Robin's Fund Donates to BackPack Program

Updated: 12/12/2013 11:19 PM
Created: 12/12/2013 10:43 AM

Robin Ongaro was an active leader in her community. She was part of the Cloquet Chamber of Commerce and mentor programs, committed to helping children.

"She was constantly on the go always helping others," recalls her husband, Frank Ongaro. "Committed to programs, and volunteering time."

Tragically, she died in a boating accident while on vacation in Europe a little over a year ago. Her family wanted to continue her legacy.

"Family and friends created the Robin Ongaro Child Nutrition and Literacy Foundation," explains Frank. "Both to honor Robin and to honor her commitment to nurturing children's bodies and minds in the community."

Earlier this week, we shared a story about the BackPack Program, helping hungry kids get through the weekend. Cloquet teacher, Deb Roach explains.

"Lots of these kids get food at school during the week, hot lunch, they might get breakfast," says Roach. "But what we found if there are kids who don't get that food on weekends, so this gets them that food."

Frank says that was a perfect fit to what Robin's Fund is committed to. But, over the holiday break, a meal can become even more scare.

"When we saw they were starting a holiday break backpack program," says Frank. "We wanted to be part of that."

Frank says they saw a tremendous opportunity to help out. The first ever holiday break BackPack Program, designed to get kids that meal when school is out during Christmas break.

Board members of Robin's Fund including Frank, Robin's daughter, Amy, and Robin's friend, Ann Glumac contacted Second Harvest Northern Lakes Food Bank. The rest is history. Robin's Foundation is donating over $2,300, all of which is helping feed needy children.

"Serving kids and serving needy kids is extremely important to the community," says Frank. "It was something extremely important to Robin and something she lived her life for."

Contributions like this help fund food projects all over the Northland. You can help contribute, yourself, by donating during our Have-a-Heart, Help-a-Neighbor fundraiser this upcoming Friday morning.

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