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Local Non-Profits Surprised with $3,500 Checks

Posted at: 11/19/2012 6:44 PM
By: Brianna Long

It's one of the few resources available to battered women who have no other option.

"When there's abuse, even verbal abuse is bad too, and they don't have a family to turn to, and they dont' have a church that they can get to, they know they can come to the women's shelter," said Geri Heckman, a volunteer at the shelter. 

Monday, the Women's Shelter in Rochester got a little help in carrying out it's mission.
Suzie Christenson, the director, was surprised with a $3,500 check. She says the money will do a lot of good.

"It literally is a place that saves lives. Changes lives, yes, but also saves many lives, so that they're not a part of the statistics every year," said Christenson.

The money comes from a non-profit insurance agency called Royal Neighbors of America.

"We take the earnings from the sale of our insurance and annuity products, and reinvest them in programs for our members and the community where they live," said Sarah Reemtsma, with Royal Neighbors.

Each year, they give grants out to women who do good in their community. Like Suzie, Krista Wicklund is also being recognized. She works at the Link, helping homeless teenagers.

"Grants that we have are limited. They're absolutely amazing, we need them for our program. But there are only so many things we can do with them. And there are so many things that fall through the cracks, we need those donations to help with them," said Wicklund.

So while the surprises came in the form of a giant check, and a few balloons, the effects will last much longer.

Royal Neighbors of America gave out money to different organizations across the country, totaling more than $100,000.