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Published October 18, 2010, 12:00 AM

Volunteers raise $130K for homeless

Hundreds of Homeless and Hungry volunteers this weekend raised an estimated $130,000, and donors contributed 40,000 pounds of donated goods. The project, involving 670 students and others in the Fargo-Moorhead area, is the fifth annual.

By: Patrick Springer, INFORUM

Hundreds of Homeless and Hungry volunteers this weekend raised an estimated $130,000, and donors contributed 40,000 pounds of donated goods.

The project, involving 670 students and others in the Fargo-Moorhead area, is the fifth annual.

Between 150 and 200 people in need stopped by Fargo South High School to pick up donated items, including food, clothing and blankets.

Leftover items were distributed to local homeless shelters.

Participants were given the goal of each raising $365, because a dollar a day can feed a homeless person, said Erik Hatch, youth minister at First Lutheran Church in Fargo and the project’s coordinator.

Youths slept outside Saturday night at 17 host sites, often using large cardboard boxes as makeshift shelters, to gain an idea of the conditions homeless people confront.

Temperatures dropped overnight to about 31 degrees.

“It was pretty chilly,” said Karissa Andersen, a junior at Fargo South, who slept outside Atonement Lutheran Church, adding she was able to sleep “off and on.”


Readers can reach Forum reporter Patrick Springer at (701) 241-5522

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