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Area children seek Kinship Partners mentors

The Brainerd lakes area is filled with generous people. Once again, this was demonstrated by the donations of warm coats, boots and cozy knit items for Kinship’s annual Coats for Kids drive. More than 800 coats were distributed to grateful families in need. At one time the line had more than 300 people waiting to claim a much-needed coat. Kinship is thankful for this giving spirit and willingness to share with others.

Kinship urges our caring community residents to take this generosity one step further and consider mentoring a child. The Lake Country Kinship office, serving children in the Pequot Lakes and Pine River-Backus schools, would like to wipe out its list of children waiting for mentors by the end of the year. In fact, having a list of adults waiting to become mentors would be an ideal situation!

Chelsey is a fifth-grader and eager to explore the outdoors. She can climb a tree in a flash and wants to fish, hunt and ride horses or four-wheelers. She also became acquainted with cross country skiing last winter.

Monica, a sixth-grader, has enjoyed joining her brother and his mentor on their outings, but it’s time she has her very own special friend. Recently she has been learning about archery, but crafts and conversation are also favorites.

Peyton is a sweet sixth-grader with a list of interests a mile long. Crocheting, bike riding, swimming, animals and music are just a few. A patient and structured mentor is needed to help her build her social skills.

Alec is a fourth-grader who has a big heart and loves to ask questions. His eyes sparkle when he talks about anything with a motor, horses or catching snakes. He needs a gentle nudge to step outside his comfort zone.

Count your blessings. When you were growing up, did you have a special adult outside your family who offered you support, guidance and a listening ear? You can fill that critical role in a child’s life.

Kinship Partners serves families in Crow Wing and southern Cass counties and the Staples/Motley area by providing positive role models to youth ages 5 to 14. Offices are located in Pequot Lakes, Brainerd, Crosby and Staples. Call 218-454-8016 or email for more information.

Denton (Denny) Newman Jr.
I've worked at the Brainerd Dispatch with various duties since Dec. 7, 1983. Starting off as an Ad Designer and currently Director of Audience Development. The Dispatch has been an interesting and challenging place to work. I'm fortunate to have made many friends, both co-workers and customers.
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