UPDATE: Northland kids raise more than $5,000 to provide food for frontline workers

Ryan Juntti
Updated: April 26, 2020 11:42 PM

A Northland family raising money to provide food for workers on the front lines has exceeded their $5,000 goal.


The Parrott family children jump into lakes around the Northland for every $1,000 donated to their "Ice Out Feed Our Heros" GoFundMe page.

They jumped into one near their hometown of Wright, Minnesota when they raised their first $1,000.

Thanks to a very generous donation from David Baldes and his wife Megan, the kids are likely going to be doing a lot more jumping as they have now raised over $5,000.

"This just struck me with these little kids who were adapting to a whole new way of life, and felt motivated to help people," said Baldes.

The kids say they have family who work on the front lines, and that inspired them to want to give back to others helping during the crisis.

"It's kind of been a scary experience knowing that your family members, and friends, and people you care about are out there and helping these people, and we thought we'd give back to them, just show our support in this deal because we can't really help them right now, and this is the best way we could think of in helping them out," said Brea Parrott, one of the Parrott kids helping with the fundraiser.

The kids will take the money raised and then buy food from local restaurants to give to health care workers and others on the front lines. 

The kids' uncle is Duluth Police Chief Mike Tusken, and Uncle Mike promised if they raised the $5,000, he will jump into Lake Superior.

There is no word yet as to when that will happen.

If you would like to donate to the effort, click here.


Ryan Juntti

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