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Beaver Dam families receive baskets filled with Easter dinner

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A Beaver Dam girl organized an effort with local businesses and support groups to put Easter dinner on the plates of more than 100 people Sunday.

Nallely Solis, 15, is the youth leader for the playground outside Beaver Dam’s Habitat for Humanity ReStore. She thought families who use the playground might need a meal for Easter. Solis brought her idea to ReStore manager Laura Goral, who is the adult leader of the playground group.

Goral said she and Solis registered with Global Youth Service Day Project, which allows youth ages 5-25 to help their community by working toward a common good.

The playground was created in the parking lot of the ReStore last summer because there was no public place for children on Madison Street and the surrounding area to play. Goral said Solis’ idea was passed along to those who use the playground to find out who would be interested in receiving food baskets.

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“We collected non-perishable donations for the past six weeks, and Sunday, perishable donations were brought by donors to add to the baskets we assembled that day for pickup,” Goral said.

The donations from the service organizations and area businesses were put together in laundry baskets at the Habitat For Humanity ReStore.

Each basket contained a ham, 3 pounds of potatoes, a pound of carrots, gallon of milk, butter, a dozen eggs, brown sugar, vegetable oil, vinegar, four to five cans of vegetables, maraschino cherries, vanilla cake mix, pineapple, gravy, Peeps, chocolate eggs, jelly beans, egg decorating kit and a live plant.

The baskets also included a book, “Love,” donated by the River Dog Book Co. of Beaver Dam.

“Numerous organizations and individuals showed immeasurable generosity to pack the 30 baskets that impacted 116 people that we know of,” Goral said. “Nallely and I are already talking about doing it again next year and plan other outreach projects that affect hunger in our neighborhood utilizing the playground as the place to make that happen.”

The playground group meets during the afternoons on the first and third Sunday of every month with games and activities for children. Anyone interested in hosting a supervised playground or wanting to know more about the playground can visit the Playground Movement Beaver Dam Facebook page or text Goral at 920-344-5769.

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