Prize offers lesson in generosity

Hazel Nahan and her father, Dave, of Waconia, race through the aisles at Mackenthun’s Fine Foods in Waconia during a two-minute shopping spree. (Submitted photo)

Hazel Nahan and her father, Dave, of Waconia, race through the aisles at Mackenthun’s Fine Foods in Waconia during a two-minute shopping spree. (Submitted photo)

Imagine winning a grocery store shopping spree. For two frantic minutes, you race around the store, filling your cart with items that will hopefully fill your pantry for months to come. Now, imagine winning the shopping spree, spending the same frantic two minutes filling the cart, and then … giving it all away.
The second vision was the plan followed by 10-year-old Hazel Nahan of Waconia, who recently enjoyed a two-minute shopping spree at Mackenthun’s Fine Foods in Waconia thanks to winning the grand prize in the Homecoming Kickoff fundraiser sponsored by the Waconia Band Boosters and Mackenthun’s last October.
With family and friends present to cheer her on, Hazel went on the shopping spree at 8 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 19. Considering Hazel’s age, Mackenthun’s softened the rules and allowed her father to help push the cart. By the end of the shopping spree, Hazel had managed to toss about $100 worth of groceries into her cart. She kept a cheesecake for herself and a steak for her father and sent the rest to the Waconia United Food Shelf.
“I just wanted to help people,” said Hazel, who was pretty excited to learn she had won the grand prize in the contest. She and her sister, Claire, each had two chances to win a prize. And although Hazel won the prize in October, she decided to wait until after the holidays were over before going on the shopping spree.
Hazel’s parents, Joy and Dave Nahan of Waconia, were proud of Hazel’s decision to donate to the food shelf.

Read the rest of the story in the Feb. 21 Waconia Patriot.

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