Dear Editor:

With Thanksgiving and thoughts of all the blessings in our lives, the volunteers of Let’s go Fishing East Central Minnesota Chapter want to thank our sponsors and contributors that donate to our organization.

These generous donations allowed us to provide 2 hour fishing and boating trips at no cost to our guests. In 2019 we served 941 people on 146 trips on Rush Lake and Chisago Lake, including 129 veterans. We have two pontoons that are wheel chair accessible allowing us to take two wheelchairs per trip, plus some guests can transfer to a seat once on the pontoon. Too see these folks faces light up to be able to be on the water after not having access for years in some cases is priceless!

Our chapter formed in 2005 and we serve seniors, veterans, disabled and multi-generational families ie: grandma and grandpa with the grandkids. Some of our contributors have supported us for years allowing us to concentrate of getting our guests out on the water. We serve folks in Chisago, Isanti, Pine, and Washington counties and beyond. This year 82 volunteers donated over 3,000 hours for trips and support to keep our program going.

We hear from guests that the trips are a highlight in their lives and some even have pictures of the fish they catch in their room. I think the old saying is true that we as volunteers get so much out of these trips, it’s more blessed to give than receive. We’d encourage anyone who enjoys fishing or just being with people to consider becoming a volunteer with us. To volunteer call 651-402-5960 and leave a message.

We wish everyone a blessed holiday season and thank you to those who support Let’s go Fishing!

Rick Olseen

Let’s go Fishing, East Central Minnesota Chapter

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