Gretchen Tschetter found a way to help people and earn personal awards, too, by building and donating cabinets that hold food and other items.
A rising senior at Wylie High School and St. Paul resident, Gretchen belongs to the American Heritage Girls organization, which is similar to Girl Scouts, and she conducted a project for the Wylie Christian Care Center. The project resembles one that a Boy Scout would do to earn an Eagle Scout designation, said Mary Warkentine, executive director of the Christian Care Center.
Gretchen conducted a food drive for the center and collected over 600 items, Warkentine said, and she built a donation drop box, located on the side of the building, so people can use it when the center is closed. People may drop off food (non-perishable) and personal items, such as toiletries and clothes, in the box.
Stationed in front of the building is a cabinet similar to neighborhood free libraries. It is a mini food pantry that the center can stock with food and other items, primarily food, and people may come by when the center is closed to take whatever items they need.
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By Don Munsch • [email protected]