REACH Looking for Your Support During Giving Hearts Day
Hawley, MN — This Thursday as part of Giving Hearts Day, REACH, or the Rural Enrichment and Counseling Headquarters, is asking for your donation so it can continue to make sure the basic needs are met for all people in rural Clay, Norman, and Backer Counties. REACH offers services such as counseling, family support, and career services, and also manages a food pantry and thrift stores in Hawley and Hendrum. In addition to that, REACH also runs the Backpack Program, which provides a weekend food supply to more than 700 students in six area schools including Hawley, Glyndon, Ulen-Hitterdal, Norman County West, Norman County East, and most recently Ada-Borup, according to REACH Executive Director Peggie Chisholm.
As a result of the pandemic, the demand for food needs was up 42% this past year at REACH, but donations were down. Chisholm even noted that people who used to donate to REACH were now requesting services. And as the pandemic begins slowing down, she adds that they are projecting a high demand for their career services as people head back to the job market.
You can best support REACH by donating to them this Thursday, February 11th as part of Giving Hearts Day. Chisholm says there is also some sweet incentives by donating either in-person or online.
To donate, go to www.givingheartsdays.org and search for REACH. Last year’s Giving Hearts Day campaign raised more than $19 million by almost 35,000 donors. Giving Hearts Day was founded in 2008 and is a 24 hour fundraising event for charities in North Dakota and northwest Minnesota.