Packers fans pay it forward in A.L.

Published 12:23 pm Saturday, February 5, 2011

Albert Lea Salvation Army Capt. Jim Brickson, second from right, stand in the Trail’s Travel Center parking lot Wednesday night with Green Bay Packers fan Sue Decker, who made a brief stop in Albert Lea to donate brats and cheese to the Salvation Army food pantry. -- Submitted

Decker donated brats and cheese to Salvation Army on way to Dallas

A Green Bay Packers fan from Wisconsin has put her team spirit to good use this week as she traveled to the Super Bowl.

Driving from Wisconsin to Texas, Sue Decker and a few family members from Marshfield, Wis., — under the name Packer Fans Paying it Forward — donated food to a different food pantry in every state they passed through.

But the group didn’t just donate regular commodities such as boxed pasta or canned vegetables at each stop — they donated trademark Wisconsin foods of brats and cheese.

The food had been donated by area businesses where Decker lives.

Albert Lea Salvation Army Capt. Jim Brickson — a Packers fan himself — said Decker stopped in Albert Lea for a brief visit around 9 p.m. Wednesday.

Brickson said he got a call from local police officers notifying him that the people were going to stop by the Salvation Army.

Decker picked towns randomly along her journey and then called local law enforcement to make arrangements.

Brickson said the woman was decked out from head to toe with Packers clothing and other gear when he met her to receive the donation on behalf of the Salvation Army

He noted that the Salvation Army planned to serve the brats and cheese at its community meal site Friday.