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Simple Facebook plea raises $35K in cash, formula

One-woman drive feeds needy infants

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"I’M going to faint," said Susan Krepart when she found out just how much baby formula her one-woman drive raised for Winnipeg Harvest.

After two weeks of driving around the city, usually for about five hours at a time, Krepart collected 375.5 kilograms of formula worth approximately $10,000.

Harvest weighed Krepart's haul Friday morning before the Winnipeg Free Press surprised her at home with the news.

'It's been the most humbling experience of my life. If I could do that in two weeks, what could other people do if they tried?'

-- Susan Krepart

"It's been the most humbling experience of my life," said Krepart, once she'd recovered from the shock. "If I could do that in two weeks, what could other people do if they tried?"

Krepart, a mother of two, decided to raise awareness about the dire need for formula at Harvest when she heard their supply had dwindled to 11 tins. Her simple Facebook status -- details of the shortfall and the tag line "No likes, just helps" -- was shared hundreds of times.

"We raised $1,000 on the first day and that was just from my friends. I figured I'd exhausted that avenue after that," said Krepart.

'Bless her heart. She's a good, kind and thoughtful person and she just got so passionately behind this'

-- Winnipeg Harvest's Kate Brenner

Complete strangers came out of the woodwork to donate funds and formula, which Krepart picked up directly from their homes.

On top of the $10,000 worth of formula, she collected more than $25,000 in cash donations and cheques, $11,000 of which came from Qualico Developments, which stepped up Thursday to match her then-total.

Krepart was particularly touched by a woman she met who had lost her baby boy, Magnus Hay, just days before and donated formula after his death; she named the drive in his honour.

"I'm challenging Winnipeggers through this," said Krepart. "Every time you're in the grocery store, try putting one or two tins in the bin. Once a month, put formula in the bin and think of sweet Magnus as you're doing it."

Kate Brenner, Harvest's director of development, praised Krepart's outstanding efforts.

"Bless her heart. She's a good, kind and thoughtful person, and she just got so passionately behind this," said Brenner. "What a huge heart this woman has."

jessica.botelho-urbanski@freepress.mb.ca

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition December 21, 2013 A11

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Updated on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 6:34 AM CST: Replaces photo

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