Service clubs challenge each other to help homeless teens

The Anoka Woman of Today accepted a challenge from its sister club in Brooklyn Park to face off in a fundraiser.

The Anoka and Brooklyn Park Women of Today clubs challenged each other to a fundraiser to gather much-needed items for Hope4Youth, a drop-in and resource center for homeless teens in Anoka. Photo submitted

The Anoka and Brooklyn Park Women of Today clubs challenged each other to a fundraiser to gather much-needed items for Hope 4 Youth, a drop-in and resource center for homeless teens in Anoka. Photo submitted

The two groups competed to see which could donate the most sports drinks and canned ravioli to the Hope 4 Youth homeless teen drop in center in Anoka.

Those two items are the quickest to disappear off the shelves at the center, which supplies homeless teens with food, beverages, toiletries and clothing.

Together the groups donated nearly $700 in items. Anoka gathered more than 500 bottles of Gatorade and 108 cans of ravioli, along with canned fruit, vegetables, tuna and soup.

The Brooklyn Park Women of Today donated more than 100 bottles of Gatorade, 67 cans of ravioli and many other food and hygiene items.

The challenge between the two clubs ran from July 1-19. With the challenge being taken by the Anoka Women of Today, their group gets to choose the location of a celebration dinner.

For more information about Hope4Youth and its needs, visit www.hope4youthmn.org.

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