Catherine (Kay) Zabrok

5:14 PM, Jan 9, 2013   |    comments
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"We know the need is always there." 

The numbers behind Catherine Zabrok's volunteer efforts are astounding. For 23 years, she and her late husband Chalmer supervised the clothing center at the Dayton Avenue Presbyterian Church. Each month, 150-200 people rely on the center for clothing, furniture, household items, and toys. That's more than 55,000 people touched by Catherine's efforts. 

Catherine says Chalmer should be the one getting this recognition. In WWII, after surviving a bomb blast to the foxhole he was sitting in, Chalmer promised God he would marry Catherine and devote part of his life to helping others. They celebrated 58 years of marriage. Catherine says the number of people they've helped doesn't matter to her. She prefers to focus on their time spent together doing something for others. "We have fun and it's very fulfilling." 

Catherine and Chalmer also volunteered for 40 years at the Midway Men's Club at the Minnesota State Fair. In fact, she's an honorary member.  

Designated charities: Disabled American Veterans & St. Judes Children's Research Hospital

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