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5 adopted children give back to foster care office that helped find them a forever home

GRAND FORKS — The holiday season is one of giving and an area family is giving back to the place that helped them become whole.

The lights on the Christmas tree at the Frank home twinkle above a stack of presents. But that's not what Christmas is about inside the Grand Forks home.

One of the many values John and Christina Frank have instilled in their kids is a sense of family and its importance to the holiday season.

"They are really fortunate to be where they are at, I don't know if there are a lot of people who are less fortunate, they don't know where their next meal is going to come from," John Frank said.

For the second year in a row, the Frank kids wanted to give back to the community with a Christmas fundraiser. Last year it was $500 to the Community Violence Intervention Center in Grand Forks. This year they raised money for the Grand Forks County Foster Care Office.

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For the past month they taped videos about their cause and shared them on social media. The kids chipped in too with each donating $20 from their piggy banks.

"It felt so astonishing. One dollar wouldn't be enough but twenty dollars is pretty good, we don't need that much money in our piggy banks," said Jeremiah Frank.

Friday, Dec. 13 was a homecoming of sorts for the family as they returned to the foster care center where they reunited with those who helped them find their forever home. The children noticed that it didn't look much different from when they had been there as foster children.

The Franks' goal was to raise $500. They nearly tripled their goal and raised $1,400. The money will be used to renovate the family visitation rooms at the site. They are the same rooms where the kids spent time with their biological families years ago.

"(It's) more conducive to a home-like setting, which if nothing else will take the child's mind off of it," said Foster Care Case Manager, George Jirout. Until now, the largest donation ever to help spruce up the visitation rooms was about $300.

The kids were rewarded Friday for their hard work; their parents were proud of their five little ones who know first-hand the meaning of the word "family".

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