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Annual ice cream social slated for Sunday

Our Savior Lutheran Church’s ice cream social and dinner has been a Marshalltown tradition for 21 years. Good food, good friends — all for a good cause — with proceeds given to local charitable groups.

This year’s event will take place Sunday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the church, 3001 S. Sixth Street.

“Over the past 10 years, proceeds from this event have donated over $35,000 to local charities. Last year, a $6,000 donation was made to the MICA Tornado Relief Fund,” Chairman John Reardon said.

This year’s recipients will be Heart of Iowa Big Brothers Big Sisters and Youth and Shelter Services (YSS) of Marshall County.

YSS Director David Hicks said the agency plans on using its cut of the proceeds to help stock the donation center in its new headquarters.

“Diapers are always a need for our clients, and seasonal things too such as winter gloves and clothing and smoke and fire alarms — emerging needs,” Hicks said.

BBBS Executive Director Lynne Carroll said the proceeds her organization will get will fund activities for bigs and littles (mentors and their matches).

“It’s nice to provide activities for them free of charge,” Carroll said.

Some examples may include kickball tournaments, movie and game tickets, and meals.

The ice cream social and dinner, which is a freewill offering, will include beef and pork sandwiches, potato salad, baked beans, homemade pies and cakes, homemade ice cream, plus lemonade, iced tea and coffee.

Volunteers from the church will spend hours this week making the ice cream, following in the footsteps of long-time volunteer Arnold Hanke, who died in 2017.

Reardon said they will make 85 gallons of vanilla ice cream for the event.

“I’ve been involved with the ice cream social for 15 years and know all the hard work that goes into it,” Hicks said.

The church is handicap accessible and air-conditioned. Carry outs available.

For more information, the church may be reached at 641-753-4108.

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Contact Sara Jordan-Heintz at 641-753-6611 or sjordan@timesrepublican.com