A peanut butter and jelly sandwich was made every two seconds during a Rapid City Area Chamber of Commerce mixer last week, and the end products were served to hungry children.

The 600 sandwiches, made in less than 15 minutes, were donated to Feeding South Dakota, which delivered them to two Rapid City organizations serving children in need.

The PB&J contest quickly surpassed the original goal of making 250 sandwiches at the event hosted by the Adoba Eco Hotel.

Four teams of 15 people raced to fill lunch bags with a sandwich and green apple. The prize for the winning team: bragging rights as expert sandwich makers.

In Rapid City, Feeding South Dakota distributed more than 3.1 million pounds of food in 2012. That equates to 2,584,000 meals, according to Lauren Forsch, development associate for Feeding South Dakota.

Duo educates public about birds

They have six part-time jobs between the two of them.

In their free time, John Halverson and Maggie Engler run the nonprofit Black Hills Raptor Center. They visit at least three schools a week, birds in tow, to give presentations of the raptors.

"These guys are tireless and relentless in their dedication to the raptors and their conservation," Jolynn Clark said. "They do this without pay. Wow, who does that?"

Clark started volunteering with the organization after her 11-year-old daughter saw a presentation by the duo. "These guys are super-loving people with hearts as big as a car," said Clark. "Every free moment is consumed with caring and educating with these birds."

For more information on the center visit blackhillsraptorcenter.org.

Teen builds garden boxes for Eagle Scout project

National Relief Charities reached out to a local architectural firm recently to build some raised garden boxes for use by Pine Ridge elders. The agency pointed them toward Adam Archbold, 15, a Stevens High School sophomore who needed a volunteer project to earn the rank of Eagle Scout in Boy Scouts of America.

Archbold worked with other volunteers from Boy Scout Troops 96 and 60, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and FourFront Design.

He and two volunteers began to design and build the boxes. By the end of the project, Archbold had recruited 15 to 18 volunteers to help build the boxes.

After testing the initial boxes, Archbold realized that older people might have a difficult time reaching the center of the boxes. He adapted the design to accommodate people of varying heights and strength.

"I wish it was still going; it was fun to make them," Archbold said. "I enjoyed being able to help (the other volunteers) be able to learn to make them."

He delivered them to National Relief Charities in Rapid City earlier this month.

National Relief Charities has invited Archbold, a Boy Scout since he was 8, to deliver the 50 garden boxes to Pine Ridge later this spring as part of a collaborative gardening effort including the training of residents by Master Gardeners.

Rush fan finds purse

Lori Little tells her own story of how someone touched her heart by doing a good deed recently. Lori writes:

"I attended a Rush game on Feb. 22. After the game I left my purse sitting on the floor in front of my seat and discovered I forgot it a few minutes later.

"When I went back to get it, a worker told me, 'I saw a man carrying a pink purse down the hallway.' After talking to a few civic center workers, we found the person who was holding it for me. I am so thankful to have it back with all of its contents. So proud of and grateful for my fellow South Dakotans!"

Cheerleading for Special Olympics

For the first time, Black Hills Works' Special Olympians had a cheerleading squad back them up at the Black Hills Area Special Olympics Basketball Tournament, held Feb. 22 at South Dakota School of Mines & Technology.

Volunteer coaches Stacey Parrent, Silasa Hills, Heather Snyder, Michelle Kline, Heather Rahder, Tammy Wiswell, Kelly Wiswell, Lorelei Roberts and Charlie Hartpence teamed up to work with a group of 15 cheerleaders, all supported by Black Hills Works. The squad continues to practice for future Special Olympics events. Thanks to Dorothy Rosby for this submission.


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