My Very Own Bed, a local non-profit that provides new beds and linens to children in families that have recently moved into stable housing. Melissa is a stay-at-home mom and her husband has been out of work without unemployment income. Despite their own hardships, Melissa still thinks of how she can help others.
Laurie and her daughter have been doing inspirational chalk drawings in their community to bring happiness to others.
They have chalked to celebrate kids’ birthdays. And, another recent drawing was for a girl who had just finished her last round of chemotherapy. The Andover community appreciates the joy these pictures have brought them!
Tim co-owns a hardware store in the St. Francis area and has served the St. Francis community for the past 45 years, contributing his time, labor and supplies to area churches, schools and fire station.
Tim’s store has remained open as an essential business during the COVID-19 crisis and Tim has supplied and donated much needed face masks and sanitizer to area workers and businesses.
Because Sam’s job doesn’