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.
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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