Ward's 29-day giving campaign

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

 

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People have another two weeks to contribute to the 29-day giving challenge.

 

The annual challenge began Nov. 13 and runs until Dec. 12.  This is the fifth year the project has been done locally. It is part of a global project that encourages people to give one thing away every day for 29 days.

 

The goal in De Smet is to fill up the window at Ward’s Store & Bakery with donated non-food items such as personal care and cleaning products for families in need in Kingsbury County.

 

These essential items, such as soap and toilet paper, are given to low-income families that are on the food stamp program because they cannot get these items with food stamps.

 

“Each family is given so much according to the number of people in their household,” Patti Slater, owner of Ward’s, and coordinator of the challenge, said.

 

Slater said the need is greater this year because of recent cuts in the food stamp program. Families need to use their cash for food.

 

Slater said if people want to donate money she will use it to buy needed items.

 

Nearly 100 families were served last year and at least that many are estimated this year, according to Sue Koistinen, a worker with Interlakes Community Action Partnership, (ICAP). “It’s such a great help to people in Kingsbury County,” she said.

 

At the end of the challenge, items are taken to the Kingsbury County Courthouse where they will be distributed.

 

Donna Palmlund

Staff Writer

The De Smet News

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