Thursday, June 23, 2011

Giving Back: Minot Flood Victims

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I mentioned on FM Cheapskate's Facebook page that I'd let you know as opportunities arise to help our neighbors in Minot as they deal with dangerous flooding. Thousands have now been forced to evacuate and shelters have been set up to house those Minot residents that have nowhere to stay. Please join with me in giving generously to the following organizations and food drives! As more opportunities arise, I'll keep you updated.

Great Plains Food Bank: Nonperishable food items, Personal and Cleaning Items, Volunteers

The Great Plains Food Bank announced just this afternoon that they will be accepting donations of nonperishable food, personal care items and cleaning supplies to help residents in Minot and the surrounding areas who are and who will be affected by flooding. These items will be used at shelters and food pantries, as well as mobile feeding units and during cleanup.

From The Fargo Forum:
Items may be dropped off at the Great Plains Food Bank at 1720 3rd Ave. N. in Fargo. Hours are until 8 p.m. today, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday and during regular business hours starting Monday.

Food donations also will be collected through July at Fargo-Moorhead’s six Hornbacher’s stores, four SunMart stores, two Cash Wise Foods stores and three Walmart stores. Collection barrels will be clearly marked at the stores’ front entrances.
Read more on items most needed and volunteering your time with the Great Plains Food Bank.

Salvation Army: Monetary Donations

Text MINOT to 80888 to donate $10. Reply with "Yes" to the confirmation text. A one time donation of $10 will be added to your mobile phone bill.

Red Cross: Monetary Donations

Donate online to the American Red Cross Mid Dakota Chapter.

As couponers, many of us often keep well stocked pantries of items that we buy for free or cheap on sale and with coupons. For me, the opportunity to give in situations like this is one of the reasons I shop the way I do. Now is the time to dig deep if you can! Get your donations of a few items or a few boxes full of items up to the Great Plains Food Bank or to one of our grocery stores as soon as you're able. I love knowing that so many of you will be sharing of your stockpiles to benefit our neighbors in Minot!


  1. Nonperishable food items, personal care items, and cleaning supplies are also being collected at Elim Rehab & Care Center, 3534 University Drive South, Fargo. Items can be dropped off with the receptionist at the front desk. Since we had to evacuate our facility a couple of years ago due to potential flooding, our hearts go out to the people of Minot, and we want to return some of the kindness that our community showed to us during that challenging time.

  2. Money raising event tomorrow:

  3. Thinking about you in the "other Dakota!" Stay safe!