To the Editor:
We hear so much about the bad things people do to each other in this world; I just wanted everyone to know about how good the people in our community can be.
Recently Ruby’s Pantry brought a truckload of potatoes to Cloquet to give away to our community. The Pine Journal squeezed a quick announcement into the paper and WKLK helped spread the word. When the truck arrived, we realized we were going to need help to get this unloaded and bagged. The city graciously came to our rescue with a fork lift to get the potatoes unloaded. Then as people arrived and noticed the task at hand, most of the people spent some time bagging potatoes to help other people. A couple of hunters, grateful for the “donation” to their hunting shack, spent an extra half-hour or so bagging for others. Another woman took a load of potatoes to two organizations in Duluth that feed the needy. She also stayed for hours helping get things bagged. One of our neighbors spent most of her day helping out and an elderly church associate stayed for hours after helping to fold the church bulletins.
Many people picked up potatoes for their friends and neighbors or to bring to others at work who couldn’t get out. Then, just as we were ending our day, a young woman and her children came by to tell us their neighbor had brought them some of the potatoes. They had them for supper and “they were delicious.” They just wanted to thank us for their evening meal.
The best in people multiplied throughout the day and we are very grateful for all the support and the wonderful day of friendship shared.
Cloquet coordinator, Ruby’s Pantry