Supporting a Worthwhile Cause

Brandi Breuer has been a member of Zion for as long as she can remember, since her parents, Rich and Joy Arens, moved to Buffalo from Wisconsin in 1987.

She lives in Buffalo with her husband, Joe, and two-year-old son, Gavin.

We love the community and feel it is a great place to raise our family. As a mom, I love the parks and biking/walking trails that are around Buffalo. The new “splash pad” has been a great family fun addition to Buffalo.

Brandi has worked as a nurse for four years and is currently a Registered Nurse at Hennepin County Medical Center in the Parkside OB/GYN multispecialty clinic.

I love the variety of HCMC and being a part of such an amazing healthcare organization.

She also loves to read, go camping, and work on DIY projects.

I find peace with running and have recently gotten into canning & gardening. My favorite way to spend my time is with my family.

Brandi attended Sunday school and confirmation at Zion, volunteered as a Sunday school teacher, then started volunteering for Harvest of Hands about 15 years ago.

At the time my mom was already involved with Harvest of Hands. I was encouraged to join after seeing her positive experience with Harvest of Hands. At first, I started as a greeter, and then began working as a cashier, most recently as the front-end coordinator. I have also done a variety of craft projects/ canned items for the event.

Harvest of Hands is important to Brandi because it not only benefits Zion but raises money to help feed to feed the hungry in our own community and around the world through partner organizations like the World Hunger Appeal through the Lutheran World Federation, the Buffalo Food Shelf, Heifer International, and Outreach International.

I am always surprised by the wonderful turnout of people that have made coming to the Harvest of Hands Bazaar a tradition. I love seeing all the hard work and planning of the year come together. It’s great to see the community come out to support such a wonderful and worthwhile cause [and the items] made by all the wonderful crafters of Zion throughout the year.

For 2013 Brandi is focusing more on jewelry and knitting projects, and she won’t be working at the November event because the Breuer family is expecting the addition of a daughter in October.

The people who get together to share their time and talent are a wonderful, caring and supportive group that is always welcoming new members. I hope that Harvest of Hands can continue to grow and expand in their ministry, that more people join this wonderful outreach program and that Harvest of Hands can continue to be a fun way for people who share a passion for crafts and giving to donate their talents.