Cash Wise Foods of Owatonna made a significant donation to Community Pathways of Owatonna on Thursday. The donation of 60 $25 gift cards will benefit clients of The Marketplace (formerly the Steele County Food Shelf). Social distancing has nearly left Troy Hinrichs and Keith Ramm of Cash Wise out of the accompanying photo. Nancy Ness and Maureen Schlobohm are also pictured.

Ness and Schlobohm work with Community Pathways which houses The Marketplace and Unique Finds (formerly the Clothesline). The donation is part of Cash Wise Foods' parent company Coburn's effort to support food shelves in communities they serve.

Customers at Cash Wise in Owatonna can quickly make a $2, $5, or $10 donation to Community Pathways with a special coupon. Cash Wise adjusted hours during the coronavirus pandemic are 6 am to 8 pm. The first hour is reserved for high risk individuals.

The Marketplace is open for curbside service. Volunteers will speak with the client, take and fill their order. If you would like to be a volunteer, call Kylie Mouser at 507-455-2991. Unique Finds is closed due to health concerns. The Owatonna Foundation made a humanitarian donation to Community Pathways recently.

Lowe's in made a donation to the Owatonna Fire Department, Owatonna Police Department, and the Steele County Sheriff's Department according to a post on the fire department's Facebook page. The donation is a part of a company-wide effort. The local donation will provide for safety glasses, gloves, cleaning supplies, and for some items needed by the hospital.

The Catholic Daughters of America are collecting elastic for people who are sewing masks for medical workers. After a slight delay, a collection box is now available at the Owatonna Post Office to drop off 1/8-inch and 1/4-inch elastic. If you have questions contact Philomena Seykora at 507-455-1992.

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