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Family donates 200 carbon monoxide detectors to be distributed in Fargo-Moorhead area

Distribution will begin as early as next week, March 22, at both Dorothy Day food pantry locations and throughout the community.

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Carbon monoxide alarms on display at a West Fargo store on Dec. 20, 2021.
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MOORHEAD — A Minnesota family recently donated 200 carbon monoxide detectors to the Churches United for the Homeless shelter in Moorhead, which will distribute the detectors to Fargo-Moorhead area individuals and families via the Dorothy Day food pantries.

The distribution will begin as early as next week, March 22, at both Dorothy Day pantry locations and throughout the community.

The Dorothy Day pantries are located at 1308 Main Ave. in Moorhead and at 2820 Bluestem Drive in West Fargo.

"This is a life-saving device for every home, and we are honored to be receiving and giving them to our neighbors in need," said pastor Sue Koesterman, Churches United CEO.

Carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless and tasteless gas that is fatal at high concentrations of exposure.

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William and Alex Sherk of Neighborhood Plumbing, a business based in Foley, Minnesota, donated CO detectors to nonprofit groups all over Minnesota in memory of a family member who died from carbon monoxide poisoning, according to a statement from Churches United.

The deaths of seven members of a Moorhead family in December prompted the Sherks to donate CO detectors in the Fargo-Moorhead area, "where they hope to spread awareness and security to those in need," Churches United said in its statement.

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