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A spread of new beds

Photo by Rachelle Klemme Linda Albrecht-Norby carries a mattress into Furniture Gallery.

Cats love cushions and blankets, but District 5M9 Lions love mattresses - especially when they are donated to Wadena and Otter Tail County residents affected by the June 17 tornadoes.

Twenty-five childrens' beds and three adult beds were brought into The Furniture Gallery to be distributed to families on Friday, Oct. 1.

Wendy Molstad, case manager for Wadena Otter Tail Long-Term Recovery Committee, said that some tornado survivors' mattresses needed to be replaced after being embedded with glass.

Jim Arvidson, last year's Lions district governor, said the fundraising, transportation and distribution of the Comfort King mattresses was a collaborative effort of the District 5M9 Lions Club members, Tri-County Hospital, the Long-Term Recovery Committee and Polman Transfer.

In addition, Molstad said that Trinity Lutheran Church of Wendell, Minn. donated quilts, and JCPenney of Baxter provided the bedding.

"We are very pleased that we are able to help the Wadena community," current district governor Linda Albrecht-Norby said.

Arvidson and Molstad said that more beds were needed, especially for elderly residents of the area.

According to the website, the district includes clubs in Aitkin, Becker, Cass, Crow Wing, Hubbard, Otter Tail, northern Todd, Wadena and Wilkin Counties.