Prior Lake Teens Fundraise Water Softener Salt

Updated: 01/23/2013 12:40 PM By: Maricella Miranda

Fundraising with cookies, flowers and candy doesn't compare to selling a product people actually need - like water softener salt.

Teen girls from the Prior Lake Soccer Club began selling water softener bags this week to raise money for a two-week trip in July to Gothenburg, Sweden.

There, they'll participate in a soccer tournament, said Betsy Primeau, the team's co-manager.

We "tried to come up with something that everybody uses and would want," Primeau said. "People are more receptive. It's something they use and need to get."

The team delivers the bags right to people's homes.

The girls, who range in age from 14 to 15, first began selling the salt last fall door-to-door in Prior Lake and Savage. They sold nearly 1,200 bags, totaling $2,394.

This week, the team has been using Facebook and emails to sell the water softener because of the bitter cold, Primeau said. They'll be collecting orders through Feb. 2.

The team hopes to raise $2,500 per player for the trip. They began fundraising in spring 2011 and have raised about 75 percent of their goal, Primeau said.

Although they added water softener to their fundraising list, they also sold flowers and wreaths, as well as organized a garage sale and silent auction spaghetti dinner.

To buy water softener salt bags, supporters can email Primeau at The bags cost $6 to $6.50 each.

Photo courtesy of the Prior Lake Soccer Club.