Minnesota Prairie Roots

Writing and photography by Audrey Kletscher Helbling

Connecting & helping one another December 18, 2012

I HAVE, on numerous occasions, connected buyers to sellers here on Minnesota Prairie Roots.

Ron and Peggy's elephant slide

I connected a New Yorker to this elephant slide in Faribault.

Within the past year, for example, I facilitated the sale of a $700 vintage elephant slide. A New York resident came across a blog post I’d written several years ago about the elephant slide spotted at a garage sale. She wondered if it was still available for purchase. It was and so Valerie and her husband made a whirlwind trip to Faribault to buy the slide after I connected her to the seller, Peggy.

A snippet of the cross Bud Paschke crafted honoring veterans from all branches of the military.

A snippet of the cross Bud Paschke crafted honoring veterans from all branches of the military. An Arizona woman saw this photo on my blog and inquired about the cross.

Just last week I connected an Arizona woman to Bud, a local craftsman featured in a post about a holiday craft sale at the Faribo West Mall. Bud creates the most stunning fretwork pieces and Rachel wanted one of the military crosses he’s made. Rachel’s check is in the mail and the cross will soon be on its way from Faribault to Arizona.

The photo by Eric Lantz illustrates the cover of Scott Thoma's just-published book.

A photo of the Tracy, Minnesota, tornado by Eric Lantz illustrates the cover of Scott Thoma’s book.

A few days ago Scott Thoma, who authored Out of the Blue, a book about the 1968 deadly tornado in Tracy, Minnesota, inquired about a tornado video I once highlighted on this blog. He thought perhaps it contained footage from that devastating tornado; it doesn’t. Scott has been searching for that elusive video. If any of you possess a video from the Tracy tornado, submit a comment and I will connect you with Scott. He wants to show the footage as a lead-in at book signing events.

A print of Harvey Dunn's "The Prairie is my Garden."

A print of Harvey Dunn’s “The Prairie is my Garden.”

On Saturday I received a snail mail inquiry about a print of the painting, “The Prairie is my Garden” by Harvey Dunn. I bought the print several years ago at a yard sale, featured it here and now a woman from northwestern Minnesota wants to buy it. June tells me her mother purchased the painting for her grandmother’s 80th birthday in 1968. But the print was lost in a fire several years ago.

I wanted to help June, but I love the Harvey Dunn print too much to give it up. Perhaps you have this Dunn print to pass along to June.

That brings us to today and an article I read in last week’s The Gaylord Hub, republished from the Fairfax Standard-Gazette. The request is much greater, much more serious.

An 8-year-old Gibbon boy is in need of a kidney transplant. His kidneys are failing. Fast. The article by Publisher/Editor Daniel McGonigle does not detail the cause of the kidney failure, only that a transplant is needed soon and that Samuel Forst’s mother is no longer a qualified donor. The family is seeking a healthy donor (18-40 years old, in good physical shape, not overweight or with high blood pressure) with type O blood.

If you match these requirements and are interested in testing for a live kidney donation to young Samuel, contact Ann at 612-625-9658 at University/Fairview Hospital here in Minnesota. Or call 612-672-7270.

Here in blogland, I’ve grown to appreciate the power of social media in connecting people, in meeting needs, in helping others.

I know asking for a kidney is huge. But I must try, for Samuel’s sake.

© Copyright 2012 Audrey Kletscher Helbling


19 Responses to “Connecting & helping one another”

  1. Beth Ann Says:

    If I could I would!!!! But unfortunately I am the wrong blood type and too old.:-(. Hope someone out there can help!

  2. Clyde of Mankato Says:

    My daughter gave a kidney this spring. Wonderful experience for her and the other two donors, and of course the three recipients. All are doing great.
    And there is a Harvey Dunn Museum in Brookings SD on Campus about 6 blocks from my sister’s house. Worth a visit and they sell prints.

  3. treadlemusic Says:

    No match here, either;-( Bloggers are THE BEST!!! Needs stated and met almost miraculously! Thank you for your part, Audrey…..Blessings…..

  4. Sad to hear about the little boy.

    Otherwise, sounds like you have become a virtual matchmaker of a kind.

    • Audrey Kletscher Helbling Says:

      Yes, I do pray that little Samuel gets his kidney because to hear about a child going through something like this is difficult.

      And, yes, I’ve managed to connect a few people and did not even mention all of the examples in this post.

  5. You are a virtual goddess – praying that the little boy gets the kidney he so desparately needs. Love that elephant slide! Have a Great One:)

  6. 🙂 Amazing! and hope someone that fits the criteria is found!

  7. Jackie Says:

    Since I’m too old and don’t have the right blood type, I will Pray for a suitable donor for little Samuel! I did purchase the book “Visiting the Visitors” that you highlighted in a blog a few weeks ago. My granddaughter was so excited to receive it. Gotta love social media 🙂

    • Audrey Kletscher Helbling Says:

      Prayers are perfect, Jackie.

      And so happy little Audrey liked Patrick Mader’s book. I love connecting my readers with “good stuff.”

  8. Vicki Williamson Says:

    Has Samuel found a donor? I sure hope he does soon.

    • Audrey Kletscher Helbling Says:

      I don’t think Samuel has found a kidney donor yet. I just checked the newspaper website and did not find any updated story. And I expect this would be front page news in a small town.

  9. M Gillespie Says:

    Hello, blessings to the child.

    On the matter of the Harvey Dunn print, direct your friend to the South Dakota State University website. She can purchase a print there. Hope that helps you.

    • Audrey Kletscher Helbling Says:

      It’s been awhile since I posted this. But, yes, I did direct the interested party to SDSU in Brookings.

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