An Everyday Hero is someone who goes out of their way to make a difference in the Twin Cities. Whether it’s a person who volunteers at a food bank, coaches little league, visits nursing homes, keeps a local park clean, or someone who stepped up and helped an injured person in need. At Sun Country we know that Everyday Heroes don’t look for recognition from their local community, but we still want to honor them. Sun Country Everyday Heroes is a program designed to recognize and honor people in our communities who go above and beyond to help others out in times of need, often with little or no recognition.
Sun Country will recognize a new Everyday Hero each week by awarding them with a Sun Country Airlines travel voucher valued at $500, redeemable for Sun Country Airlines flights or vacation packages. Each Everyday Hero story will be highlighted by Dez and Ryan from the KS95 Morning Show, 5 Eyewitness News Morning News and Twin Cities Live (KSTP-TV, Weekdays 3-430p)!
You’re encouraged to nominate a friend, fellow employee, relative or someone you recognize in the community who you believe is an Everyday Hero. Simply fill in the nomination form and describe in 250 words or less, how your nominee goes above and beyond to help out in your community.
An Everyday Hero is someone who goes out of their way to make a difference for others like Jeff from White Bear Lake. He used his own wedding as a way to drive donations for those in need refusing to get married until his friends, family and town filled a truck with food for the White Bear Area Emergency Food Shelf. He collects toiletries and supplies for the homeless and organizes toy drives for the children’s hospital. Jeff says he’ll travel to New Orleans with his Sun Country travel voucher. Thank you Jeff!
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Meet Tom, nominated for his work with the Minnesota Hockey Recreation League! The Rec League is committed to offering players a low cost hockey alternative. Tom’s own kids have been out of school for several years, but he stayed involved with youth hockey making sure all kids have the opportunity to play. After so much time in a cold rink, Tom will use his Sun Country travel voucher to fly somewhere warm! Thank you Tom!
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Meet Senta from Minneapolis. She is a champion for Minnesota’s homeless. Everyday she fights for the thousands of children, families and seniors across the state who do not have shelter. She works to fund homeless shelters and build more affordable housing options. Senta is honored to be recognized and plans to use her Sun Country travel voucher to fly to New Orleans! Thank you Senta!
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Meet Lecia from Minneapolis who found a unique way to help the homeless. She founded a theater company where housed and homeless performers that take to the stage and tell stories. The experience changes the lives of the performers and the audience. Lecia plans to use her Sun Country voucher to visit a friend in Denver Colorado! Thank you Lecia!
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Meet Ray from Hudson, Wisconsin. Nominated by his neighbor Rebekah for his help with everything from home repairs to snow removal. Rebekah says he does it all with a smile, great humility and kindness. Ray says he’ll use his Sun Country voucher to head somewhere warm and sunny. Thank you Ray!
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Meet Diana from Isanti. She was nominated by the building manager of her apartment because she’s always willing to lend a hand to others by providing rides and babysitting. Diana is excited to use her Sun Country Voucher to fly to New York with her best friend and see Niagara Falls! Thank you Diana!
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Meet Angie from Champlin. One cold day last winter, Angie was driving to work and stopped to offer a ride to a woman who was walking slowly with a walker. The woman, Tara, had cerebral palsy and was headed to her job. A year later Angie still helps Tara get to and from work – and the two have become close friends. Thank you Angie!
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Meet Claire, she’s a foster parent for children with severe disabilities. Since the 1970’s Claire has brought in over 75 children and provided them with a safe, secure, and loving home. Claire and her kids also participate in adaptive sports, which help children with disabilities stay active through team competition.
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Meet Lindsey, a nurse practitioner who studied at Saint Kate’s in Saint Paul and now travels abroad…providing medical care to refugees. Currently, Lindsey is in Lebanon setting up a local clinic, and training its new staff.
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Meet Scott from Rosemount. For 23 years he has volunteered as a fire-fighter and first responder with the local fire department. When the call for help comes in – day or night – Scott responds. You might also see Scott at a Minnesota Twins game this summer where he is a first aid volunteer. Thank you Scott!
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Meet Kathy from Cold Spring! She started a non-profit called The Healing Grounds which offers caring, confidential grief support to anyone in need. Through this group Kathy and other peer-certified grief care providers have helped many people cope with their personal losses. Thank you Kathy!
