Real Ranger: Leadership Academy |

Real Ranger: Leadership Academy

Updated: May 12, 2021 05:42 PM
Created: May 12, 2021 03:24 PM

Brad Gustafson loves Christmas. “It was always a big deal when I was growing up.” 

And he usually rings bells for the Salvation Army. He knew they were dealing with challenges during the pandemic with fewer people shopping and ringing. 

So when he was picking a non-profit to help, he chose them. “They are serving over 100 meals a day, but didn’t budget for the to-go containers.” Before COVID, the meals were served in person.

Gustafson jumped on Facebook and asked his social network for donations. And his videos generated over $1000, which was enough to buy a six month supply from Range Paper. “Mark was nearly crying when I told him.”

Gustafson went through the Leadership Academy put on by the Laurentian Chamber of Commerce. 

Seven others were part of the group. They met for five weeks, and each chose a non-profit to help, for their community support campaign. One person chose to support youth athletics, nother the Range Regional Animal Rescue, and another the Meals on Wheels program in Hoyt Lakes.

As for Gustafson, he plans to continue to help.

“It feels good to do good. I hope to inspire others to reach out and offer help,” he said.

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