Giving Back

Fairview Southdale Hospital will soon have a spectacular new emergency room expansion. The Carl N. Platou Emergency Center is set to open in August 2015.

For the past 50 years Hennepin County Library outreach services have provided an essential resource to elderly, disabled and housebound library patrons.

In 2006, at the tender age of 10, Edina native Madeleine Hage traveled to New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina as part of a volunteer effort with Headwaters Disaster Relief.

When Chloe Townsend’s grandfather taught her how to downhill ski when she was just 2 years old, he could hardly have envisioned he was launching a toddler toward becoming an elite athlete.

In a city where ice sports reign supreme, learning to skate might as well be required. But for kids with special needs like Peter Lafferty’s 8-year-old son, Roman, skating seemed more like a pipedream than a possibility.

Each year, Connecting with Kids recognizes five individuals or organizations that have exemplified effective engagement with youth in the community.

As worries about Ebola settle down in the U.S., the effects of this devastating disease are still palpable in stricken African countries such as Liberia. Members of the Strathy family, many of whom are health care professionals, are in touch with the plight of the Liberian people.

Now in its seventh year, the Skate with the Hornets event gives young fans a chance to meet their favorite Hornet hockey players. Truly a community event, this annual open skate offers an opportunity to give back.

Every weekday for more than 40 years, Edina’s Meals on Wheels program has been delivering hot meals to residents.

No skates? No problem. When she was in seventh grade, Edina resident Sarah Miller started a program in which old or unwanted ice skates are donated and distributed to Edina-area warming houses, so neighbors without skates can partake in the fun.