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Meet Kraig from Eagle Lake. Kraig has taught special education for 25 years, and his dedication to students doesn’t stop at the classroom door. Kraig has been known to come home from work without his winter jacket, or sometimes his gloves, or even his hat because he gave them to a student in need. Thank you Kraig!
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John and Cindy
This week we recognize John and Cindy from Saint Cloud. After losing their son Tanner at the age of eleven to cancer, John and Cindy created a non-profit called Tanner’s Team. They raise money to help other families facing similar struggles. They are true heros to many. Thank you John and Cindy!
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Meet Mishka! She co-founded an organization called Mile in my Shoes which introduces people – who may be homeless – to the power of running by pairing them with a Run Mentor. They create a sense of community and connection by running together. Thank you Mishka!
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Meet Cindy, a teacher and principal at an alternative learning center. In the classroom Cindy is a mentor and cheerleader. She helps students who struggle with addiction, abuse and everyday issues that cause them stress and anxiety. Cindy is described as a true hero to the students she supports. Thank you Cindy!
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Kate and Tyree
Meet Katie and Tyree! They provide emergency foster family care, often on short notice, to children in Hennepin County. With love filled hearts, they open their doors. From snuggling babies to helping with homework, Katie and Tyree dedicate their lives to helping children deal with challenging situations. Thank you Katie and Tyree!
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Meet Shannon from Richmond! After losing her son Nicholas to pediatric cancer in 2011, Shannon and her husband Erik founded the NPK Hero Foundation which supports Minnesota families affected by pediatric cancer. Shannon works to bring hope to families facing the same situation she did. Thank you Shannon!
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Meet Kimberleigh – she started the Friends Helping Friends Formula and Diaper Shelf in Hudson. In just eighteen months, she’s helped provide over five hundred local families with infant formula and diapers. Kimberleigh’s husband Jacob even helps deliver the items to families that cannot drive to pick them up. Thank you Kimberleigh!
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Meet Mike and his golden retriever, Keb. Keb is a Therapy and Emotional Support Dog, who is specially trained to navigate hospital settings. Mike takes Keb to hospitals and nursing homes to visit patients; “they always have a smile on their face, when Keb comes into the room.” While Keb is the star of every visit, Mike is working behind-the-scenes to put Keb in front of people he can help.
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This week’s everyday hero is Bruce Krogstad. Bruce and his wife Mary have been married for sixty two years. They volunteer together delivering meals to people in need. Bruce also volunteers through his church as a Grand Friend, spending time with grade-school aged kids as a surrogate grandparent. Thank you Bruce!
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This week’s Everyday Hero is Karen Eckstrom. She works in healthcare with low income elderly adults and often goes above and beyond the scope of the job. She has paid out of her own pocket for client groceries and care packages. She has also organized clothing drives to give warm weather clothing to people who can’t afford it. Thank you Karen!
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This week’s Everyday Hero is Laura Howard from Bloomington. Laura volunteers with Warrior Dog Rescue to foster dogs and find them adoptive homes. Her own dog, Miles is also a certified therapy dog who visits hospitals and nursing homes with Laura after she finishes her shift as a registered nurse.
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Jenna is a middle-school math teacher in Shakopee. In addition to teaching, she organizes a “grandparents lunch” for student families every year. Jenna and her husband, Brad, also both volunteer their time to the Lonsdale food shelf helping neighbors right in their community.
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Rochelle is a kindergarten teacher who was nominated by the mother of a former student named James. James’ mother tells us that Rochelle helped her learn to be an advocate for her son. She helped her find the right resources to help James succeed in his upcoming school years. But perhaps the best compliment of all, this mother says: “Thank you for teaching me how to be a better parent to James.” To Rochelle, and all teachers, we thank you!
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Carrie wears many hats – mother, wife, daughter, sister, granddaughter, great-granddaughter, niece, cousin, cherished friend, and businesswoman. She is described as a “kind, warm human being.” Soon she’ll wear another hat – kidney donor. Carrie is donating a kidney to her aunt. For that reason, and for all the hats she wears, Carrie is an Everyday Hero.
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Dale embodies exactly what it means to be an “Everyday Hero.” He has donated hours of his time to helping others through Habitat for Humanity, Meals on Wheels, his church, and the Children’s Weekend Food Program. Dale is described as a “blessing to his community.” Thank you for all you do, Dale!
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