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Local woman giving back to community; Duluth Police step in to help out

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DULUTH, MN-- For Netta Birgans, giving back feeds her soul.

"I don't mind doing what I do, I enjoy doing what I do," said Birgans.
Lately, she's been feeding others, too.

Packing up bagged lunches for kids in her Duluth Heights neighborhood, making sure they have meals during the pandemic.

She said, "The whole summer I would have little gatherings, hot dogs, hamburgers, whatever for people to come. All walks of life."

Netta's work caught the attention of the Duluth Police Department. They gave her several $25 dollar gift cards to Super One.

Ingrid Hornibrook, the department's Public Information Officer said, "There's a lot of people to help in this community and Netta has a lot of good work to do."

Netta's helping hand is coming at a time when people need it most.

"We can't serve the community on our own. We really do rely on the good work from neighbors like Netta, who know their neighbors. Who knows what they need and to have their basic needs met," said Hornibrook.

Now, thanks to the department's donations, Netta is planning to expand her efforts.

Birgans said, "I have hygiene products, I'm looking for some donations because there are more things I want to do. So, if I could buy somebody a coat, I would. If I could buy somebody some shoes, I would."

From feeding her community to clothing her community.
A gift of warmth, inside and out.

Donations can be brought to 705 Upham Road in Duluth's Windwood Townhome complex.

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Emma Quinn

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