Monday, April 13, 2009

Vikings Help Red River Relief Effort

Vikings QB Sage Rosenfels has yet to even strap on a Vikings helmet, but the Iowa native has already begun immersing himself into the Minnesota community. He and WR Bobby Wade, along with G Brian Daniels, LS Cullen Loeffler, C John Sullivan, Viktor the Viking and a Vikings cheerleader, visited Grace Church in Eden Prairie on Wednesday to help package 10,000 Easter baskets to be donated to the children affected by the Red River flood.

The Vikings partnered with The Salvation Army for the event and also donated $10,000 to the Red River Relief Fund.

“You know,” Rosenfels said to those gathered, “I’m from Iowa and I know about the kinds of neighbors and friends we all have living here in the Midwest. So it’s no surprise that we are all coming together here to help our neighbors that have been affected by the Red River flood.”

“Kids to the Rescue,” a grassroots organization created by two girls during Hurricane Katrina relief efforts, will deliver the completed Easter baskets throughout the Red River Valley on Friday and Saturday to various locations.

“Over 3,800 bags were filled today with Easter candy to be distributed,” said Darryl Leedom, commander of the Twin Cities Salvation Army. “And it’s only possible because we partner with the Vikings, and we partner with Grace Church and we partner with those who say to The Salvation Army ‘we want to work alongside you, making a difference.’ Right now there are people in the Red River area whose life is a nightmare, but because of today’s initiative hopefully their nightmare can become a dream.”

In addition to packaging Easter baskets, Wade donated 75 Harlem Globetrotters tickets for Friday night’s game at the Target Center to The Salvation Army for distribution to local youth volunteers helping with the flood relief effort. Wade will join the Globetrotters during the widely popular Globetrotter Football portion of the show.


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