Alexandria students raise money for Habitat for Humanity of Douglas County 'Cardinal Build' house

Funds raised from Soup Supper will be matched with a grant from State Farm Insurance.

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Alexandria Area High School DECA students (in Santa hats) from left, Aisling O'Connor, Izabella Kent and Brynn Kosters, along with Piper Hill (in a reindeer headband), daughter of Jenna Hill, welcome people to the Community Soup Supper. The event, which took place Friday, Dec. 17, was hosted by the DECA students in partnership with Habitat for Humanity. Monday raised from the event will go toward the Cardinal Build Habitat home, which will be for the Hill family. Celeste Edenloff / Alexandria Echo Press

Alexandria high school business students teamed up with Habitat for Humanity of Douglas County to host a Community Soup Supper to raise funds for the "Cardinal Build" Habitat home.

The event took place on Friday, Dec. 17, at the Alexandria Area High School.

Although the snowy weather that evening may have kept some people away, there were still about 150 who attended the Community Soup Supper. Soups served were chicken noodle and chili, along with crackers, buns and cookies. Food was purchased at a discount from Henry’s Foods and Cub Foods.

The students, who are members of DECA, a business club, raised about $1,700 during the event, but are about $2,500 shy of meeting their goal of $10,000, according to Mary Gorghuber from Habitat for Humanity of Douglas County.

She said people can still donate through the month of January and that the funds will go toward the house being built for Jenna Hill, a new Habitat homeowner, and her children, Piper and Auden.


Hill and her children are looking forward to moving into their new home, said Hill during the event, noting that their house should be ready in April.

Donations to the DECA students for the Cardinal Build house will be matched dollar for dollar by State Farm Insurance, which is why they are hoping to meet their $10,000 goal.

There are three ways for people to still donate:

  • Visit and click on donate .
  • Text DOUGLAS to 26989 and follow the prompts.
  • Mail a check to Habitat for Humanity, 1211 N. Nokomis NE, Alexandria MN, 56308.

Make sure to note “Give Home for the Holidays” when making the donation.

Celeste Edenloff is the special projects editor and a reporter for the Alexandria Echo Press. She has lived in the Alexandria Lakes Area since 1997. She first worked for the Echo Press as a reporter from 1999 to 2011, and returned in 2016 to once again report on the community she calls home.
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