Life 97.3 and St. Luke’s hospital have partnered again to collect typical baby shower items for organizations across the Northland. More information can be found at or call 218-722-6700. Organization supported include: Duluth – Women’s Care Center; Superior – Superior Life Care Center; Hayward – Northwoods New Life Resource Center; Hibbing and Virginia – Options for Women; Ashland - Chequamegon Pregnancy Center; Grand Marais – Violence Prevention Center; and Grand Rapids – New Beginnings Pregnancy Care Center.

Drop off your donations at one of the following:

  • Duluth – St. Luke’s Building A on the first floor, Cub Foods, Life 97.3 Ministry Center
  • Superior – Central Assembly Superior
  • Newsletter signup for email alerts
  • Cloquet – Common Ground Coffee
  • Chisholm Baptist Church
  • Hayward Wesleyan Church
  • Ashland – Salem Baptist Church
  • Proctor – The Landing Church
  • Grand Rapids – Inspirations Bookstore
  • You can also donate via our Amazon’s Baby Registry.

  • Union Gospel Mission
    uses cash donations to provide hot meals, warm clothing and hygiene kits to people in need. Meal hours:

  • Breakfast: Wednesday, 8:30-9 a.m.
  • Lunch: Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, noon-12:30 p.m.
  • Dinner: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, 4:15-5 p.m.
  • Mail donations to: 219 E. 1st St. Call 218-722-1196 for more information. Online:
  • St. Luke’s Foundation is asking for donations of children’s toys (no small pieces), crayons, coloring books, puzzles, books, games that can be played solo, small radios and phone chargers. All donated goods can be dropped off at St. Luke’s Foundation, 1000 E. First St., Suite 102, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Friday. Donated items will be sanitized and quarantined prior to patient use or (when appropriate) redistribution. Call Meagan Avery, Development Associate, at 218-249-2543.

    American Red Cross blood drives: To make an appointment or for more information, download the Red Cross blood donor app, visit, call 800-733-2767 or enable the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device. From now through Jan. 31, Memorial Blood Centers will test all donations for antibodies to COVID-19. Those who come to donate blood or platelets this January will be automatically entered to win two tickets to next year’s Super Bowl LVI in Los Angeles. In addition, those who come to give through Jan. 20 will also be automatically entered to win the Big Game at Home package for a viewing experience at home, with a 65-inch television and a $500 gift card to put toward food and fun.

    • 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. today, Jan. 13, YMCA at Essentia Wellness Center, 4289 Ugstad Road, Hermantown.

    • 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. today, Jan. 13, Ashland High School, 1900 Beaser Ave.

    • 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. today, Jan. 13, Silver Bay High School, 137 Banks Boulevard.

    • 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 14, North Shore Fifth Ave., Grand Marais

    • 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 15, Moose Lake Community Schools, 4812 County Road 10.

    • 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 19, American Red Cross Northland Chapter Duluth, 2524 Maple Grove Road.

    • Noon to 5 p.m. Jan. 20, American Red Cross Northland Chapter Duluth, 2524 Maple Grove Road.

    • 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Jan. 21, Journey Christian Church, 1400 Washington Ave., Cloquet.

    Carlton High School is banding together to save the Carlton VFW Post #2962, a community staple that has been open since 1934. It's in danger of closing due to lost revenue from the COVID-19 pandemic. A GoFundMe page, Save the Carlton VFW, has been sent up with a goal of raising $10,000 in hopes of saving the Post and preserving it for years to come.

    AEOA's Meals on Wheels program is in need of volunteer drivers on Tuesdays and every other Friday. Delivery times begin between 9:30-10 a.m. with an approximate delivery time of 1 to 1½ hours. During the pandemic, this service has become more important than ever. Call Kirsten at 218-409-5991 if you are able to help.

    Lutheran Social Service offers a Therapeutic Foster Care information session, 6-7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 19. Sign up at Contact Kris Hanson at 218-600-6996 or email if you have any questions.