by Cori Hilsgen
St. Joseph Y2K Lions members recently held a brat-sale fundraiser in front of the St. Joseph Meat Market to raise money for the Wings of Mercy organization.
Wings of Mercy is a group of volunteers who donate time, planes and skills to provide free air transportation for people with limited financial funds who need treatment at distant medical facilities. Pilots are Federal Aviation Administration-certified. and the volunteer professionals are trained and licensed.
The Y2K Lions was founded in 2000. Other Y2K Lions brat-sale proceeds have been donated to various eye banks; hearing and service dogs; a thermal-imaging camera for the St. Joseph Fire Department; Project New Hope, which is a retreat for returning veterans and their families; Miracle Field, a ball field for the physically disabled; the Cerebral Palsy Halloween party and the St. Joseph Area Community Food Shelf.
Hilsgen is a contributing reporter for the Newsleaders. The central Minnesota native is a wife, mother and grandmother. She has a Bachelor's degree in Organizational Management and Communication from Concordia University – St. Paul, MN and enjoys learning about and sharing other people's stories through the pages of the Newsleaders.