Duluth snow angels aid homeless youth at UMD

By KBJR News 1

March 9, 2014 Updated Mar 9, 2014 at 10:51 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com)

"Two, one, spread those arms and make those angels!" said master of ceremonies Kevin Jacobsen.

KBJR 6 and Range 11 news anchor Kevin Jacobsen had the power Sunday to order a couple hundred people to flop down on the snow of UMD's football field and flail around making snow angels.
It was a fundraiser to help homeless youth.
Master of ceremonies Jacobsen took his orders for the event from a fellow who found snow a foreign concept just a couple of years ago.

"When I came here in America to Duluth East High School, I had no idea what snow was. All I knew was it is this white thing on the ground." said Jireh Mabamba.

Jireh Mabamba has roots in the Democratic Republic of Congo and South Africa.
But, he embraced his new arctic home by organizing his buddies into a community service club.

"I first met him and he goes you know, I say we start this club called Rotaract because I know a little about it and I said all right, Jireh, let's do it." said fellow UMD student James Fall from Hudson, WI.

Rotaract is a branch of the Rotary Club for young people between 18 and 30.
Rotary and Rotaract pitched in with the snow angel fundraiser to help Lutheran Social Services with their proposed Center For Changing Lives.

"Lutheran Social Services has this vision to bring together all of their services for homeless youth in the Northland area." said Bob Sherman of the Duluth Rotary.

The center will be built on east Superior Street.
LSS representatives tell us the need is great in the Twin Ports.

"Currently there are probably 150 homeless youth a night in Duluth." said Sonja Baertsch of LSS.

"In the end as people shuffled off the football field, they left with a feeling of goodwill instilled by Jireh and his friends." said reporter Dave Anderson.

Jireh says he's been lucky in life and wants to share that good fortune with his new Northland neighbors.

"Making the snow angels and raising money for the homeless is the one way I'll team up with Duluth people to help the homeless and it starts right here!"

In Duluth, Dave Anderson, KBJR 6 and Range 11.

The Rotary and Rotaract Clubs along with their hundreds of snow angels raised $25,000 for the LSS Center For Changing Lives.