Lindenhearts lend a hand

Linden Hills kids’ club raises money for Joyce Uptown Food Shelf

For a third year in a row, the Lindenhearts Kids’ Club has raised more than $3,000 for the Joyce Uptown Food Shelf, 3041 Fremont Ave. S.

The club raised just more than $3,500, up about $500 from last year’s donation.

One of the group’s founders, Heidi Rich (who also is mother to four of the Lindenhearts kids), said the informal group’s efforts got a boost from area businesses.

“The east Lake Harriet businesses participated this year, and they made a big difference,” she said.

The 30-person club distributed small, homemade banks in Southwest businesses.

“One of the most important elements to me is that over 100 percent of what we raised goes to the Food Shelf,” Rich said.

When asked about the puzzling mathematics (how can one give more than 100 percent of something?), Rich laughed and then explained. “Out of pocket, we paid for making the banks, and we always rounded up. So if we raised, you know, $2,900 we raised it to $3,000 out of our own pockets – because we’re bad bookkeepers and we want to have even numbers.”

She said the club chose to help the Food Shelf again “because it’s local and they do very good work, and all of their proceeds go to helping the underserved in Southwest Minneapolis.”

Lois Schlampp, president of the Uptown Rotary, said she’s impressed by the Lindenhearts Kids’ Club efforts.

“We’ve had a hard time getting adults to raise money,” she said. “I’m impressed by kids who take time out of their busy lives to think about the community.“

Schlampp said the Rotary Club raised 25 percent of the Food Shelf’s funding last year.

The Lindenhearts Kids’ Club meets the first Saturday of the month at 9:30 a.m. at the Linden Hills Park Neighborhood Center, 3100 W. 43rd St.